Cisco Blogs


Cisco Blog > Collaboration

“Sparking” Collaboration at SXSW

Every year at the SXSW Interactive Conference, tens of thousands gather in Austin, Texas to get a first look at what’s new in innovative technology. And while the atmosphere this year was festive, it’s safe to assume that many attendees were trying to stay connected and get work done on-the-go with colleagues back in the office.

While email and conference calls have long been the staples of business communication, the reality is that people on-the-go, whose mobile devices are their business lifelines, need solutions that make it simple and easy to work together from anywhere. Since Cisco was on the ground with attendees at SXSW, it was the perfect opportunity to not only hear how they collaborate, but also discuss the future of collaboration and find out directly from users what they are looking for.

While we think collaboration is the best thing since sliced bread – or in Austin, taco trucks – we wanted to hear how users describe it: how do they use it, how does it help them, what do they wish it could do? Because Cisco Spark is so easy to put in the hands of users, we asked people to try it out. Read More »

Tags: , ,

#CiscoChat Ignites “Spark” in Collaboration Conversation at SXSW

The Cisco social media marketing team was on the ground in Austin for the SXSW Interactive Conference and the second ever #CiscoChat. The team engaged with participants onsite and over social media, teeing up an announcement around our new collaboration service–Cisco Spark–by asking participants how they collaborate with coworkers on the go.

We also had several influencers join us onsite, including former Mashable co-editor and CAPTIOLOGY author Ben Parr. Always keeping a finger on the pulse of new platforms and trends, Ben answered questions with us live and streamed the event on Meerkat to nearly 100 attendees.

Throughout the day, we saw hundreds of mentions of #CiscoChat, which went trending on Twitter in Austin!

ben parr

The Cisco social team with Ben Parr, author of CAPTIVOLOGY

Read More »

Tags: , , , , , ,

We’re Flipping Learning in Texas: Tech Trends in Action

What if we could change learning in the classroom to better suit students’ needs and accommodate individual learning styles? That’s exactly what Denton Independent School District in Texas is doing through flipped learning and collaborative video technology.

In his recent blog, Barry Fox describes what the future of education looks like at Denton ISD, and the potential for other school districts throughout the country to adopt a similar model. Through flipped learning, students experience a rich virtual classroom experience, with video-based material made available to students from any location through multiple devices, bringing learning beyond the classroom. This provides the flexibility desired by students, enabling them to easily connect with teachers, re-watch content and learn at their own pace.

Help us share the Denton ISD story of championing student-teacher relationships at next year’s SXSW. Vote for our panel at http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/23959.

Tags: , , , , , ,

School District Uses Flipped Learning to Improve Student Learning

Have you heard about Flipped learning? It is transforming the world of education.

At the Denton Independent School district in Texas we wholeheartedly embrace technology education. Why? Because we understand the correlation between technology and student success. With over 26,000 students to serve, Denton ISD looked to “flipped learning” as a solution that would benefit students at all levels. With flipped learning, student’s take-in content before connecting with the teacher in the classroom. Often times, this takes the form of video based material recorded by the teacher and made available to students from any device or location outside of the classroom. In this way, students spend time with their instructors applying learned knowledge instead of acquiring content.

Read More »

Tags: , , , , , ,

Video Collaboration – Better Than Being There? Decide for Yourself, Place Your Vote

Recently Cisco commissioned a study with The Economist Intelligence Unit to survey 862 business leaders on their sentiments about the value of in-person meetings and the impact on more than 30 business processes including initial meetings, project kick-offs and contract renewals. Business leaders were virtually unanimous in agreeing that in-person communication is more effective, powerful and conducive to success; with 75 percent stating it is absolutely critical to the health of their organization. (For those of you who prefer infographics, here is one with the results).

However, our desire for closer, more synchronous communication is being challenged by globalization, distance, and increased pressure to reduce costs or “do more with less.”  Telepresence is the most effective way to bridge the in-person gap, and as OJ Winge mentioned in a recent speech, it is helping to drive innovation and positive social change in all industries and businesses of all sizes.

But an interesting debate remains, while the majority of business leaders agree in-person is the most impactful communication, 60 percent of communications are not real-time. So what gives? Read More »

Tags: , , , , , ,