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Southern Colorado University Extends Courses to Rural Areas, Keeps Nurses Local

July 19, 2012 at 4:00 am PST

With growing concern about the education systems in rural areas, rural schools have recently captured the attention of the federal government, which has redoubled its efforts to improve education in these areas. Fortunately, we’ve seen a number of efforts being made across the country to look for ways to address this issue. One of my favorite examples right now is the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS).

While the university provides other education programs, its main focus is the nursing program, which was suffering from the lack of geographical reach of UCCS’ courses. UCCS recognized the potential to harness collaboration tools to build out its distance education program, reach more nursing students and keep rural nursing students working in their local communities. Read More »

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Three Ways a Free WebEx Basic Account Can Help Kids Learn

The new WebEx Meetings is here and with it comes a free basic account that anyone can get and use. We invite educators to get their own account and start using it in the classroom. Here are three ideas to get things started -- and we have more here. We’d also love to hear your ideas. Please comment on this blog!

Interview an Expert

Use WebEx to bring an “expert” into your classroom. Distance or location is no longer a barrier. Use the video conference capabilities of WebEx to take your students into studios, laboratories or even into the field! All the other person needs is an Internet connection and a webcam to broadcast from wherever they are. They could even engage with you via their iPad or iPhone or Android. Anyone can get the mobile application at no cost.

Classroom Connect

Share your classroom with another classroom! You can aim your webcam at your students and have your partner aim the camera at his or her classroom and away you go. This is a great way to demonstrate to the students that they are similar and different from students in another location. You can also use desktop sharing Read More »

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Discovering talents across the world through the Cisco Networking Academy

July 10, 2012 at 12:13 pm PST

I had the privilege to shadow Kathy Mulvany from Cisco Corporate Affairs through the Connected Women Executive Shadow Program and wanted to share what a fantastic experience that was.  I shadowed her marketing strategy sessions as well as her next fiscal year planning meetings.  During our time together, I was most intrigued by the stories she shared with me from her recent trip to Africa, where she met a number of individuals who have been impacted by our social investment programs, including students from the Cisco Networking Academy Read More »

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Cisco Enterprise Video Content Solutions Reinvent Video Training Sessions

July 9, 2012 at 1:54 pm PST

Recently, Paul Lanyi and Irene Sandler of Cisco sat down with Dr. Susan Holliday, executive director, Technology & Information Services at Capistrano Unified School District in San Juan Capistrano, CA to discuss how enterprise video content solutions are helping schools use video in new ways. Their conversation, Is Video Training Better Than Being There? delved into the specifics of:

  • How to record and watch video content on any video-enabled device, whenever your audience wants to view it.
  • How to enable users to search, comment on, recommend and share video content.
  • How to perform valuable analytics on video content.
  • How to repurpose video content across your organization for training, education, and meetings.

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Driving education outcomes – it’s not just curriculum and assessment!

The intersection of learning models and technology provide a unique opportunity to improve education outcomes, as evidenced at the recent Global Education Leaders’ Program in Helsinki- the sixth meeting for school system leaders from countries, states and cities around the world. All twelve are building student capabilities for a knowledge economy, and their roadmaps are well-advanced. But there’s a problem. For once it’s not the curriculum students should follow or how they should be assessed. It’s the interconnection between the learning model and the enabling technology.

Helsinki is a good place to think about such things. Through rigorous selection processes and respect for professional status, the Finns have built a formidable teaching force which consistently achieves the best exam results in the world. But they openly recognize that a traditional instructional model is now failing to convey the softer skills that students and employers are looking for.

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