Winter 2011
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Classroom Connection - News, Trends, and Solutions for K-12 Education

Global Survey Validates New Student Learning Needs and Teaching Approaches
Signaling a trend for K-12 students, in a recent survey, 64 percent of college students would choose the Internet over a car, and 66 percent cited a mobile device as the most important technology in their lives. How can schools capitalize on these findings to increase student engagement?


Beyond Lecture Capture: Transforming and Sharing Video for Next-Generation Learning
In the past, students, faculty, and staff who wanted to share video usually had to enlist a video specialist from the IT department. That's changed with a new generation of easy-to-use tools for video capture, transformation, and sharing that Cisco calls Lecture Vision.


Growing School District Lowers Data Center Costs
Running out of data center space, Andover Public Schools in Kansas faced having to find the funds to build a whole new facility. Instead, the district found a more compact and cost-effective solution in the Vblock data center architecture.


Mobile Devices are Coming: Get Ready
Like it or not, students, teachers, and staff are bringing their own devices to school. What are the implications for campus networks? Here are some questions to ask as you prepare for the influx of mobile devices on school property.


Mobile Collaboration for Education – An Integrated Approach to Distance Learning for Students & Faculty – Freedom to Learn Anywhere, Anytime
Mobility is a fact of life for students and faculty alike. Distance learning opportunities are growing exponentially. To meet this evolution in education, Cisco is taking an architectural approach to meet this growing trend of remote and mobile students and faculty.

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Annual report reveals online learning's rapid rise
K-12 online and blended learning continued to grow rapidly across the country in 2011, according to an annual report unveiled at iNACOL: 2011 Keeping Pace with Online K-12 Learning: An Annual Review of Policy and Practice.

Feds launch open-source "Learning Registry'
Launched by the U.S. Departments of Education and Defense, the new "Learning Registry" is an open-source community that takes advantage of technology tools to help users share information about learning resources more effectively among a broad set of education stakeholders.

DOD Schools Engage Students With Technology
The American Forces Press Service reported that the Department of Defense (DOD) launched a visionary program to renovate or replace 134 of its 194 schools worldwide

National Town Hall on the Next Generation Workspace Dec 15

Join your colleagues for this interactive, National Town Hall discussion online where government, education, and healthcare IT leaders from around the country will address specific concerns relative to desktop management, security, policy, desktop delivery, and gaining control of desktop total cost of ownership.

TIES 2011 Education Conference
Minneapolis, MN
December 12-13 2011
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WASBO Education Conference
Milwaukee, WI
January 18-20 2012
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Florida Education Technology Conference (FETC)
Orlando, FL
January 23-26 2012
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Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) Midwinter Conference
Austin, TX
January 29 – February 1 2012
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Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA) Conference
Austin, TX
February 6-10 2012
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