If you were to walk into any school these days—whether an elementary, middle, or high school—you would see students using some degree of technology. Whether it’s a computer in a lab, a tablet, or an interactive whiteboard, technology has no doubt made its way into students’ schooldays.
The trend towards technology in education stands to proliferate: according to Education Week, the Obama administration and the U.S. Department of Education rank facilitating technology access as their top goal during tough economic times. With this goal in mind, telepresence should rank highly on the list of technologies designated for schools—after all, telepresence offers several solutions to maintaining education quality under ever-tightening budgets.
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Tags: edchat, edtech, education, Education Week, edweek, fieldtrips, TelePresence, video conferencing, videoconferencing
It is heartening to note that education systems around the world are seriously working towards achieving the goal of helping students excel both academically and as members of society. Yasar University located in Izmir, Turkey is one of the leading education institutions that aims at creating an infrastructure and environment that not only has the capacity to meet future growth but also prepare students for their roles in modern life.
Izmir is a large metropolis with a population of 3.35 million, making it the third most populous city of Turkey. Lying on an advantageous location at the head of a gulf running down in a deep indentation midway on the western Anatolian coast, Izmir is widely regarded as one of the most progressive Turkish cities in terms of its values, lifestyle, modernism, dynamism and gender roles. The city has always been governed by fresh inspirations which stems from the readiness of its citizens to adopt novelties and new projects. A modern, cutting-edge, smart education system being one of them.
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Tags: Borderless Networks, education, higher education, mobility, Smart + Connected Communities
As we’ve talked about before, Hillcrest High School in Riverside, California has state-of-the art facilities. But, it has no students. Financed with $105 million of bond money allocated in 2007, the school now lacks the $3 million it needs from the state to operate for one year. California state budget cuts of $18 billion, one-third of the state’s education funding, keep Hillcrest’s halls and classrooms empty.
In similar dire straits as California, Minnesota’s state government this summer borrowed $2.2 billion from its public schools to end a government shutdown. The state has not set a date by which to pay the schools back.
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Tags: education reform, fieldtrip, fieldtrips, IVC, school finance, TelePresence, video conferencing, videoconferencing, virtual
Guest post by Omar Sultan, Senior Manager for Cisco Data Center Architecture
Seattle University’s CTO Dan Duffy believes Cisco UCS and a VDI will improve students’ experiences in classes within every college on campus.
It’s that time of year again: Back to School. With all kinds of technology providing new ways to learn, today’s students are taking advantage of mobile devices and tablets to log on to classes remotely from home, using online learning tools, and turning in assignments virtually. For example, The Network, Cisco’s technology news site, recently posted an article about innovative ways in which students are learning: How Cloud Computing is Revolutionizing Education. This article describes how cloud computing provides an innovative alternative to bricks-and-mortar schooling and enables personal and interactive learning.
We’re seeing more educational customers evolving their data centers to take advantage of the latest trends in cloud computing and virtual desktop solutions, to support new student learning approaches. In addition, of course, saving IT costs is a key priority for these educational institutions.
Let the class begin!
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Tags: 21st century learning environment, back to school, CiscoUCS, data center, education, higher education, virtualization
“The economic challenges that began in 2007 continue to have a lasting effect on our society, and the education sector has been one of the hardest hit. In total, 85 percent of the country’s 14,000 school districts have been forced to slash their operating expenses.” (Innovation in Tough Times) This contraction has left many educators in a difficult position. Yes- there have been many negative outcomes that have resulted because of the downturn, but there is a silver lining.
Education has changed little to none in the past 150 years. I am a member of the millennial generation, and I have been a participant of the public education system for almost 14 years. Overall, I have had a decent experience. However, the experience that I had was nearly identical to the one that my parents had over two decades ago. For me, almost every school day was indistinguishable. Monday through Friday I’d reluctantly wake up at the unearthly hour of 7 AM, rush to school, sit through six hours of lecture, go to practice, come home and unload my 30 pound backpack stuffed with outdated textbooks, then read and prepare for yet another day of school that awaited me the next morning. Frankly, this monogamous chain of events caused me to disengage with the learning process.
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Tags: Cisco blog, Technology innovation and development, transforming education