According to Cisco’s most recent Visual Networking Index (VNI) report, video now accounts for more than 50% of all consumer Internet traffic. By 2013, 91 percent of global Internet traffic is forecast to be video. Personally, I have witnessed, from the past 5 years working with government and education leaders from around the globe, that video technologies are a fundamental catalyst for driving education transformation in schools and universities worldwide. Which is why I am proud to introduce Cisco Global Education’s newest white paper: "The Impact of Broadcast and Streaming Video in Education: What the Research Says and How Educators and Decision Makers Can Begin to Prepare for the Future."
Since the earliest days of education television, teachers have recognized the potential power of video. As successive studies have shown, video has the power both to reinforce the educational message and to engage the student – not only the motivated student but the student who would rather be somewhere else!
But teaching methods have evolved, and there’s a new emphasis on the importance of nurturing higher order capabilities, such as collaborative problem solving. This means that video’s role, at a stroke, is significantly enhanced. More than a classroom aid, it is at the core of the learning process itself.
Just look at what will be assessed, for the first time, in upcoming international tests. In 2014, TIMMS will focus on digital literacy. In 2015, PISA will focus on collaborative problem-solving. It’s a perfect moment for educators everywhere to re-assess their use of video and to make the key decisions about how best to incorporate it into their students’ learning experience.
This is why Cisco wanted to produce a foundational document, reflecting practice-based research. We wanted to know who is using video and for what purpose, lay out the technologies they are using, and offer a realistic and informed view of the learning impact being achieved.
How will you begin to transform your classrooms with video technologies?