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ATC21S Consortium at London Education World Forum

How we live, work, play and learnhas been dramatically transformed by technology over the past 20 years. We need different skills today than we did in the 20th century, and educational institutions have a critical role to play in developing those skills. But by and large, primary and secondary schools have not kept pace with the changing skill sets that students need to succeed. In fact, there’s nothing broad-based in place right now to determine whether our schools are doing well at teaching these skills. Governments as well as schools need to know what works and what doesn’t.

Cisco Systems Inc., Intel Corporation and Microsoft Corp. unveiled plans in January 2008 to sponsor a project to research and develop new approaches, methods and technologies for measuring the success of 21st-century teaching and learning in classrooms around the world. The Assessment and Teaching of 21st Century Skills (ATC21S) project is focused on defining those skills and developing ways to measure them. Transforming education requires a multi-stakeholder partnership to make a scalable and sustainable difference in classrooms around the world.

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The Global Education Leaders Program (Seattle 2011)

The fifth Global Education Leaders Program meeting recently convened in Seattle bringing the world’s best school systems face to face with the biggest: Finland and Korea, India and Brazil – alongside nine other systems, national, state and city. On the fault line between best and biggest, two points of stark divergence came through.

First, the case for change: hard to make if you’re topping  (PISA), easier if you’re anchored near the bottom.  Intriguingly the Finns are asserting a number of reasons why a traditional approach to schooling can’t be sustained. The country’s leading industries, lumber and technology, are weakening. Its place at the head of the education rankings is under threat and academic performance is becoming patchier – signs of that Anglo Saxon gap between top and bottom quartiles starting to spread.   Contrast that with Brazil, where no one doubts for a moment that the publicly funded school system must be rapidly transformed, to provide the country with a motor for sustainable growth.

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Reflections from the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE)

Thirty thousand feet above Iraq, an hour out from Qatar and the Persian Gulf – a good place to look back on this week’s third annual WISE, the World Innovation Summit for Education. It is, bar none, the biggest education conversation on earth. It has the power to convene: the world’s leading educators implored the world’s governments to honor the 2015 Millennium Education goals. In my opinion, although WISE has done significant work in the past few years there is still  a lot to be done to create a coherent, systematic  approach to education transformation. Qatar and the Region as a whole need that desperately. Arab leaders know they have to create 75M jobs -  to sustain growth and meet the aspirations of countless young people. That means building a generation of problem-solvers and entrepreneurs. The precondition is better education.

WISE is pinning its hopes on new and innovative forms of learning – finding them, promoting them and scaling them. Charlie Leadbeater’s brilliant book on learning innovation was unveiled here this week. The Haiti learning initiative, built around inspirational new approaches to education, was launched with the WISE imprimatur. And innovative projects – from Afghan photography to smart-funded academies in America -- were hailed as game changers.

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WISE 2011 Debate “Adapting to the Future World of Work”

The World Innovation Summit for Education(WISE) is an initiative of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science, and Community Development. Launched in 2009, WISE is an international initiative and platform for a multitude of established and new educational actors to collaborate proactively all year round.  There will be 1200 attendees from 45 countries, including greater than 25 country-level Ministers of Education in attendance at this Qatar meeting discussing potential global and regional impacts on teaching and learning.  At the Wise Summit in Doha, Qatar, November 1-3, Cisco is one of only two major technology companies presenting at the conference. Another great visibility opportunity for Cisco in helping “transform Education, together.”

On November 1st, I will be speaking and moderating a session on “Adapting to the Future World of Work” Session: Adapting-future-world-work at the Wise summit in Qatar.  In this session, the panel and I will explore ways in which education, business, social and government leaders in different regions might work together more effectively to address them.  Learn more about related topics in the Equipping Every Learner for the 21st Century White Paper

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Learning for Everyone, Everywhere in a Smart+Connected Community

August 18, 2011 at 3:42 pm PST

The City of Stockholm is one of the most knowledge‑worker intensive cities in the world, and is home to world-leading financial institutions and high‑technology companies. Cisco’s Smart+Connected solutions are helping the City of Stockholm make connected learning access available throughout its schools.

Teachers are able to access the Learning Management System anywhere on school premises over their WLAN and have their own virtual classroom. Students not only benefit from direct access to materials, but also the two-way flow of assignments and feedback. Outside lessons, students are also able to access the Internet and sites such as Facebook and Twitter, which are expected to add new dimensions to learning.

Learn how the City of Stockholm is making connected learning a reality and driving student and staff success as a result. To read more on Smart+Connected Communities, visit http://www.cisco.com/web/strategy/smart_connected_communities.html

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