21S is a Cisco initiative that was initially launched to improve educational practices and learning outcomes in several Mississippi and Louisiana school districts that were affected by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. 21S site states: “Imagine a school where technology is an integral part of everyday learning and where eager, young minds can tap into the world’s vast reservoir of knowledge right from their classrooms.”In this video, we see representatives from the Jefferson Parish Public School System (New Orleans Metro Area, Louisiana, USA) talking about technology integration into classrooms and its impact on education.
Cisco WebEx became more useful than ever this week with the news that it was being extended to work with a range of business smartphones. The announcement, at Mobile World Congress, means users will be able to join Cisco WebEx Meeting Center Web and audio conferences on smartphones including the BlackBerry Bold, Curve 8900 and Storm from RIM, the Nokia Eseries and Nseries phones, and the Samsung Blackjack II.To use, you just launch Cisco WebEx Meeting Center through your smartphone browser and you get integrated audio and Web conferencing over 3G or a combination of 2G and Wi-Fi. You can join scheduled meetings and view presentations, applications and desktops with live annotations.There is also a nice function on WebEx whereby a host can send meeting invites via Short Message Service and a recipient can join simply by texting ‘1’ back. Cisco WebEx smartphone support starts in April this year. Cisco @ Mobile World Congress.
There is a big buzz at Mobile World Congress this year around Long Term Evolution (LTE) radio area networks. This is a radio access technology which Cisco fully supports and which promises to bring much greater speed and bandwidth to mobile networks. Hang on, though. This is pretty much what was promised with WiMAX last year. So what has happened to 2008’s great hope for high-speed mobile access? To help clarify the issue, Brett Galloway, Senior Vice President for the Wireless and Security Technology Group at Cisco sat in on a round table hosted by Intel. And the answer, it would seem, is that both have a bright future-although possibly not at the same time.According to the panel, LTE is still about five years away from production deployment. Read More »
Jon Swartz of USAToday writes, “It’s boom - and bust - for Silicon Valley companies these days. Literally.”He continues: “Already, a few established companies with ample cash reserves are bolstering war chests that will help them snap up innovative start-ups. Cisco Systems has $29.5 billion in cash reserves and last week sold $4 billion more in bonds.””This is the biggest challenge of our lifetime,” Cisco’s (Chairman and CEO) Chambers says. “The question is, do we take the opportunity and come out significantly better? I think our country, and the tech industry, will.”Read full story here.
Friday the 13th? Unlucky? Not always it seems! Cisco was fortunate enough to be recognized today as one of Fast Company magazine’s Top Five Most Innovative Companies.In introducing this years “Fast 50″, editor-in-chief, Bob Safian underscores his editorial team believes innovation is more important now than it has ever been: “Only creativity and aggressive innovation — in the face of hardship and layoffs and seriously tough choices — will fuel a turnaround.” he says. Read More »