Providing a More Collaborative, Interactive Classroom Learning Environment through Video

May 4, 2010 - 20 Comments

It’s become increasingly clear that media-rich applications like video are transforming how we communicate, work, and live.  As someone who has spent years working in the Public Sector space, I’ve seen a major transformation in Education, including new ways we are approaching teaching and helping individuals to learn.  At Cisco, we are continuing our commitment to better education through the use of video through a variety of methods: video surveillance to protect our students; Digital Media Signage to provide a more interactive environment which better connects schools with their communities, students, and parents; and through TelePresence and Webex for enhanced classroom and distance learning applications.  

Our Video-Enabled Teaching and Learning Solution platform helps students in K-12 and higher education gain the skills they need to advance in today’s workplace by introducing them to a more collaborative, virtual learning environment.  This transformational learning environment will  empower them with 21st-century skills needed to increase overall U.S. competitiveness and job preparedness.  Cisco Chairman and CEO John Chambers shared his perspective on the future of collaboration and the value for education during a recent virtual forum for education leaders.

While technology doesn’t address all of our education challenges, it is a strategic enabler for schools to achieve sustainable competitive advantages. Many school administrators agree, in a new survey released today by Clarus Research Group, that 84 percent of school professions surveyed believe that technology will play a large role in “improving how students learn,”and 82 percent believe that technology will play a large role in “helping prepare students for the workforce of the future.”  Video itself is seen as a key enabler of this transformation, as more than half (53 percent) of the administrators and information technology decision makers in K-12 institutions, community colleges and universities say they are likely to invest in video technology over the next year to make their schools “more effective and efficient.”

Cisco will continue to lead discussions with Education stakeholders to help bring learning into the 21st century, and provide the platform and solutions to sustain the conversation for years to come.

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  1. I want to use cisco in my IT Classrooms and I want to use a fully interactive product in 2011, I am tired of the E-College environments. Help me!!!

  2. Hopefully schools at large will start to embrace new technology. It seems that educational institutions can be somewhat reluctant to change particularly because of the costs involved with implementing new technologies. Things will likely change, but probably not as quickly as most would hope for.

  3. Hey Bruce,I wish we had this when I was growing up! :)I just think there are so many young people (and adults, for that matter) who learn so much better through video.Many of us are visual learners and the earlier we can provide this kind of learning to k-12 kids, the better they’ll be.Very cool!Take care,Jason

  4. It woul be great, but what about poor and rural places which don’t have access to fast networks.

  5. It isn’t a question of if schools will adopt this kind of forward thinking and technology, it is when will they finally realize how effective this is. I follow this blog in part because I know that one day we will see Cisco based technology all over the world.

  6. When I think that my first classroom was 4 grades in one room and today you will be able to teach and learn globally, it is amazing to me to see the advancement in a time span of 70 years. I am exited for future generations.

  7. I am all for providing a much more technical and modern means of education that will help us stay afloat in this modern world. We must remember though that everyone learns differently, and there will always be those that need direct personal interaction with teachers constantly to learn. However, for others, this could be what they need to really engage in their education.

  8. providing more video enabled classrooms will help the students to learn more thinks in their field…. Nice step by blogger to promote this type of video class rooms…

  9. I think this is a combination of technology and education which is long over due. I’m a graduate of Excelsior college and I’ve taken a combination of online and self study courses. I’ve always been interested in studying law but when I graduated a few years ago the state of California was the only state that allowed students who studied through non ABA schools to sit for the bar exam. I’m not from California so that sort of squashed that dream. Anyway with a giant like CISCO entering the arena I think the ways people look at obtaining a quality education will soon change for the good.

  10. This is very good news, I am involved in a Dutch studie about this. This is very usefull information!

  11. I am glad to see that Cisco has a video learning system that will give people the ability to make connections as visual learners!

  12. I also truly believe that interactive videos will change the way our students learn. This will greatly improve the chances of our youth in getting a high-paying job once they go outside school.

  13. Well, there is nothing good to get online learning but how one can know if your provider is reliable especially for online learners from other there any way to judge them.

  14. i hope its can be on Indonesia too, my university is new and need like this

  15. This is great! I downloaded a John Chambers lecture on iTunes last week and I think he is very dynamic. He has a great way of communicating his ideas making his point. Thanks for posting this.

  16. Cisco TelePresence really can make a big difference bringing people who live distant from specific learning centers to the classroom.

  17. This guy talks a lot of sense – not always the case with CEOs! He seems like he genuinely believes what he talking about though, and agree with him 100%. These changes in technology make a huge difference to the learning opportunity and potential… BUT they need to be combined with a shift in the core syllabus being taught in schools too! We need a modern, up-to-date school agenda that REALLY prepares our young people for today’s workplace. As a business person I believe the business world and work arena are vastly different places than 15-20 years ago and education needs to step up meet advancing technology. Education officials would do well to listen to this guy!

  18. Technology in the classroom is a wonderful and this is a great step forward. The problem is technology is not being used by teachers in even baby steps. The growth of technology and the way students can multi-task relegates the former teaching model obsolete (teacher in front of class directed talk). Students become even more bored now than when we were students. Teachers enter the profession with the mindset that teaching is the way they were taught, and this is no longer the case. We could discuss this for hours.The other issues arise in inner city schools (where I teach) where there are limited to no funds for the proper technology to use, never mind worrying about its proper use.Keith

  19. This is a very exciting technology and platform. Because collaborative work from people living in different areas is the future of research and business. I cant remember the website, but there is already a website where they post research projects, and researchers sign up to it and become part of the project.I would only say that we will need to be careful to make those environment very secure so no one can hack into it and be a secret unwelcomed fly on the wall so to speak.

  20. totally agree, technology can be a great enabler, but what about rural areas who currently are cut off from accessing the internet? What can cisco do to help the country kids?