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Learning at CiscoLive

“There are two great equalizers in life – the Internet and education,” – Chambers

The last of our three TechWiseTV shows taped at CiscoLive in London is now out – its a very Special Edition on the relationship of Learning at Cisco and CiscoLive. (Click here to register and watch the show right now).

These two items are really well matched.  CiscoLive has a rich history focused directly on knowledge sharing, learning and of course certifications. This is what I really love about these events – tons of smart geeks looking to have fun and get smarter.

Our goal for this special edition of TechWiseTV is to dive into the motivation and the opportunity of using CiscoLive as a milestone in your career.  These events occur in key cities around the world featuring abundant benefits for those pursuing career advancement in the networking field.

Two big things on the agenda:

1. History of Learning at Cisco

2.  Top 5 Reasons to Target Learning at CiscoLive

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Honoring Cisco Certified Network Professionals

When we started the “Connected Life Exchange” project I mentioned that we intend to honor all the key stakeholders that help conceive, build and maintain the important communication network assets of service providers.

Today, I will recognize the contributions of Cisco Certified Network Professionals, Experts and Architects. I also offer my encouragement to all the students who have chosen to aspire to attain this respected distinction in our industry.

As I’ve said before, during my career I’ve worked for trailblazing wireline and wireless telecommunication service providers. On numerous occasions I’ve participated in groundbreaking projects that were built on a foundation of Cisco Systems technology and networking products.

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The Cisco Education Blog Has Moved!

We want to welcome you to our new education blog and hope that you will become an active participant and visitor to this community.  We will be exploring topics that are critical to education and look forward to spirited conversations between you and those of us within Cisco who focus on the education market.

As the world shifts away from centralized, hierarchical control and puts more power in the hands of end users, we bring a practical vision and real solutions to help public sector innovators stay ahead of cultural change.  We enable a connected way of living that can foster economic growth, expand access to public services, and keep people of all ages engaged.

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We’re More Powerful Together, Than Apart

We launched our Connected Life Exchange blog yesterday that’s focused on sharing interesting stories. I’ve anticipated this day for three years. I’m eager to work on this project, along with a talented group of creative people.

I remember the very first time that I saw the original Cisco “Human Network” television commercial. Why? It marked the beginning of a journey that ultimately brought me here — as a member of the Cisco family.

On Monday, April 30, 2007. I was a self-employed, independent industry analyst and marketing consultant. I needed a topic to write about that day, for my own blog.

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Teaching with TelePresence at Madison Area Technical College

Madison Area Technical College in Wisconsin is a leader in delivering high-quality instruction and services that are responsive, flexible, and accessible. MATC recently deployed a first-of-its-kind system for community colleges which uses Cisco TelePresence to enhance the quality of education for students.

The College’s decision to pursue a more sophisticated communications technology was based on the institution’s competition, not just from other schools, but from factors that affect students’ time and attention span. Today’s youth use increasingly sophisticated technology in their daily lives: iPods, SmartPhones, PDAs, web-based collaboration and social networking technologies, high-definition television, and more. College officials recognized that students have grown accustomed to a high level of quality, as well as variety, in their learning and communication methods and expect it to be matched in every area of their lives, particularly from a technical education.

The College turned to Cisco TelePresence because it offers an innovative solution for distance learning, creating an “in-person” classroom experience over a converged network. TelePresence technologies transmit life-size, high-definition images, and spatial discrete audio to deliver real-time, face-to-face interaction between people at distant sites, using advanced visual, audio, and collaboration technologies. One benefit of the new distant learning platform is that the College is now able to efficiently deliver quality instruction across the wide area network from location to location regardless of the classroom geography. Easy, virtual access to counselors, academic advisors and other student service providers is further enabled, as well as the ability to reduce travel for meetings and internal training of staff and faculty.

View the video to see the system in action.

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