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Video Technologies Drive Education Transformation

According to Cisco’s most recent Visual Networking Index (VNI) report, video now accounts for more than 50% of all consumer Internet traffic. By 2013, 91 percent of global Internet traffic is forecast to be video. Personally,  I have witnessed, from the past 5 years working with government and education leaders from around the globe, that video technologies are a fundamental catalyst for driving education transformation in schools and universities worldwide.   Which is why I am proud to introduce Cisco Global Education’s newest white paper: “The Impact of Broadcast and Streaming Video in Education: What the Research Says and How  Educators and Decision Makers Can Begin to Prepare for the Future.

Since the earliest days of education television, teachers have recognized the potential power of video. As successive studies have shown,  video has the power both to reinforce the educational message and to engage the student – not only the motivated student but the student who would rather be somewhere else!

But teaching methods have evolved, and there’s  a new emphasis on the importance of nurturing higher order capabilities, such as collaborative problem solving. This means that video’s role, at a stroke,  is significantly enhanced. More than a classroom aid, it is at the core of the learning process itself.

Just look at what will be assessed, for the first time, in upcoming international tests.  In 2014, TIMMS will focus on digital literacy. In 2015, PISA will focus on collaborative problem-solving. It’s a perfect moment for educators everywhere to re-assess their use of video and to make the key decisions about how best to incorporate it into their students’ learning experience.

This is why Cisco wanted to produce a  foundational document, reflecting practice-based research. We wanted to know who is using video and for what purpose, lay out the technologies they are using, and offer a realistic and informed view of the learning impact being achieved.

How will you begin to transform your classrooms with video technologies?

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  1. Michael,

    We are actually at an important cross-roads again with carrier capabilities and innovation being ahead of the infrastructure.

    When video conference came to market in the 1990’s our video resolution was 400 lines of resolution.

    Today our video with High Definition TV now expands from 400>1100 lines. With video higher throughput we have more power consumption “UNLESS” you dedicate lines into the target.

    Wouldn’t this be an ideal time to adopt online provisioning for education?
    Could this potentially address a number of security issues if Virtual Server and Virtual Desktops with Easy Virtual Networking were applied?


  3. From the past 2years until this 1st quarter of the year, evolution of technologies are going so fast. From mobile phones to Applications to Medium were it flows. Video Streaming like VOIP were somtimes used for news boardacaster, interviews due to the availability of those persons. Having it through education(e-learning) may be a solution for those urban areas and other people with concerns. this is a best solution.

  4. this good for student and the teachers…

  5. Good point Michael..Video is used widely in E-Learning and we can see much more in the coming years.

  6. thank you for it very useful.

  7. Well I would agree on the point that video’s reinforce the educational message in students mind. I myself use interactive videos to learn a few of my lessons. It takes almost half the time to strengthen my concepts when learning from videos rather than reading lenghty books that feels boring sometimes.