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Reconnecting McDowell Boosts Education in West Virginia School District

June 1, 2012 at 12:30 pm PST

For some, the economic hard times began before the recession hit. McDowell County, an ex-coal mining county in West Virginia, has been in decline since the coal industry began pulling out in the 1960s.

What used to be a town of 120,000 is now barely 22,000 and the county has ranked last in education in the state for most of the past decade. But a new project launched in December is aiming to change all this.

Reconnecting McDowell is a comprehensive, long-term effort to make educational improvement in McDowell County. Under the leadership of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and the West Virginia State Board of Education, more than 80 partners from businesses, non-profits, governments and labor have signed a covenant illustrating their commitment to solving McDowell’s hardships by providing services, money, products and/or expertise to schools and students and their families. Read More »

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Cisco Networking Academy Inspiring a Future Generation

There is a lot of talk about the Olympic legacy for London 2012, yet in some parts of the media in particular there seems to remain some cynicism. But over the past few weeks and months I have witnessed the genuine efforts being made by Cisco to building a brilliant future after the Games.

For example former Olympic silver medallist Roger Black and Cisco ambassador has spent the last week touring around several schools in the east end of London to highlight the Cisco Network Academy programme and inspire kids to look at Science Technology Engineering and Math subjects at school. Read More »

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Happy 75th Birthday to our Golden Gate Bridge!

May 27, 2012 at 12:05 am PST

According to John Morgridge, Cisco’s former CEO, the founders hit on the name and logo while driving to Sacramento to register the company — they saw the Golden Gate Bridge framed in the sunlight  and that’s how our Cisco logo was born.  They hoped the logo would shape the future, “convey something about creating an authentic life and making a living at something you believe in, in a place you love, with people you really like to be with”. 

Back in the late 1800s, the only way to cross the bay was by ferry.  It was in 1923 when California legislature passed the act approving the project to build the bridge.  On May 27, 1937, the Golden Gate Bridge finally opened, connecting San Francisco and Marin for the first time.  Back then, we built bridges to connect different parts of the bay.  Since then, we have built technologies to connect classrooms in schools K-12 and universities around the world.  Read More »

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Mobile Device Gifts for High School Grads?

May 23, 2012 at 9:41 am PST

High school graduation marks a huge milestone in every student’s life as he or she plans and look forward to a new environment, new friends.  Based on the Cisco’s Connected World Technology Report finding, “Half of college students and young employees (49%) said they would rather lose their wallet or purse than their smartphone or mobile device.”

As my nephew prepares for his college journey, what do college kids need most these days?  I recalled what I needed most back in college, scantrons and no. 2 pencils.  I couldn’t attend an exam without them as those are an absolute requirement on every syllabus.  Do scantrons even exist anymore?  Number 2 pencils?  I think back on how technology has really changed our lives.  As I’m searching online for ideas, I came across a few: Read More »

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Congratulations to This Year’s Computerworld Honors Gold Medal Laureates

May 22, 2012 at 9:36 am PST

Each year the Computerworld Honors Program recognizes individuals and organizations that create and use information technology to promote and advance public welfare, contribute to the greater good of society and change the world for the better.

We are proud to say that four Cisco nominees from public sector, including one school district and one university, were selected as Gold Medal Laureates because of their innovative uses of collaboration technology. Brief descriptions of all four are listed below. Read More »

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