In a video address at the June ISTE conference, U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, announced that August will be Connected Educator Month. To kick off this event The Department of Education’s Office of Educational Technology (OET) will convene Connected Educator Month in conjunction with the American Institutes for Research (AIR), a nonpartisan nonprofit organization. Connected Educator month is part of the Office of Educational Technology’s Connected Educators initiative, which is supporting informal, online, social and professional learning for educators by conducting research, hosting communities, and working with the field.
Do you want to help transform the way we learn? In the video below, Darren Cambridge of the American Institutes of Research explains how you can participate and help transform education.
You should also check out the Connected Learning Exchange (CLX) Community Open House on Monday, Aug 20, 2012, from Noon – 3 pm, EST to learn more!
For a shining example of public education in the United States, watch the talk that Dr. Mark Edwards, Superintendent of Mooresville Graded School District in North Carolina, gave at the recent ISTE Conference in San Diego. Yes, Mooresville is a Cisco customer, and yes, how they have used technology to improve student outcomes is big part of their success story (Dr. Edwards has the metrics to prove it). But the real key to their effectiveness as a high-performing public school is the holistic approach they take to educating “every child, every day”, their “can do” attitude, and “culture of caring” that Mark and his team have created at Mooresville.
Watch the video of Dr. Edward’s ISTE presentation — it runs just under an hour and is well worth your time.
Most exciting to me is that so much of Mooresville’s approach is replicable. Dr. Edwards is writing a book and I hope every educator, and prospective educator in the country buys a copy.
While the university provides other education programs, its main focus is the nursing program, which was suffering from the lack of geographical reach of UCCS’ courses. UCCS recognized the potential to harness collaboration tools to build out its distance education program, reach more nursing students and keep rural nursing students working in their local communities. Read More »
Education leaders from around the world are using the Cisco Connected Learning Experience to transform teaching and learning, improve student outcomes and enhance administrative efficiency. That’s why we say that Cisco’s true value is not in what we make, it’s in what we make possible.
Cisco is pleased to present a series of free online learning sessions, June 25-27, that showcase how schools are using interactive video technologies to create engaging, collaborative learning experiences for students. These sessions will be streamed live from the Cisco Connected Classroom at the ISTE 2012 Conference, Just visit the Cisco Show and Share video portal at the indicated date and time to view your sessions.
I just read an interesting article claiming that technology companies would like parents and government officials to believe that the internet can save education. It would be nice if the internet alone could save education, but even those of us in technology know that it’s not that simple.
The author goes on to cite the joint Harvard-MIT project to offer free courses on line and content from the Khan Academy and acknowledges new flipped learning models as a way for students to consume digital content prior to attending live courses. The author states, “I couldn’t shake the idea of why online video lessons won’t by themselves make us all smarter: There’s nothing like being there.”
I immediately realized that many well-meaning education opinionates are missing what it takes to design digital learning environments that leverage the internet and that work. Digital learning and the internet are not just about one-way video or delivering courses on-line. Digital learning is about creating individualized, anytime-anywhere learning experiences that are right-sized for students.