We won’t hide the fact that we think the new WebEx Meetings (it’s free) is a great back to school app.
You can jump online and video conference with two other people, view each others’ computer screens so you can collaborate on projects or ideas and record the whole thing so you can share it with other people. It can be used for teaching and it’s also great for studying together.
We found some great articles that round-up other apps that can make going back to school easier on students and teachers. We hope these help as you start pulling things together for the coming year.
From the Chicago Tribune: These Back to School Apps Get Straight As
Featuring apps for all ages, and focusing on students, this article has five apps they recommend. Read More »
Tags: apps, back to school, best, family, free, kids, school
For some, the economic hard times began before the recession hit. McDowell County, an ex-coal mining county in West Virginia, has been in decline since the coal industry began pulling out in the 1960s.
What used to be a town of 120,000 is now barely 22,000 and the county has ranked last in education in the state for most of the past decade. But a new project launched in December is aiming to change all this.
Reconnecting McDowell is a comprehensive, long-term effort to make educational improvement in McDowell County. Under the leadership of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and the West Virginia State Board of Education, more than 80 partners from businesses, non-profits, governments and labor have signed a covenant illustrating their commitment to solving McDowell’s hardships by providing services, money, products and/or expertise to schools and students and their families. Read More »
Tags: back to school, classroom technology, distance learning, edchat, edreform, edtech, videoconference
Our PR intern, Rachel Caudillo talks to college students here in Southern California to hear what technology they want most for going back to school with! Check it out:
Tags: back to school, college, Linksys, Students, wireless
Guest post by Omar Sultan, Senior Manager for Cisco Data Center Architecture
Seattle University’s CTO Dan Duffy believes Cisco UCS and a VDI will improve students’ experiences in classes within every college on campus.
It’s that time of year again: Back to School. With all kinds of technology providing new ways to learn, today’s students are taking advantage of mobile devices and tablets to log on to classes remotely from home, using online learning tools, and turning in assignments virtually. For example, The Network, Cisco’s technology news site, recently posted an article about innovative ways in which students are learning: How Cloud Computing is Revolutionizing Education. This article describes how cloud computing provides an innovative alternative to bricks-and-mortar schooling and enables personal and interactive learning.
We’re seeing more educational customers evolving their data centers to take advantage of the latest trends in cloud computing and virtual desktop solutions, to support new student learning approaches. In addition, of course, saving IT costs is a key priority for these educational institutions.
Let the class begin!
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Tags: 21st century learning environment, back to school, CiscoUCS, data center, education, higher education, virtualization
It’s time for back to school and that means new computers, or hand-me-down computers for the kids to get connected. There are a few things to know about your wireless home network and how to get all your computers and devices connected simply. Our Back to School Basics video can help: Check it out:
The video comes to us from Ted Kritsonis, a technology journalist and video personality covering the wonderful world of consumer electronics. He writes, blogs and appears in a number of publications in Canada and the U.S. including the Globe and Mail, WhatsYourTech.ca, CBC.ca, Huffington Post Canada and Digital Trends. Ted does this and more from the comfort of his home in Toronto using an E4200 for maximum performance. Follow Ted on twitter: @Teddy__K or at: http://whatsyourtech.ca
Tags: back to school, home networking, Linksys, wireless router