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Campus Safety National Forum – Leveraging Technology to Increase Campus Safety

This week, Cisco is sponsoring the Campus Safety National Forum in Washington, DC. This two-day conference is the premier National Forum for helping security and law enforcement executives, healthcare and education administrators and other education stakeholders from across the country learn how to better safeguard the lives and property on their campuses.

At Cisco, we feel that events such as the Campus Safety National Forum provide a great platform for leaders to share best practices and learn from one another. We believe that technology can help improve campus safety and are committed to working with our partners and customers to demonstrate its value for higher education institutions.

For example, Cisco recently worked with Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) to implement video and digital signage solutions to increase campus safety communications. While OLLU was revamping their IT capabilities during a renovation, campus police saw their opportunity to improve campus safety through video notification and security alerts. Cisco helped them upgrade their video capabilities from analog video to IP video to improve surveillance. They also helped OLLU implement digital signage for on-campus communications throughout the main building, the cafeteria and residence halls, which can display security notifications all across the campus.

Most recently, OLLU has incorporated both video capabilities and digital signage into interactive kiosks located around campus. These kiosks provide a variety of important information, including campus maps and the option to connect with an OLLU representative for further assistance, which helps students, faculty and visitors stay connected and safe across campus. The solutions deployed at OLLU are just a few examples of the types of security initiatives Cisco can help provide campuses.

Whether or not you’ll be attending the Campus Safety National Forum or not, healthcare and education administrations and leaders across the county should look into how technology solutions can help them prepare for emergency situations and prevent crises on their campuses. Check out these resources for more information on how Cisco can help protect your students, faculty and facilities at both K-12 schools and high-education campuses.

 

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Overcoming Cancer in a Connected World

My Story: Beth Carter from LCPS-TV on Vimeo.

Growing up, we all had a favorite teacher. It may have been an impassioned English teacher keen on Shakespeare and Tolkien or perhaps a Science teacher with an over-the-top flair for dramatic experiments. As teachers, they inspired and challenged us. As memories, they continue to travel with us throughout life, still often influencing our behavior. For me that memory is Mr. Meredith, of AP English. His passion for teaching helped shape my own approach as an English teacher years later and continues to live on, transferred to my former students who now teach others.

Beth Carter, of Seneca Ridge Middle School in Loudoun County, Virginia, is that kind of teacher. Diagnosed with breast cancer in the fall of 2014, Beth faced the real fear of infection from others and had to reduce contact with the outside world. But keeping a dedicated teacher from teaching is like keeping the sun out of the sky, an impossible task. Driven by her passion for teaching, and with a little help from Cisco, she soon found a way to keep doing what she does best – empowering others.

Beth’s husband, Gregg, is one of our Systems Engineers at Cisco. He decided to reach out to co-workers for help. Their diagnosis was to provide connectivity to enable Beth to teach her students from the comfort of her home. Cisco gladly provided a TelePresence EX90 system for use in her house, and a TelePresence SX20 Quick Set (hooked to a Promethean Board) for her classroom. The system streamlines her desktop at home so she can move fluidly from individual work, to video calls, to problem solving over shared documents. This lets Beth talk to her students face-to-face in real-time to solve math problems. Best of all, Beth’s students are learning much more from her than just math. They are learning how to face their challenges head-on. “I am able to teach lessons to my students as if I was actually in the classroom,” she said. “You have no idea how important that is to me as a teacher to know that during my battle with breast cancer I can stay connected to my kids.”

While distance learning technologies excel at bringing us together, they can also have psychological benefits. As Beth’s situation shows, real-time video enabled learning can let homebound students and teachers be a productive part of any class; enjoying social interaction and increasing their sense of belonging to a community. I would have benefited greatly from that as a teenager when homebound, post appendicitis. During that time another teacher, Mr. Ridgely, traveled to visit me. That’s something I’ll never forget. But imagine if I could have joined his class for those two lonely weeks instead, learning from home using TelePresence? I might be a best-selling author today. For those who face long-term illness, video can be the lifeline that keeps them focused and buoys their spirits until they can physically return to school. Students in the classroom can also benefit by developing a greater sense of compassion and understanding for others and the life changing situations they face.

