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Abu Dhabi Transforming Education Summit

Last week, Education leaders from around the globe flew to the Gulf. We were there to give a public vote of confidence to one of the world’s most ambitious programs of school system transformation at the Transforming Education Summit.  The first annual Transforming Education Summit (TES) was conceived by conference host the Abu Dhabi Education Council (ADEC) under the patronage of His Highness General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and Chairman of ADEC. The summit’s vision is “to create a forum for effective transformation leadership and an open dialogue between the leaders of education transformation and their key stakeholders.”

Through a deep investment in teachers and technology, Abu Dhabi plans to turn its under-achieving students into world-beaters. Arab Spring governments have paid a high price for under-investing in young people. Those lessons are not lost on the UAE sheikhs.

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Using Netbooks and Tablets to Encourage Learning: A Case Study

May 16, 2012 at 10:07 am PST

Today’s students are wired -- which is now an old school way of saying connected!

In fact today they are wireless! They have grown up with technology. They have integrated it into their lives. They socialize through technology. Technology, supported by robust and secure networks, gives them instant access to information at home and on the go.

But, what about their classroom experience?

Some forward thinking educators have realized that technology is a key ingredient in driving student engagement and learning outcomes. These educators are embracing new learning programs that feature netbooks or a tablet. In the hands of students, these Internet-based devices can help to increase collaboration and engagement, creating a technology-rich learning environment that feel familiar to students.

Watch this recorded webinar to learn about Lake Tahoe USD’s netbook program.

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Next Generation Education Workspaces – Join the Conversation

May 12, 2012 at 2:17 pm PST

Virtual desktops are not new to education. Virtual workspaces are. What’s the difference?

The Cisco Virtualization Experience Infrastructure (VXI) delivers virtual workspaces that go beyond traditional classroom desktops to unify virtual desktops, voice, and video. Through VXI, every computer and mobile device can now be a learning resource. Education IT leaders now have the ability to deliver next generation education workspaces, without compromising the user or educational experience, as is common in traditional VDI deployments.

Cisco is partnering with T.H.E Journal, Citrix and NetApp to host a live Twitter Chat on K-12 Next-Gen Learning Environments on May 17, 2012, at Noon, U.S. Pacific Time. We’ll discuss the findings of a recent survey on incorporating next-generation computing devices and mobile learning in K-12 education.

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Video in Education – What the Research Says and How Educators Can Prepare for the Future

May 2, 2012 at 11:24 am PST

Schools, colleges and universities around the world are using video technologies as a fundamental agent in the process of education transformation. A new white paper commissioned by Cisco and conducted by Wainhouse Research concludes:

In concert with global macro-economic changes and the growth of social interconnectedness worldwide, education is undergoing a major shift, as brick-and-mortar classrooms are opening up to rich media content, subject matter experts, and to one another. This shift has been influenced largely by technological and pedagogical trends, greater worldwide access to the Internet, an explosion of mobile phone users, and the appreciation for these technologies by young people, as well as by teachers. Video appears poised to be a major contributor to the shift in the educational landscape, acting as a powerful agent that adds value and enhances the quality of the learning experience.

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Will New Apple, Cisco Announcements Accelerate Digital Learning?

In the wake of the Apple iBooks announcement back in January, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan quickly called on USA schools to fully deploy digital textbooks by 2017. To any observer of the glacial speed of digital conversion in our schools today, this goal seems aggressive.

What could help speed up the pace of these conversions? Well for one, large technology companies.

Owning diverse school curriculum and procurement customer relationships by the thousands, broad product lines, large-scale resources, partnerships, and professional services support, large technology companies could spark more BYOD and 1:1 conversions with more complete, more innovative, and more easy-to-use products and services. And they could help fix the massive challenges schools have when they look to plan and tackle these digital conversions.

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