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Video in K-12 Education

Video and education are a natural pair in many ways. With distance learning on the rise, it’s no surprise that more universities are turning to video as a way to scale their faculty and brand in ways never before thought possible. But what about K-12 education? Does video make sense in this learning environment?

To answer this question, we decided to take a look at one of our most innovative K-12 education customers, Mobile County Public School System (MCPSS) in Alabama. With 91 schools, 60,000+ students, and 8,100 employees spanning 1,200 square miles, MCPSS needed a comprehensive solution to help connect and share knowledge across campuses.

Campus communications, professional development, inter-school collaboration and lecture capture were just some of the areas that MCPSS was looking to address with Cisco’s Video solutions. With this in mind, MCPSS installed digital signs in the lobbies and cafeterias to help keep students, parents and teachers informed, while also helping to spark “incidental learning”.

MCPSS has also come up with innovative ways to use TelePresence beyond just meetings for activities like virtual “field trips” that could be to other counties, states, or even countries!

For professional development and lecture capture, MCPSS needed to be able to take recorded video and share it across their 91 schools. The combination of TelePresence Content Server, Media Experience Engine, and Show and Share helps capture video from any device, transform, and share it on any device so that the video content is available for every faculty member and student to view in any format.

Safety and security is an additional use case that continues to be important area where video surveillance and analytics can make a huge difference in campus safety and incident response time.

Another example of video in K-12 could be for providing virtual student services, eventually perhaps even in-home services such as tutoring via video.

How else would you use video in K-12 education?


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