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Classrooms Go Mobile to Enrich Student Learning

School is back in session, and from all the parents I’ve talked to, there’s been a new addition to the old school essentials list – notebook, lunch and now,  a smartphone. We’ve reached a time where mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets, are entering classrooms at an accelerated rate. In fact, recent numbers in Canada showed that the back to school season is starting to rival the holiday season for buying cellphones.

In 2011, we asked nearly 3,000 college students and young professionals how fundamental they feel the Internet is. An astounding one in three respondents equated the Web’s importance with air, water, food and shelter. It’s safe to assume the younger set feels the same:  Research conducted by Project Tomorrow found that from 2009 to 2010 smartphone use for middle and high school students jumped 42 percent, so younger student are obviously adapting early expectations of anywhere, anytime online access.

If schoolchildren are using mobile devices on their own time to connect with parents and friends, it makes sense for schools to be working these devices into the learning mix, too. In fact, according to The Journal’s Mary McCaffrey, schools must go mobile to better personalize their students’ learning experiences.

Here are three ways mobile collaboration contributes to the learning environment: Read More »

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VXI: Increased Productivity with Telework

Working from anywhere has its benefits —and increased productivity is one of them! I speak from personal experience as well as from Cisco’s evaluation of the productivity of 20,000 full-time teleworkers, which found that 60% of the time employees saved by not commuting went back to the company. With those kind of numbers, it’s no wonder more companies are increasingly adopting telecommuting policies. The private sector is already reaping the benefits and now it’s time for federal agencies to experience the same rewards.

In the video below, Cisco Federal CTO Dan Kent discusses how adopting flexible telecommuting policies and boosting employee productivity go hand in hand.

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New Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client 3.1

Following up on our Data Center launch on Sept. 12, there have been significant enhancements to Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Solution, the industry recognized SSL/VPN solution. With a track record of leading the traditional VPN market, Cisco hit market milestones in the past with built-in features to the AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client, such as network access manager that offers administrators the ability to control which network end points are able to connect to and other built-in modules that enable web security either through the on-premises Cisco Web Security Appliance (WSA) or the cloud-based Cisco Cloud Web Security offering.

Now, with AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client 3.1, Cisco continues to help enterprise customers with their business transformation needs (ie-BYOD) securely.  As long as ‘consumerization of IT’ continues to gain inroads into the corporate network, IT professionals will seek investments in tools that will help support their attitude change from mandate to choice.  Having a mobile DNA has been a significant attribute for Cisco as AnyConnect continues to support one of the broadest OS (desktop and mobile) and browser portfolios in the market today.

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To Mobility! And BEYOND!!!

It’s been over ten years since my last visit to the beautiful city of Washington D.C.  It’s always great to visit all my favorite monuments and historical landmarks such as the Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument.   I wish I could tell you more about my wonderful dinners at the Old Ebbitt Grill or Brassaire Beck; but onto more important things.

As I walk through downtown, looking around, I was thinking to myself, how much things have changed since my last visit.  Gone are the days of disposable cameras, brochures and maps  – everyone around me is using a smart phone to take photos, launching Google maps to find the Smithsonian, or  scanning QR codes at the Smithsonian National Postal Museum  to view additional factoids as they were walking about the museum.  Everything is going mobile!

I’m here this week to attend the 12th semi-annual Telework Exchange Fall Town Hall meeting – “Mobility in the Fast Lane” focused on mobile IT and the mobile workforce.  While I was here, my colleagues and I had the utmost pleasure to interview 9 government and industry leaders discussing topics such as security, standards, technologies and telework benefits and challenges within their agencies.  It was fascinating to hear from these leaders how they are working in different ways to transform their agencies to better serve the American people,  grow their workforce and create  a balanced work-life environment for their employees. Read More »

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Telework. I Do.

So here we are (Cisco’s Government Team), in Washington D.C.  An area chosen by George Washington, our country’s first President and the city’s name sake, to be the corner stone of America’s policies, planning, and democracy: Our Nation’s Capital. So why are we here you might ask…?  Well, not necessarily for all the great attractions DC has to offer, but for the Telework Exchange Town Hall Meeting of course! Telework Exchange Town Hall Meeting, what’s that?  Let me tell you…

On September 25, 2012, Washington D.C. hosted the 2012 Telework Exchange Town Hall Meeting which consisted of 30 government leaders sharing best practices split throughout the day representing various aspects of government from Personnel Management to Defense who discussed mobility IT and the mobile workforce. You mean to tell me that there are people in leadership positions throughout our government who want to integrate technology in order to strive for efficiency, production, AND want to have a happier and satisfied government worker…?  Yes! How great is this.  Read More »

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