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Video Helps Schools Reach and Teach Students More Effectively— Despite Tighter Budgets

By Joel Barbier, Cisco® Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG)

Educators face a number of challenges, from increased pressure to improve student performance on standardized tests to shrinking state and local budgets. In addition, instructors are leaving their classrooms for better opportunities, and students’ learning skills are tuned more to social media and new technologies than to traditional educational models. These challenges require that institutions transform the way they retain talent—and the way they reach and teach students.

Although they have used recorded videos for many years to introduce new experiences to students, and some have started employing web-based video technologies to save travel costs, most educational institutions do not understand the critical role video can play in scaling resources to improve education quality despite budget constraints. Read More »

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Connected Learning Sessions – Live Video Stream From ISTE 2012

June 24, 2012 at 11:13 am PST

Education leaders from around the world are using the Cisco Connected Learning Experience to transform teaching and learning, improve student outcomes and enhance administrative efficiency. That’s why we say that Cisco’s true value is not in what we make, it’s in what we make possible.

Cisco is pleased to present a series of free online learning sessions, June 25-27, that showcase how schools are using interactive video technologies to create engaging, collaborative learning experiences for students. These sessions will be streamed live from the Cisco Connected Classroom at the ISTE 2012 Conference, Just visit the Cisco Show and Share video portal at the indicated date and time to view your sessions.

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Video In (and Out) of the Classroom

Are you interested in the “flipped classroom” model but aren’t sure about the pedagogic soundness of the whole concept?  Are you thinking about giving your students a video lesson for “homework” or <gasp> recording yourself presenting some critical content for your students to view?  Do you need to convince your administration on the theoretical soundness of having your students engage with digital video outside of class?

If yes to the above, you might want to take a look at the recently released Whitepaper:

The Impact of Broadcast and Streaming Video in Education:  What the Research Says and How Educators and Decision Makers Can Begin to Prepare for the Future

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Connect with Cisco at ISTE 2012

The Cisco Education Team always looks forward to ISTE, but especially so this year. In keeping with the theme of this year’s conference, we’re “Expanding Horizons” and taking a different approach. Instead of conducting demonstrations of our products and solutions for education in the exhibit hall, we’ll be hosting in-depth presentations in a dedicated room we’re calling the Cisco Connected Classroom.

Please join us at ISTE 2012 in room 24C on the Upper Level, to learn how schools like yours are leveraging technology to engage today’s students, improve academic performance, and enhance administrative efficiency.

We’ll be hosting a comprehensive line-up of professional development and learning sessions covering a range of education topics, including:

  • How to Flip Your Classroom
  • Leveraging Video for Virtual Field Trips
  • Lecture Capture
  • Mobile Collaboration
  • Managing BYOD

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The Challenges Facing the Class of 2012 Mean a Lifetime of Learning

June 12, 2012 at 10:24 am PST

In the Fiscal Times News, the headline reads, Class of 2012, Don’t Even Think of Retiring at 60. The story congratulates this year’s college graduates and then gently lets them know that they will be working much longer than their parents. In fact, they might not ever stop.

That’s because our economy is changing.

Author Michael Hodin argues there’s no way for us to stay competitive if one third of our population is retired. This is a really interesting point. That affects tax revenue, social security and, more importantly, our greatest asset, our collective intelligence. His conclusion might surprise you:

So your challenge is this, Class of 2012: How can you help create a world where “seniors” contribute at the highest levels to social and economic life? How can you help recreate our 20th century institutions so that older generations remain vital, relevant, and productive? And how can you create new institutions for your children in the 21st century?

This is a great challenge.

At Cisco we have a bias for learning. Not only is it highly valued to keep our employees as current and developed as possible, but it’s also one of our core values around product development. We delight in looking for ways to bring information to remote learners -- regardless of age, location or ability.

WebEx helps people of all ages learn regardless of where they live or work.

Universities, like the California Baptist University in Southern California, use Cisco Webex systems to develop synchronous online learning. You no longer have to live near the source to participate in their program [watch video].

If you are done with school but want to continue to hone your skills -- or learn something new -- you can find a plethora of free online webinars and seminars delivered by our customers. We also offer online education via WebEx Channels where you can find content on management, leadership and much more.

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