Thanks to Cisco’s TelePresence technologies, Beth is continuing to inspire adults around her while helping build a positive future for the youth of Loudoun County, Virginia. You can listen to Beth’s story in her own words at https://vimeo.com/129800501 and learn more about connectivity at Cisco Connected Learning.

To see how TelePresence can benefit your students and staff, check out:

TelePresence for K-12 Education

TelePresence for Higher Education

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Join us at Cisco Live to see how IoE Improves Learning Outcomes

Analysts agree that academic institutions worldwide face more complex challenges than ever before and are under tremendous pressure to cut costs. At the same time, they also need to provide greater access to education, increased security, and improved outcomes and services, among others.

Through solutions enabled by the Internet of Everything (IoE), these academic institutions can successfully address their challenges, transforming schools and universities into connected campuses and taking them to the next level of an improved and digitized learning experience.

IoE in Education

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Cisco Education: Learn Without Limits

There’s no doubt that learning is changing. In the past, learning was constrained by time and place. We all might remember, fondly or not, the traditional classroom, static desks in rows, plumes of chalk dust permeating the air, and trips to the library on foot as a group. 

Now, lecture halls are emptying out, and in many classrooms across the country, students can become bored and disengaged. The very educational business model itself is forcing educational institutions to cut costs and find new revenue sources. 

Today, the Internet of Everything (IoE) is opening a new world of opportunities for faculty, staff, and students. Students are learning in new ways, in new places, and with new connections to resources around the globe.

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Internet2: The Next Big Thing Awaits

In order to push the boundaries of research we must turn to innovative technology. And since much of research is being fueled by academic organizations, Cisco is making an investment in our partners and in higher education.

This month in Washington, D.C. the brightest minds in technology will gather for the second annual Internet2 Global Summit, a meeting that brings the scientific and academic communities together to explore the synergy between research and scholarship. The 2015 meeting will focus on collaborative innovations in information technology (IT), infrastructure and next generation applications.

So, what is Cisco’s role in Internet2?

Cisco and Internet2 are advancing the fields of research and education through cutting-edge technology. Together we realized the challenges facing higher education decision makers and conducted a survey with 1105 Media to identify the main challenges facing researchers, professors, staff and students around collaboration technologies. The survey revealed that a mixture of collaboration tools is important for research projects to be successful. We discovered that 88% of faculty and 86% of administrators see value in web conferencing and webinars while students favor mobile video collaboration (70%) and web conferencing (63%). The survey results are also represented in an infographic, which exposes the value of cloud technologies on campus.

Additionally, Cisco’s UCS Research Appliance is being leveraged by the Internet2 community to address the need to share large files between institutions faster and in a more collaborative manner.

Cisco will join the Internet2 community from April 26—30 at the Renaissance Hotel Downtown in Washington D.C. During this event, we will explore a number of conversations including “what’s next” for research institutions, and how global Internet governance can work with digital technology to meet growing demands in education.

We invite you to join Cisco and our partners in higher education at the following happenings:

  • Cisco Booth/Exhibit Area demonstrating Cisco Collaboration for Education (DX80, Spark, CMR), Science DMZ and the announcement/introduction of a new Cisco line rate research appliance that was developed in collaboration with I2, SanDisk and CompuCom (Booth #36)
  • Opening Keynote presented by Rich Seidner (Monday at 1:30 PM)
  • Community Showcase: Building a Private Cloud Based on Openstack – Presented by Dmitry Dukhan (Tuesday at 1:30 PM)
  • Research Enablement Panel – Rich Seidner to participate with Michael Harttree there to help (Tuesday at 4:30 PM)

Cisco is proud to be an active partner with Internet2 in the university research community and we look forward to continuing to provide valuable solutions that benefit research and education around the world.

To learn more about Internet2, you can visit the consortium’s website here: http://www.internet2.edu/. Also, don’t forget to follow the hashtag, #i2summit15 from on April 26—30 as key insights from featured keynotes, breakout sessions and showcases are shared live!

We will be back to report on the Internet2 Global Summit next week, so keep your eyes on this space!

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