Today’s leading schools are innovating faster than ever. Students are no longer confined to traditional learning environments – they’re learning anywhere, on any device, in ways that reimagine what’s possible. As part of this approach, schools are drawing on active learning, collaborative learning, entrepreneurial learning and project or problem-based learning to help their students address real-world issues using skills such as critical thinking, problem solving and communication, to prepare them for the digital world.
Cisco, a global technology leader in education, understands how to help schools innovate to drive higher levels of student engagement and improve learning outcomes. We also understand the power of networks. That’s why we’ve applied our knowledge and expertise to create the Digital Schools Network, a community-based program designed to enable educators and students to connect, collaborate, learn and share experiences and resources within a secure digital collaboration platform – to transform traditional schools into Digital Schools.
The guiding principle of the Digital Schools Network is to create better teacher, student, parent and community experiences by enabling connections and collaborations, through the use of innovative solutions.
The program is expected to create four major benefits for schools:
Schools will be able to run joint classes or sessions with local and international schools. They can also participate in live virtual excursions and joint professional development opportunities.
Access to thought leadership and practical information that will help inform critical decisions and de-risk the implementation process.
Participating schools can share and learn from relevant perspectives, either through joint classes or by participating in online communities of interest on a range of discussion topics.
Access to Cisco’s world-leading Webex Teams secure digital collaboration platform.
As it is critical to build a network that caters to schools at different points in their technological journey in education, a two-tier school membership structure has been created for the Digital Schools Network.
All approved schools will initially join the network by default as a ‘Member School’, and will be offered the free licence use of Cisco Webex Teams*. This ensures Member Schools will be using at least one Digital Technology during their participation in the network. Subsequently, Member Schools who use multiple Digital Technology use cases within their school can apply to be promoted to the ‘Leading School’ tier to enjoy additional benefits.
Selected access to program, including:
Full access to the DSN Program, including:
*Please refer to Webex Teams license and terms and conditions.
The Cisco Digital Education Architecture is your framework for student success in a digital world. Built on a highly secure core network, the architecture provides uncompromising collaboration tools, state-of-the-art wireless, and security everywhere.
Connect with your Cisco Account Manager to learn more about these Technology Use Cases and build a digital plan for your school.
The following are the steps to becoming a Digital Schools Network member:
Stay up to date with the latest and upcoming activities taking place in the network.
Schools participating in the Digital Schools Network gain access to a wide range of Cisco’s educational programs for both students and educators. These include:
Connect to Cisco’s networking academies and expose students to jobs of the future in areas such as cybersecurity and the Internet of Things.
For 20 years, Cisco Networking Academy has changed the lives of over 8 million students in 180 countries by providing education, technical training, and career mentorship.
Designed to empower educators for the digital age, the Cisco Connected Educator program gives teachers access to Cisco’s suite of collaboration tools to enhance their students’ learning opportunities. The program allows teachers to earn “Cisco badges” as they demonstrate their ability to use world-class Cisco video and collaboration technologies, enhancing teaching and learning in real-world settings.
Cisco is leading the digital transformation in K-12 and higher education around the world with technologies that allow students to #LearnWithoutLimits.
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Evolving Student Opportunity. Digital technology empowers educators so they can empower students. (Online)