Cisco International Education Study
Cisco recently unveiled the findings of an international education study examining the role of technology in advancing learning across the globe. What did we find? Well, educators spoke loud and clear — preparing students to compete in a global economy by developing technology skills is a top priority.
And while we live in an era of technology, many school districts still face dismal budgets and limited access to the technology, making it even more challenging for students to gain these critical skills. As global competition increases and educators look to expand learning programs with online international curricula, educators are being forced to “do more with less.”
To address this need, Cisco partnered with the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC) to launch the annual Kids Creating Community Content (KC3) contest. Now in its fourth year, the contest specifically focuses on developing technology skills by featuring middle and high school teams (and new this year – elementary!) researching, developing and presenting community content through various technologies and connecting classes world-wide via telepresence.
If you are an educator, I encourage you to check out the Cisco Education Virtual Forum, which kicked off earlier this month. The forum is great place for educators to “gather” online, hear from great keynote speakers and collaborate with other educators around the world via the community chat rooms. Technologies like telepresence help educators do more with less while helping students achieve the skills required in our new global economy.