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Best Practices Webinar: Planning Your Wireless Network for Mobile Learning

December 9, 2012 at 4:10 pm PST

Mobile learning is an important trend in education today. The Mooresville Graded School District (MGSD) is at the forefront of this trend with their successful “Digital Conversion” and 1:1 laptop initiative. MGSD embarked on this journey in 2007. Today, MGSD ranks second in the state in overall student achievement even though it is one of the lowest funded districts in North Carolina.

While much of the discussion around mobile learning centers on new devices, MGSD CTO, Dr. Scott Smith, is quick to highlight the importance of a robust network and wireless infrastructure that supports what teachers and students want to do in the classroom.  In this video, Dr. Smith also discusses the importance of making strategic investments to “future proof” the network for evolving models of teaching and learning.

You can hear first-hand from Dr. Smith on December 11th at 9 am PT/12 pm ET, during this live webinar, Best Practices for a Successful K-12 Wireless Network. Key topics will include:

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Talent Development in an Urban Digital Ecosystem

I recall that it was a typical cold and dreary winter day in London — it was probably raining — when I decided that I was ready for a change of scene. The year was 1978, and the local British media was lamenting the apparent “brain drain” phenomenon that was then sweeping the nation.

Yes, I had decided to leave and go live in America, but I’ve always looked back with fondness at the place that I called home. Granted, I had become one of those British expat engineers that discovered there were alternative places to thrive — where my ideas and ongoing research could be fully explored.

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8 Qualities for a Good Social Media Training Program

We’re curious…

What do you look for when choosing  social media training programs you will participate in? It can be daunting, given the variety of information, organizations, and strategies out in the socialphere. On top of that, learning methods and preferences are different for everyone, making it even more important that we each find the type of learning environment that works best for us.

We are continuously learning and absorbing new social media insights, news, strategies, techniques, since the landscape changes so frequently. And we gather this information in a variety of ways, from researching on our own to attending formal courses to one-on-one consulting. While we can educate ourselves quite a bit from gathering information on our own, participating in more formal learning settings can push us forward in our social media skill sets much faster. And at the same time, we have to be careful in choosing the right social media training program that meets our individual needs.

So it leads me back to my original question…what do you look for when choosing social media training programs to participate in? We’re interested in your insights around social media learning. Here is a link to a quick anonymous social media training program survey as part of an informal research project to better understand followers’ social media training preferences.

And below is a quick checklist I use to discern which training programs and formats to participate in:

  • Reputable organization and teacher
  • Education format that matches my preferred learning style (self-serve, group, or one-on-one settings)
  • Focused content around learning, not a sales pitch
  • Educational tone rather than just presenting the information as though it was a meeting
  • Mixture of content to help me learn the principles and then see it in action
  • Variety of tangible and credible examples
  • Short durations to keep my interest and not overwhelm me
  • Key takeaways and ideas I can use right away

What does your checklist look like when choosing social media training? I’m interested in your experience!

I look forward to your comments through this blog post and more of your insights through this short anonymous social media training program survey? This survey will remain open until Friday, December 7, 2012 by 5 p.m. PT. Thank you for your help and participation!

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Connected Education Is About “Being There”

November 13, 2012 at 4:24 pm PST

Education is changing. All around the world schools, colleges and universities are seeking new approaches to teaching that overcome longstanding barriers to learning. Innovative education leaders are using new technologies to expand access to education, increase student engagement and improve student outcomes.

The Mooresville Graded School District, one of the lowest funded districts in North Carolina, implemented a district-wide digital conversion and now ranks 2nd in the state in overall student achievement. Similar results are being realized across the public sector as government and healthcare leaders also seek new approaches to citizen services and healthcare delivery.

At Cisco, we are working to make it easier for educators, government officials and health care professionals to “be there” -- to teach, to serve, to heal.

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Electronic Testing Services (ETS) Uses Cisco Cloud Computing to Deliver Standardized Testing

November 13, 2012 at 7:00 am PST

Cloud-based computing is being viewed by schools, colleges and universities as an increasingly attractive option for delivering education services more securely, reliably, and economically.

Cisco cloud customer, Electronic Testing Services (ETS), took part in a joint webcast to discuss the economic advantages of cloud computing. If you weren’t aware, ETS hosts the advanced placement exam for students. Their previous infrastructure saw low utilization rates due to once-per-year exams. By using Cisco cloud computing, ETS now sees revenues more closely matching expenses.

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