If you were to walk into any school these days—whether an elementary, middle, or high school—you would see students using some degree of technology. Whether it’s a computer in a lab, a tablet, or an interactive whiteboard, technology has no doubt made its way into students’ schooldays.
The trend towards technology in education stands to proliferate: according to Education Week, the Obama administration and the U.S. Department of Education rank facilitating technology access as their top goal during tough economic times. With this goal in mind, telepresence should rank highly on the list of technologies designated for schools—after all, telepresence offers several solutions to maintaining education quality under ever-tightening budgets.
As we’ve talked about before, Hillcrest High School in Riverside, California has state-of-the art facilities. But, it has no students. Financed with $105 million of bond money allocated in 2007, the school now lacks the $3 million it needs from the state to operate for one year. California state budget cuts of $18 billion, one-third of the state’s education funding, keep Hillcrest’s halls and classrooms empty.
In similar dire straits as California, Minnesota’s state government this summer borrowed $2.2 billion from its public schools to end a government shutdown. The state has not set a date by which to pay the schools back.
Ever wondered who’s on a WebEx? Here’s a look at global activity that’s refreshed every few minutes.
Click in and take a look. You will see the host’s location and how many people are participating in the meeting. Some people are even in a one-person meeting, which I imagine means they are recording content to share with others or post on their website.
WebEx Makes the World a Little Smaller
What I find amazing is how many people are video conferencing from very remote locations -- really shows the power of the Internet and how it allows for collaboration no matter where you are!
If you use WebEx, you can see the power of the WebEx network. If you are hosting a WebEx event or have a recorded WebEx posted that’s public, let us know. Send us a tweet @WebExEvents and we’ll retweet your information to our network.
Today, I’m pleased to announce a new addition to the ūmi family — the Cisco ūmi mobile app is now available for iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, and Android devices.
The ūmi mobile app is a cool new way for ūmi subscribers to access video messages and recorded videos on the go. In addition, you can use your mobile device’s touchscreen to add/edit contacts easily with the onscreen keyboard, or even as a remote control for ūmi on your HDTV.
The ūmi team is continuing to work hard to bring new innovative features and experiences to our subscribers. This mobile app is another example of how we are making ūmi the biggest, best, and easiest home video communications experience available.
No longer living in the same city? No problem. Cisco ūmi enables Knicks forward Amar’e Stoudemire and Phoenix Suns Forward Grant Hill to stay close even though they live nearly 3,000 miles away. What does Knicks forward Amar’e Stoudemire think about playing in front of celebrity row at Madison Square Garden?
Check out this unique ūmi call between these two guys and hear what they have to say about ūmi’s features: