A recent American Forces Press Service article reported that the Department of Defense (DOD) launched a visionary program to renovate or replace 134 of its 194 schools worldwide. The DOD allotted $3.7 billion to bring all of its schools up to the highest technology levels by 2016 and Congress appropriated nearly $400 million in fiscal 2011 to aid the effort. This is a fantastic program that builds on the Department of Education’s current initiative to prioritize technologies such as telepresence for K-12 schools.
As technology becomes more prevalent in the classroom, the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) has embraced multiple initiatives, from building robots to teaching Japanese in a virtual learning program. According to the story, military children move an average of six to eight times over the course of their school careers, making these programs particularly important. Read More »
Tags: edchat, edtech, education reform, professional development, TelePresence, video conferencing, videoconferencing
Thirty thousand feet above Iraq, an hour out from Qatar and the Persian Gulf – a good place to look back on this week’s third annual WISE, the World Innovation Summit for Education. It is, bar none, the biggest education conversation on earth. It has the power to convene: the world’s leading educators implored the world’s governments to honor the 2015 Millennium Education goals. In my opinion, although WISE has done significant work in the past few years there is still a lot to be done to create a coherent, systematic approach to education transformation. Qatar and the Region as a whole need that desperately. Arab leaders know they have to create 75M jobs – to sustain growth and meet the aspirations of countless young people. That means building a generation of problem-solvers and entrepreneurs. The precondition is better education.
WISE is pinning its hopes on new and innovative forms of learning – finding them, promoting them and scaling them. Charlie Leadbeater’s brilliant book on learning innovation was unveiled here this week. The Haiti learning initiative, built around inspirational new approaches to education, was launched with the WISE imprimatur. And innovative projects – from Afghan photography to smart-funded academies in America – were hailed as game changers.
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Tags: 21st century skills, Cisco, education, GELP. Education, Global Education, ICT, preparing the workforce, transforming education, WISE
Put tablets, laptops, netbooks, among other devices, in the hands of grade- school students, and it’s only minutes before they’re innovating, creating, and communicating.
From the time they’re aware of the world around them, today’s children see and use technology. I’ve written before about the ubiquity of technology in the classrooms of our youngest learners, and as noted in a recent Education Week article, schools continue to experiment with available technology to determine the right tools to maximize their students’ learning. Read More »
Tags: Cisco, edchat, edtech, project based learning, TelePresence, video conferencing, videoconferencing, virtual fieldtrips
The Global Education Leaders’ Program (GELP) will host an event in Seattle, Washington November 3-5. I will keynote and meet with Senior Education leaders from jurisdictions across the globe to discuss their visions and challenges with education transformation, build upon frameworks and practices across jurisdictions, and collaborate to develop and refine plans for their own systems.
Cisco, in partnership with several organizations, launched GELP in September 2009 as a response to the vision outlined in the Equipping Every Learner for the 21st Century White Paper and to challenge and support Education System leaders ready to implement this vision. GELP is creating a growing coalition of thought leaders, policy-makers, consultants and practitioners with an on- going professional learning process, a virtual support community, and use of collaborative technologies.
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Tags: GELP. Education, transforming education
I recently got back from a successful east coast jaunt and wanted to share some thoughts on my first Educause experience while they’re still fresh.
After marketing video across many verticals, I have to say I was nothing short of impressed with the level of attendee engagement we received from the Educause 2011 crowd around video.
Video and higher ed are a natural pair in many ways — video is the cornerstone technology for lecture capture and also helps make distance learning aspirations a reality. Along these lines, our new Lecture Vision solution announcement and demo were very well received and it was great to hear how universities have already started down the path to pervasive video.
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Tags: education, educause, higher education, TelePresence, video