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Tennessee School System Bridges Gaps Between Rural Classrooms

June 28, 2012 at 10:27 am PST

PCSS VITAL program reaches more studentsIt seems school grants have become commonplace as education budgets continue to be cut, and therefore, the fight to win a grant is increasingly becoming more difficult. I recently had an interesting conversation with Stephanie Jones, Manager of the Cisco Grant Services Team, and Hillary Janison, Regional Grant Manager for Cisco about Putnam County School System (PCSS) in Tennessee. PCSS worked with the Cisco team to implement a comprehensive grant initiative to bridge the distance gap between the state’s classrooms.

The wide physical distribution (17 campuses) of students among multiple classrooms throughout the state presented PCSS with a number of challenges, including inability to sustain IT and teaching resources, manage personnel, and provide appropriate opportunities for advanced learners. Additionally, faced with an ever-shrinking pool of personnel and classroom resources, PCSS officials knew they would need to maximize their efficiency. Read More »

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Cisco.i.am lines up for improved STEM skills

Watching the Graham Norton chat show on BBC on Saturday night I was delighted to hear that Black Eyed Peas star Will.i.am has donated half a million pounds to the Prince’s Trust to use music to inspire children to be excited about Science Technology Engineering and Maths at school.

Much like Will.i.am, Cisco is using the inspiration of our Olympic sponsorship as official Network Infrastructure supporter to use the London 2012 Olympics as a way to inspire kids and get them excited about STEM subjects.

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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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