Budget cuts are costing many American students their arts education. As a wanna-be artist and overall proponent of all things creative, I have long valued the impact of arts education – especially in public schools. Unfortunately, these are the programs that are too often cut when budgets are slashed and difficult decisions must be made.
OK, so you probably won’t argue with me that art is important – after all, as children, it’s how we learned a lot of things, right? Who doesn’t have at least one thing they use a song to remember? I only have to key into the tune of ’3 blind mice’ to remember how to calculate the area of a circle (thanks to Mr. Bowlware, my fourth grade math teacher).
Studies show, too, that arts-engaged students show more positive outcomes in a variety of areas than their low-arts-engaged peers – especially in socially and economically disadvantaged student populations. This is exactly what makes programs like Fred Martin’s Urban Entertainment Institute (UEI) so valuable – and inspiring. Read More »
Tags: arts education, Bridging the Gaps, Cisco, edtech, TelePresence, Urban Entertainment Institute, video, video conferencing, videoconference, virtual concert
A Twitter success story
Theresa Russell teaches Computing to teenagers in Lancashire, England. We found each other on Twitter. I was looking to better understand the newest trends in #EdTech. She needed a female mentor for an international competition she had talked five students into joining. We soon formed a team of teachers, mentors, and more importantly, students: TechGirlsUK. With the energetic support of the inimitable Heidi Rhodes, the girls made it to London.
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Tags: edtech, education, girlsintech, social media, stem, twitter
The Johnson City School District transformed its students’ learning experiences, teachers’ teaching experiences, and parents’ academic insights with BYOD applications, allowing them the freedom to learn and connect anywhere, anytime and on any device.
With wired Internet access readily available in each of the 11 schools, the district took its first steps into wireless Internet access in its elementary schools. The city teamed up with Cisco to implement its BYOD Solutions for K12 Education to advance the schools’ wireless networks. The flexible network access allowed teachers to use laptops in their classrooms, stream online video, and adopt testing applications that used iPods, tablets, and other mobile devices. The schools’ networks also addressed the previous network limitations such as security measures preventing access for students and guests. Read More »
Tags: Bring your Own Device (BYOD), byod, edchat, edtech, k-12 education, mobility
March 14 – 15 marked the National Finals Competition of CyberPatriot, the largest high school cyber defense competition in the United States.
With students crowded around laptops, routers and clocks counting down, teams were given a business scenario. Told that they were newly hired IT professionals managing the network of a small company, they were given 12 virtual machines that they had to wipe of the most vulnerabilities in the shortest amount of time.
Taking place just outside of Washington, D.C., as the teams raced to defend their networks from attack, the event resembled a scene out of the show 24. And if it showed us anything, it’s that our future cybersecurity workforce is bright. Read More »
Tags: cyberpatriot, cybersecurity, defense, edchat, edtech, military, stem
The Cisco Virtual Forum for Education Leaders, 2013 opened on March 19th to rave reviews by attendees from schools, colleges and universities from around the world. Here’s a sample of their feedback:
- “Thanks to all the Cisco folks who put this together. It was informative, exciting and motivational!!!”
- “Thank you so much for providing this virtual forum. What a GREAT way to share ideas and resources!”
- “It was a pleasure speaking with everyone and hearing the marvelous presenters! Thank you Cisco!!!”
- “Very informative. Good presenters. Fun and engaging.”
- “I think you covered all the topics on technology and learning well.”
- “I loved the “classroom of the future” presentation, is it available to share with other educators in my district?”
If you missed the opening day of the Virtual Forum, you’re in luck. All the sessions and content are now available on-demand. Registration is free!
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Tags: edreform, edtech, education, elearning, flipped classroom, Flipped Learning, highered, MOOCs