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Virtual Forum for Education Leaders – Creating Community

June 9, 2011 - 0 Comments

In Welcome to the Education Blog, Gary Serda said that:

Cisco’s approach to education is comprehensive and multi-faceted. We have groups across all of Cisco that are actively engaging with Education leaders to improve education everywhere. At the core of these engagements, is our fundamental belief that the network can serve as a platform for education innovation that can dramatically improve educational outcomes for students.

One of the ways we showcase innovative and practical solutions for today’s education challenges is the Cisco Virtual Forum for Education Leaders.  This online Forum is filled with informative presentations and resources that demonstrate the success that dedicated educators are having meeting today’s education challenges.

With “virtual booths” for specific solutions and areas of IT concern, Cisco representatives available for live chats, both recorded and live presentations, and expert-led discussions–the forum provided and provides a good source of technology and solution information for Education customers. That’s right, provides. The Forum is more than a transient event: visitors are welcomed back as often as they like to get updated information about Cisco’s solutions and efforts in the Education space. A great example is this interview added last week:

Mooresville Graded School District’s “Digital Conversion” Puts Kids First
Dr. Mark Edwards, Superintendent, Mooresville Graded School District, Mooresville, NC

A district-wide school success story flows from a student-centric approach, enabled by new technology. USA North Carolina District School Superintendent Dr. Mark Edwards shares one of the great success stories in public education today. In an interview with Cisco’s Frank Florence, Mark outlines the steps Mooresville Graded School District has taken to dramatically improve student outcomes and test scores, while improving efficiency and lowering costs.

We had thousands of attendees who spent a few minutes to a few hours of their day with us and they’ve been coming back again and again. Some of the things they liked:

Cisco Virtual Forum for Education Leaders Statistics

  • “The content, ideas for implementation, the take-aways, and meeting people from all around the world.”
  • “The forum allowed me to listen to a group of ‘visionaries’ without cost, which is a critical item today.”
  • “I really love this conference and look forward to implementing some of what I learned.”
  • “Glad you are going to have these available as well afterwards so we can share with other faculty.”
  • “We need many more examples of what effective classrooms look like – this is very helpful.”
  • “I really enjoyed the forum.  I learned about a number of resources and have already shared some information with colleagues.”

I staffed a virtual booth talking with customers about data center technologies, virtualization and desktop virtualization in particular. There’s a great deal of interest amongst Education leaders in virtualizing desktops, Cisco’s Virtualized eXperience Infrastructure (VXI), and the unique challenges of desktop virtualization that Jonathan Gilad wrote about in another post.

You can read more about Cisco’s work in Education on the Education blog and solutions page.

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