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Filling the Void: School Districts Embrace Telepresence to Save Money and Share Resources

May 19, 2011 at 6:55 am PST

With budgets tighter than ever, school administrators are finding new ways to collaborate with other schools and districts hundreds of miles away.  Instead of spending money on flights and hotels to travel across the state and share best practices with others in their field, teachers, principals and superintendents in several California schools are now using telepresence to get that same face-to-face interaction without leaving town.

Fontana Unified School District (FUSD) in Southern California, for example, is a huge district – 41,000 students at 40 schools across 25 miles. FUSD is the latest school district to incorporate telepresence in order to offer their students the best programs possible — and not only prepare them for college, but also prepare them for the real world.  In such a large district, telepresence is a vehicle that allows the district to offer the same opportunities to every student at every school, and save time and money because administrators don’t have to travel across town for meetings.

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Telepresence Launches Australian Students into Space

May 18, 2011 at 9:03 am PST

You heard it here first: a new space race has begun. Alright, maybe it’s more accurate to say it very well could begin, thanks to Australia’s new Pathways to Space program.

Hosted by the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney, the initiative aims to enhance Australia’s engineering and science education. Pathways to Space gives secondary school students the chance to develop space robotics and search for life on Mars. And, with telepresence, even students living deep in the outback can participate.

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Talent Development For a Transforming World – Guest Blog By Jeanne Beliveau Dunn

April 20, 2011 at 8:24 pm PST

By: Jeanne Beliveau Dunn, Vice President and General Manager, Learning@Cisco

Economic, technological and social trends are constantly transforming the business landscape around us. Gartner Research predicts that by 2015, 40 percent or more of an organization’s work will be non-routine, up from 25 percent in 2010. According to a recent Cisco survey, three of every five employees believe it is unnecessary to be in the office to be productive, and two of three employees worldwide say they prefer a job with less pay and more flexibility.

Enjoy my discussion on The Talent Development Race, continue reading to learn more about the challenges the global workforce faces, and please join the conversation. Share your thoughts on how public and private organizations can collaborate to develop the skills tomorrow’s workforce will need to be successful.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fAykaZJnT68

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Professional Development Opportunities for 21st Century Educators

March 27, 2011 at 4:04 pm PST
Today’s educators are facing seemingly insurmountable challenges:
 
  • Demands for greater accountabiliy based on high stakes assessments
  • Increasing focus on differentiated instruction and student mastery of content knowledge
  • Greater awarness of the importance of 21st century skills (critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity)
  • Requirements to address all of the above in an environment of declining resources
In spite of these daunting challenges, innovative educators are successfully utilizing collaborative solutions in creative ways to improve outcomes for students and provide them with the skills to compete effectively in the 21st century. As a result, it is becoming increasingly clear that professional development that prepares educators to effectively integrate technology into pedagogy and curricula is an essential element of holistic education improvement initiatives.
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Executive Social Engagement

March 22, 2011 at 7:33 am PST

Last week, the co-manager of the Cisco Networking Academy Facebook page (@HilalChouman) pointed out an amazing customer post to me.

Ricardo Beltran’s girlfriend had baked him a custom Cisco birthday cake that obviously showed his dedication to Cisco. He was so proud of it, that he shared it on the Networking Academy Facebook page for all 188k fans to see.

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