In the first video blog from his office in Howe, Oklahoma, Cisco education advocate Dr. Lance Ford interviews Mike Harttree, an engineer at Cisco, about the importance of utilizing technology in engaging today’s tech-savvy students. Mike encourages teachers to do anything they can to advance the types of media and devices they use in the classroom and promote communicating visually. I love the story Mike tells about his seven year old son and his friends making stop action videos with Legos – and even making money at it.
Check out the video now!
What other value do you see in utilizing telepresence and other technologies in the learning process?
Tags: Cisco, edchat, edtech, millennial learners, TelePresence, video conferencing, videoconferencing
Higher education IT leaders from around the world will be converging in Philadelphia on October 18 – 21, for EDUCAUSE 2011. One look at the conference program
is all that it takes to
conclude that “EDUCAUSE 2011 is the best thinking in higher education IT.”
With such a robust program this year, deciding which sessions to attend is harder than ever. Make sure to take in these sessions that showcase the use of video and collaboration technologies to transform teaching and learning and expand education opportunities:
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Tags: #EDU11, edtech, education, educause, higher education, ICT, IT, learning
Introducing the Cisco Education Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) team!
Welcome to the first in a series of postings from the Cisco ANZ education team on what’s happening Down Under.
We’ll be providing updates on news, research and commentary across the higher education, K-12 as well as vocational education and training sectors.
Our first blog post focuses on Pymble Ladies College (PLC), an independent school in Sydney, Australia for girls from Kindergarten to year 12. It has recently partnered with Cisco to implement a range of video technologies for teachers and students to learn, collaborate and interact with experts in particular fields, anywhere in Australia or across the world.
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Tags: classroom, collaboration, communication, connection, education, K-12, PLC, Pymble Ladies College, student, Sydney, teachers, technology, video
We read a lot in education news about evaluating teacher performance, and I wrote a few months back about how telepresence could help with assessing and developing classroom leaders.
But what about the top school leaders? Education Week’s Christina Samuels wrote a recent article about the need for re-vamped evaluations of the people who manage the teachers: school principals.
According to Samuels, school districts struggle to design and implement effective principal evaluation systems. Today, most principals have annual reviews with district-level administrators, but these meetings do not serve to adequately assess the principals as instructional leaders, she writes. Samuels notes that Delaware has made some progress to improve evaluation procedures by developing a system that measures principals’ abilities to analyze school data and use it to set goals, as well as coach teachers to improve their practice. Read More »
Tags: Cisco, edchat, edtech, education reform, merit pay, teacher evaluation, TelePresence, video conferencing, videoconferencing
Tom Kalil, Deputy Director for Policy, Office of Science & Technology, leads a Digital Promise panel of educators and technologists.
“So Dr. Edwards, can you explain to the audience what’s behind the success you’ve had at Mooresville, in implementing technology that has so changed students lives?” The question was posed by Tom Kalil, Deputy Director for Policy in the Office of Science and Technology. Kalil was moderating a panel of distinguished educators and technologists – and the venue? A White House conference called on creating more access for technology in US K-12 schools.
I was not at all surprised to see Dr. Edwards on the White House stage on this beautiful fall day. In fact I saw all this coming when I first visited the tiny hamlet of Mooresville, North Carolina, back in April of this year. The more classrooms I was pulled into, the more kids I saw “leaning in”, the more the “buzz” reflected off the cinder hallway walls…the more I figured there was to the Mooresville story.
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Tags: 1to1, DOE, edtech, education, Mooresville, Obama, OST, White House