This week is National Telework week. I’m working from home using WebEx video to collaborate with Cisco colleagues around the world.
My 3-day telework pledge will save me $81.90 in transporation costs and 122 pounds of pollutants for the week. If I continue the 3-day telework routine for a year, I will save $4,095 in transporation costs and 6,120 pounds of pollutants or 3.06 tons for the year. Imagine how much we could all save if every government worker and citizen was able to use network collaboration and video to work from home.
Also this week, the President members of the Pacific Alliance participated in the first Virtual Presidential Summit through TelePresence without the need to travel. During the 90-minute “Historic Presidential Summit,” the Presidents of Colombia, Mexico, Chile, Peru, Costa Rica and Panama (by telephone) were able to specify the fundamental points for the signature of the treaty for the “Pacific Alliance.”
There are many exciting video applications for government including:
Please let me know how you are using video apps in your government agency to cut costs and enhance services for citizens and constituents in your community.
Tags: Connected Government, Connected Justice, TelePresence, telework, video conferencing, WebEX
If you’re a parent, you might want to sit down. Some financial advisors predict a four-year college education that begins in 2015 will cost about $120,000. And that’s for public school. The private price tag runs closer to $230,000.
You can exhale now. Thankfully, the federal government has taken note of the ever-heavier burden families bear to cover college tuition. In his January 24 State of the Union address, President Obama challenged higher education institutions to find innovative ways to cut costs and acknowledged universities that have optimized their technology in an effort to lower student expenses. His praises echoed those delivered by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan at the November 2011 Financial Student Aid conference. Read More »
Tags: edchat, edtech, IVC, university, video conferencing, videoconferencing, VTC
There’s a different kind of college freshman on university campuses these days. According to EdWeek’s report on The American Freshman: National Norms Fall 2011 survey, today’s freshman bears more of the cost of his or her own education than did past first-year college students, and, as a high school senior, today’s freshman paid more attention to his or her studies than those who came before.
So what does this mean for colleges?
For one, today’s students’ higher academic engagement could translate into demand for more innovative, challenging courses. But with the survey showing more students taking out large student loans as their parents’ unemployment rates remain stagnant, universities cannot raise tuition price tags to hire more faculty to develop new classes. President Obama said as much in his January 24 State of the Union address, mandating that schools use tools like “better technology” to improve their course offerings without raising costs. Read More »
Tags: Cisco, classroom technology, distance learning, edchat, edtech, education reform, Education Week, sotu, tandberg, teleconferencing, video conferencing, videoconferencing, virtual
When it comes to using cutting-edge mobile video technology, Arkansas is blazing the trail for state and local governments.
In the process of developing a network to support data, voice, and video communication services, the state plans to integrate mobile devices into this system beginning this month (February, 2012). According to Government Technology, Arkansas state leaders want to improve public service by embracing what they see as a shift to “a more mobile environment.” Read More »
Tags: broadband, govtech, telework, video conferencing, videoconferencing
Two classes of New Jersey middle school students recently enjoyed a unique opportunity for exchange with their peers. From neighboring towns, the eighth graders live worlds away from each other demographically—one town is largely affluent and white, while the other is mostly low income with a predominately black and Hispanic population. Each class studied John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, and they visited each other’s schools to discuss perceptions of the novel.
As reported in The New York Times, the students at both middle schools found the interaction with their counterparts eye-opening and rewarding, both in terms of literary analysis and cultural understanding. The ability to see the text—and life—from a different perspective fostered a rich educational experience.
With telepresence and other collaborative technologies, students are able to mimic the exchange in which the New Jersey youth participated, except they could share ideas with and experience the cultures of peers not only across town boundaries, but also across state lines and country borders. Telepresence enables a real-time, high-definition connection that allows for a quality of conversation comparable to in-person interaction, creating a unified classroom across geographies. The telepresence set-up establishes an environment that feels inclusive and intimate—the students would feel as though they had traveled to each other’s schools. They could see the detail in each other’s settings, in clothes, hairstyles, facial expressions, and other aesthetics that make up parts of a culture. Read More »
Tags: edchat, edtech, fieldtrips, IVC, new york times, of mice and men, video conferencing, videoconferencing, virtual fieldtrips, VTC