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Thrive in a Rapidly Changing World – The Next Generation of IT

Networking is predicted to become the second fastest growing occupation in the U.S., faster than the average for all occupations, and should continue to grow as we invest in new, quicker technology and mobile networks. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth for network administrators, network support specialists and computer network architects alone is projected to grow by more than 20 percent by 2018.

Here’s an infographic to show the industry’s growth, what the future of tech looks like and the skills that will be in demand. Read More »

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iPad Mini Launches – How will it and others impact education?

October 26, 2012 at 9:27 am PST

As we look seriously at connected learning, the influx of notebooks and mobile learning applications has been astounding. This week, in fact, Apple took over much of the news with the launch of its iPad Mini. In the previous weeks leading up to this launch, I heard and read discussions around education being a key target audience for this new iPad offering, which renewed my intrigue in the use of handheld devices & mobile learning.

Bloomberg discussed the rise in iPads being used in the classrooms due to its “cool factor” and ability to encourage students to learn by increasing engagement. More than 2,500 classrooms currently utilize iPads as learning tools, and this number is expected to increase with the continued growth of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD). Superintendent of the McAllen Independent School District in Texas was quoted saying, “We’re moving away from desktops and laptops. Ninety percent of the work is now being done on mobile devices.”

Think about that for a minute -- ninety percent -- wow. With mobile learning amongst Forbes recent list of Five Technologies to Watch, it is obviously only going to increase in momentum. In addition, the potential revolution in digital textbooks is primed to change the entire landscape. The jury is still out on when that revolution will take place, but it’s looking more and more like a reality.

Are you, or do you know, an educator who is formatting educational materials for mobile devices and planning learning activities that leverage multimedia, videoconferencing and other features of smart phones and tablets? Tell us your story! (and what you think of the new iPad mini)

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Education Transformation with Video – What the Research Says [INFOGRAPHIC]

October 14, 2012 at 1:38 pm PST

Video is rapidly becoming the preferred method of communicating and collaborating over the network. This trend is having a profound impact in education with innovative teachers and professors integrating video with forward-looking pedagogies to increase student engagement, accommodate different learning styles, and improve student outcomes.

Cisco commissioned Wainhouse Research to review current research and document the benefits of video in improving learning and the quality of the educational experience.  Studies surveying educators found that:

  • 68 percent believe that video content stimulates discussions
  • 66 percent believe video increases student motivation
  • 42 percent believe video directly increases student achievement
  • 55 percent believe it helps educators be more creative
  • 62 percent believe video helps educators be more effective

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Elon University underpins campus safety with Cisco Video Surveillance

Nearly every campus across the country faces an ongoing challenge with helping provide a safe and secure learning environment both for students and educators alike.   Elon University in North Carolina has already taken steps to address this, by recognising that deploying a fully IP-based surveillance infrastructure can create a new partnership model between IT and security.  This new collaborative approach uses the converged network as a platform for deploying and managing video cameras across the campus.

In this video, Elon’s assistant vice president and CIO Chris Fulkerson shares some key insights into how productivity of security staff and the campus police force has increased since deploying a Cisco IP video surveillance solution.

“Every parent’s main concern is security for their college student. This Cisco Video Surveillance System has enabled us to multiply our security and police force by giving us eyes in multiple locations all at the same time. At Elon, the surveillance system has proven to be a real deterrent to crime. Our old system was very labor intensive to install and operate.  With this new system it takes just 10 seconds to deploy a camera.  We are excited that it gives the power and flexibility directly to police to operate the system instead of requiring so much IT intervention.  We are now free to leverage our investment and integrate surveillance with the rest of our physical security systems.” 

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Cisco at EDUCAUSE 2012, November 7 & 8, Denver CO

Educause

EDUCAUSE is the largest Higher Ed IT event of the year, attracting about 5,000 key decision makers from the United States, Canada, and around the world.

Cisco will be exhibiting at booth 1114, where we will showcase our Connected Learning solutions for higher education. Visitors will learn how to use their campus network infrastructure to save money, improve efficiency, enhance safety and security, and prepare the next-generation workforce.

Join us for demonstrations and presentations by education technology experts, covering a range of topics, including:

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