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Humanizing Education Through Video

May 24, 2011 at 11:44 am PST

What if Isaac Newton had owned a video camera? Suspend your disbelief a little more … what if he used that camera to record himself teaching calculus lessons and then posted those lessons on YouTube?

Well, if Newton had done these things, then Salman Khan “wouldn’t have to,” as Khan said in a March TED Talk. Since Newton pre-dated the digital era, Khan took it upon himself to fill the gap with his brainchild, Khan Academy, the world’s first video-based virtual school.

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Transatlantic TelePresence Chat with Guy Kawasaki #ideaimpresa

May 19, 2011 at 12:49 pm PST

I love it when technology helps connect people. I love it when I can finally see the person I’ve been talking to on the phone and via email for months. I love it when distance becomes irrelevant in sharing knowledge and opinions in real time….even when we’re continents apart.

That’s why I loved every minute of yesterday’s virtual event our Italian team (@CiscoItalia) hosted with Guy Kawasaki (@GuyKawasaki). The concept was simple: connect ~30 Cisco guests in Italy with US social media personality, Guy Kawasaki for an hour of social media pow wow. Did I mention without any travel? The event was delivered over TelePresence in 3 different locations: Milan, Rome and Santa Clara TelePresence Suites (@TelePresence) as part of the Italian team’s #ideaimpresa initiative. This program aims at showcasing new ways to collaborate – wherever we are.

Questions ranged from tips for small medium businesses (SMBs) to the ever-so-popular question: are we overwhelming our fans and followers with information? Guy had an interesting point of view Read More »

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Filling the Void: School Districts Embrace Telepresence to Save Money and Share Resources

May 19, 2011 at 6:55 am PST

With budgets tighter than ever, school administrators are finding new ways to collaborate with other schools and districts hundreds of miles away.  Instead of spending money on flights and hotels to travel across the state and share best practices with others in their field, teachers, principals and superintendents in several California schools are now using telepresence to get that same face-to-face interaction without leaving town.

Fontana Unified School District (FUSD) in Southern California, for example, is a huge district – 41,000 students at 40 schools across 25 miles. FUSD is the latest school district to incorporate telepresence in order to offer their students the best programs possible — and not only prepare them for college, but also prepare them for the real world.  In such a large district, telepresence is a vehicle that allows the district to offer the same opportunities to every student at every school, and save time and money because administrators don’t have to travel across town for meetings.

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Avoid Pitfalls at Your Royal Wedding: Cisco Saves the Day (Great Videos for a Thursday)

Today, we’d thought it might be time for a little fun. We’ve found some Cisco videos that might make you laugh, might make you cry and hopefully provide a little distraction as the week wraps up. Here are our favorites!

The Royal Wedding Planner

There are so many little details to worry about when planning a royal wedding. This little video helps all of you who may find yourself planning your own royal wedding one day!

Watch the video and then visit the website.

Military Dads See Families via Telepresence

This one got me -- nothing sweeter than watching families make a connection, especially when there are children involved. A great clip from “One Good Turn” on ABC Family. Watch the video.

30 Rock: Jack Meets with the GE Execs

When the execs at GE (on the show) need to meet with Jack, they rely on Telepresence to address a rather unique concern Read More »

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The Business Value of Video

Video is a cool technology. It’s a fun way to communicate. It looks neat. But what’s the real business value around video? What does video give us that other forms of communication don’t? How can a particular video solution help your company achieve x or solve y? These are questions that all companies rolling out a video strategy should consider.

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