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Founding Members of the Cisco Global Education Leaders Program Drive Education Reform for South Korea

Last week I was delighted to keynote at South Korea’s Education Expo 2012 on behalf of Cisco Global EducationThe Korean government is preparing to launch a sweeping set of system reforms, designed to extend Korea’s education lead.  The aim is to nurture a generation of creative problem-solvers -- collaborative and digitally-literate with a global outlook.

Michael Stevenson, VP Cisco Global Education

Korea’s schools have been grabbing commentators’ attention for a while. First it was the excellence of student standards -- the super group of Korea, Finland and Singapore consistently outperform the rest in international tests. Then it was the social cost of flying so high: young people studying seven days a week, an oppressive testing regime, cases of suicide – and at the end of it, with college graduation rates nearing 80%, a shortage of graduate- level jobs to reward all the effort. In contrast, the latest developments have been scarcely noticed.

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Cisco Shares Vision for Higher Education at Going Global 2012

Hello Education Community.  I am new to the blog community and look forward to sharing with you my reflections on travels and work with Education customers from around the globe.  It is an is an extraordinary time for education globally.  I am eager to share with you experiences in which I have viewed educators, students, and policy makers changing the way they currently address educational needs. I encourage you to come on this journey with me, where I believe we can make a change in education and meet the global demand for learning and talent. Let’s transform together our education systems and institutions to meet the urgent and challenging expectations of our learners in the new millennium.

My first blog is a reflection from my participation and attendance at Going Global 2012. Going Global is a series of international educational conferences hosted by the British Council. It offers an open forum for policy makers and practitioners from around the world to discuss issues facing the international education community. Since its inception in 2004, Going Global has grown from a bi-annual event in the UK to an annual event that alternates between the UK and a different international location. Each year it attracts over 1,000 delegates from across the further and higher education sectors and a variety of other industries with perspectives on international education

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Digital Promise Team Pushes Aggressive Agenda For Learning

Back in January, U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski challenged schools and companies to get digital textbooks in students’ hands by the year 2017. Prompted by countries like South Korea and Uruguay -- which have made similar moves – the Obama administration is seeking to create momentum on this key topic.

Adam Frankel Opens the League Meeting at Houston ISD

Yet when we look around us, most educators and superintendents in the U.S. are left scratching our collective heads as we witness our glacial progress toward fully deployed digital nationwide learning. Lack of data on “what works”, lack of best practices in district-level leadership, and a splintered procurement process are often cited as three major roadblocks to progress. As mentioned in earlier blogs here, Digital Promise’s newly formed “League of Innovative Schools” is hoping to change all that.

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Cisco – Gold Sponsor of the European University Associations (EUA) Annual Summit

March 19, 2012 at 11:44 am PST

As long-standing supporters of university-industry research collaboration, Cisco is proud to sponsor the EUA Summit being held at The University of Warwick on March 22-23.

This major event for European Higher Education leaders will address key issues on how forces including globalization, an accelerated technological revolution, demographic shifts and the impact of disruptive innovations such as high-quality online learning opportunities are dramatically redefining the world of higher education, the place of learning in our world and the role universities must play in order to be sustainable in this new millennium.

To learn more http://www.eua.be/warwick.aspx
Be sure to check back following the conference to hear key reflections from Cisco attendees.

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Cookbook For BYOD & Virtualization in Schools: “Teaching 24 X 7…”

Special guest interview with Charlie Kanavel, CEO of The Kanavel Group; former Director, Technology, Campbell Union High School District – Campbell, CA

Mr. Kanavel is CEO of The Kanavel Group, a consulting and services firm focused on technology in government and education. The Kanavel Group specializes in taking clients from “WOW” to “HOW”, merging cutting edge technology with its clients long term strategic objectives.

As the Director of Technology at Campbell Union High School District, he was responsible for notable projects in California and the nation:  through the development of on-line hybrid courses using Cisco WebEx, he was the first to deploy them in the California K-12 education space. Working with Sony Corporation, he was the first to pilot Sony eReaders to replace textbooks in K-12 education nationwide.  Mr. Kanavel was also awarded Honorable Mention at Citrix Synergy 2010 for deploying virtualization in education. Formerly Mr. Kanavel distinguished himself in IT and compliance leadership in financial markets worldwide.

Charlie, welcome, and thanks for joining us. In K-12 today, the #1 issue is BYOD. Unlike a full 1:1 rollout where every child gets the same device, under BYOD how do superintendents & IT leaders address the equity divide among students so we ensure all have equal access to the same content?

Thank you for having me join today, Frank. I think for the past 10 years we in education have done a lot to bring technology in education forward into the on-line world. However, we have also made educational resources inside and outside the classroom very broadband and computer-centric. So to have full access to the resources made available by most schools today, you need a computer at home. This digital divide is very real in today’s schools and BYOD as a strategy gives districts a real way to solve this problem.

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