The fifth Global Education Leaders Program meeting recently convened in Seattle bringing the world’s best school systems face to face with the biggest: Finland and Korea, India and Brazil – alongside nine other systems, national, state and city. On the fault line between best and biggest, two points of stark divergence came through.
First, the case for change: hard to make if you’re topping (PISA), easier if you’re anchored near the bottom. Intriguingly the Finns are asserting a number of reasons why a traditional approach to schooling can’t be sustained. The country’s leading industries, lumber and technology, are weakening. Its place at the head of the education rankings is under threat and academic performance is becoming patchier – signs of that Anglo Saxon gap between top and bottom quartiles starting to spread. Contrast that with Brazil, where no one doubts for a moment that the publicly funded school system must be rapidly transformed, to provide the country with a motor for sustainable growth.
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Tags: 21st century skills, Cisco, education, GELP. Education, preparing the workforce, transforming education
Thirty thousand feet above Iraq, an hour out from Qatar and the Persian Gulf – a good place to look back on this week’s third annual WISE, the World Innovation Summit for Education. It is, bar none, the biggest education conversation on earth. It has the power to convene: the world’s leading educators implored the world’s governments to honor the 2015 Millennium Education goals. In my opinion, although WISE has done significant work in the past few years there is still a lot to be done to create a coherent, systematic approach to education transformation. Qatar and the Region as a whole need that desperately. Arab leaders know they have to create 75M jobs - to sustain growth and meet the aspirations of countless young people. That means building a generation of problem-solvers and entrepreneurs. The precondition is better education.
WISE is pinning its hopes on new and innovative forms of learning – finding them, promoting them and scaling them. Charlie Leadbeater’s brilliant book on learning innovation was unveiled here this week. The Haiti learning initiative, built around inspirational new approaches to education, was launched with the WISE imprimatur. And innovative projects – from Afghan photography to smart-funded academies in America -- were hailed as game changers.
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Tags: 21st century skills, Cisco, education, GELP. Education, Global Education, ICT, preparing the workforce, transforming education, WISE
The World Innovation Summit for Education(WISE) is an initiative of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science, and Community Development. Launched in 2009, WISE is an international initiative and platform for a multitude of established and new educational actors to collaborate proactively all year round. There will be 1200 attendees from 45 countries, including greater than 25 country-level Ministers of Education in attendance at this Qatar meeting discussing potential global and regional impacts on teaching and learning. At the Wise Summit in Doha, Qatar, November 1-3, Cisco is one of only two major technology companies presenting at the conference. Another great visibility opportunity for Cisco in helping “transform Education, together.”
On November 1st, I will be speaking and moderating a session on “Adapting to the Future World of Work” Session: Adapting-future-world-work at the Wise summit in Qatar. In this session, the panel and I will explore ways in which education, business, social and government leaders in different regions might work together more effectively to address them. Learn more about related topics in the Equipping Every Learner for the 21st Century White Paper
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Tags: 21st century skills, Cisco, education, Global Education, ICT, preparing the workforce, transforming education, WISE
Rural communities are increasingly losing trained professionals to larger cities where up-to-date education & certification are more accessible. The Smart+Connected Community in Action video case study on Colorado Springs takes us to a smart+connected community in rural Colorado that is working with the bigger city of Denver to address this important issue.
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Tags: certifications, collaboration, community college, connected health, connected healthcare, education, healthcare, higher education, highered, preparing the workforce, Smart + Connected Communities, TelePresence, training
One of the things I like best about Fall is the Educause show, a time for us to take a pause in our busy lives and learn about the best thinking in how technology applies to higher education. It also gives us a chance to connect with one another and share ideas about how to effectively prepare students for the future and increase access to quality education. This year, these topics are especially important as together, we face one of the most troubling economic environments that we’ve ever encountered as a nation and global community.
What we know is that we need to think differently to address the challenges in front of us. We need to think differently to develop a range of options. The Educause tagline, “In Challenging Times, We Need Options,” could never be more accurate or true than it is today. Not only do higher education institutions need options in terms of how to deliver quality education, but students need options to get the very best education possible.
Technology plays a critical role in providing students with options, and Cisco delivers many of these technologies to the higher education market. Interacting with technology not only helps students to prepare for careers that are increasingly technology-dependent, but it also gives them better access to education. High-definition, life-like TelePresence solutions provide access to students in remote locations, and these solutions also allow universities to access experts from across the globe. Wireless technologies engage students in the learning process with wireless response systems and anytime, anywhere access to information. Collaborative learning solutions, such as WebEx, support online learning, offer virtual group work, and enable interactive learning experiences. And advanced video technologies create media-rich, connected learning environments that engage the “now” generation in the learning process.
We welcome the opportunity to connect with you at Educause. Please visit us at booth 322 to see a number of our demonstrations for higher education, including TelePresence, Campus Safety, Digital Media, and more. And, enter for a chance to win a new Flip Ultra II HD Video camera from Cisco to capture the spirit of Educause. We look forward to seeing you there.
Tags: education, educause, expanding access, higher, higher education, next generation learning, options, preparing the workforce, technology