I just read an interesting article claiming that technology companies would like parents and government officials to believe that the internet can save education. It would be nice if the internet alone could save education, but even those of us in technology know that it’s not that simple.
The author goes on to cite the joint Harvard-MIT project to offer free courses on line and content from the Khan Academy and acknowledges new flipped learning models as a way for students to consume digital content prior to attending live courses. The author states, “I couldn’t shake the idea of why online video lessons won’t by themselves make us all smarter: There’s nothing like being there.”
I immediately realized that many well-meaning education opinionates are missing what it takes to design digital learning environments that leverage the internet and that work. Digital learning and the internet are not just about one-way video or delivering courses on-line. Digital learning is about creating individualized, anytime-anywhere learning experiences that are right-sized for students.
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Tags: 21st century learning environment, edreform, education, flipped classroom
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 »
Tags: back to school, classroom technology, distance learning, edchat, edreform, edtech, videoconference
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 »
Tags: Cisco_London_2012, CSR, education, ICT, London Olympics, netacad, networkingacademy
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 »
Tags: 75th Anniversary Golden Gate Bridge, collaboration, Connected Learning Exchange, K-12, school district collaboration, university, video
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 »
Tags: byod, Cisco Connected World Technology Report, k-12 education, mobile phone