Dr. Lance Ford

Education Advocate

Customer Experience Center

Dr. Lance Ford is an educational technology advocate for Cisco. For the seven years prior, he served as a teacher and technology facilitator/coordinator for Howe Public Schools in Howe, Oklahoma. Howe is a rural district in southeast Oklahoma with a student population of 625 students. The district incorporates a wide variety of technological tools to reach its 21st century student population. Central to these tools is the infusion of video technologies at all levels. The elementary site is implementing a one-to-one laptop initiative that provides students with access to tools from personal video conferencing and collaboration to individual podcasting projects. Middle school science students have participated in collaborative projects with students across the country conducting research and comparing results. Students in the high school participate in video production classes responsible for shooting, editing and producing bi-weekly webcasts. Live and on-demand streaming of videoconferences has been an active part of the Howe integration over the past fifteen years. Currently, the school uses their equipment for everything from broadcasting basketball games live via the Internet to student created virtual field trips. Recently, they have expanded their technology into the bus fleet and provide a connected school transportation solution.

Lance has been a speaker for both state and national conferences on technology integration. He has presented for the Oklahoma Technology Association Conference, Missouri Distance Learning Association, Arkansas Distance Learning Association, Texas Distance Learning Association, EduComm in conjunction with InfoComm, NECC/ISTE, and US Secretary of Education’s Virtual School House. Lance has been named Wal-Mart regional teacher of the year, Oklahoma Technology Administrator’s Technology Director of the Year, and the recipient of the Polaris Award for Excellence in Teaching. In 2007 Lance was recognized as an Apple Distinguished Educator, was awarded the 2008 Long Term Service Award from the Oklahoma Distance Learning Association, and received the Technology Facilitator of the Year award from the National Association for Educational Communications and Technology. Additionally, Lance received the Gold Leadership Award from the United States Distance Learning Association in the spring of 2008. He completed his PhD in Educational Administration, Curriculum and Supervision in the summer of 2009 from the University of Oklahoma. As a technology trainer, Lance has had the opportunity to train over 3500 teachers from Australia to Maine and Canada to Brazil in the effective implementation of synchronous and asynchronous video technologies into the classroom.

Lance was the past-president of the Oklahoma Distance Learning Association, and is a member of ASCD and ISTE. For two years, he served as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Maine, Farmington where he taught a graduate course in technology integration for teachers. Currently he serves of the board of trustees for Oklahoma Baptist University. He enjoys having the opportunity to work with curriculum specialists, technology coordinators and faculty members around the world in the process of direct integration with content they are tasked to deliver. Lance’s focus is not the technology. Instead he is focused on impacting individual students and helping them attain their maximum potential through the personal interactions made possible with various technical tools. Students in an information age need to focus beyond the facts. They must be able to access, synthesize, and present materials to their colleagues in a meaningful engaging and interactive fashion.


March 24, 2020


Connected Education: Let Remote Learning Continue With Webex — Before, During, and After Class

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Many schools like ours have been leveraging Cisco Collaboration Flex Plan for Education Offer to enhance virtual learning and content delivery to help students continue their educational process with as little disruption as possible.

January 29, 2019


Start this Semester on the Right Foot with the Cisco Webex Education Connector

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In the last several semesters I've been using Cisco Webex Meetings and Teams as central tools for these lines of communication in education. With Webex Meetings, I can guarantee seamless video meetings to host all my classes and lectures. With its new video-centric user experience, I can ensure to retain active engagement with my students.

October 30, 2018


The More Intuitive Way to Learn

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The annual Educause conference starts today, and educators from all over the world will be flocking to the Rocky Mountains to learn about the latest in education innovation. There is...

December 28, 2016


Howe Public Schools Reimagine Education

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Learning is no longer confined to the classroom, the campus or the home. For students in rural southeast Oklahoma, the commute to school on the bus is an active learning space. Howe Public School students who were once limited by their physical rural location can now access advanced courses and college curriculum. Cisco collaboration tools, […]

July 28, 2016


Bridging Patient Care With The Virtual Classroom: Peyton’s Story

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10 year old Peyton connects to her classroom during #cancer treatments with #video. Watch her moving story.

June 21, 2016


Using Connected Transportation to Provide Students With Equitable Learning Opportunities

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With Connected Transportation for Education, we’re paving the way to ubiquitous connectivity, ensuring equality in learning for all students.