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The 2011 Cisco Virtual Forum for Education Leaders was launched globally on March 9, 2011 and was followed by an Asia Pacific live event on July 27, 2011. Both are available on-demand until September 30, 2011. Register now and log in to explore leading-edge strategies and practical solutions for meeting today’s education challenges. Over the next several months we will continue to add additional live events and fresh content, including case studies, demonstrations and videos on-demand.
Seemingly insurmountable challenges abound in education today. However, across the "human network", miracles big and small are emerging. Dedicated and determined educators -- like you -- are working together to continuously strengthen education and help ensure that ALL learners reach their full potential.
They understand that tools and techniques mean little without human ingenuity, resilience, innovative adaptation, collaboration, and creative application. Whether the goal is improving student achievement, attainment, or college and career readiness -- or doing more with less to reach learners within and beyond campus walls -- Cisco is proud to convene this virtual forum to share what is already working and celebrate progress toward bridging the gaps in teaching and learning around the world.
- 2011 Education Forum Attendee
Improving Education Together
Gregory B. Whitby
|Primary/Secondary Schools Breakout||Kristian Lecours
Dr. Jorge Nelson
Charles M. Kanavel
|4 Year College/University Breakout||Dr. Lance Ford
Dr. Eberhard Alles
Mohammad H. Qayoumi
Carolyn Nelson, Ed.D.
|2 or 3 Year Community/Vocational College Breakout||Sumon Acharjee
Kristine G. Held
Mary Gallagher, MBA, Ph.D
|A Customer Perspective - Catholic Education in the Diocese of Parramatta||Gregory B. Whitby
|Moderated Chat Archive||Lounge|
|Education Matters - Discussing Opportunities in 21st Century Learning Policy & Methodologies||Andrew Thomson
|Moderated Chat Archive||Lounge|
|Education Innovation - Opportunities to Leverage ICT for Higher Education and K-12 Success||Joe McIver
Rajinder Pal Singh Dadiala
|Moderated Chat Archive||Lounge|
Chief Executive Officer
San Jose, California, United States
John Chambers is Chairman and CEO of Cisco. He has helped grow the company from $70 million when he joined Cisco in January 1991, to $1.2 billion when he assumed the role of CEO, to its current run rate of $40 billion. In November 2006, Chambers was named Chairman of the Board, in addition to his CEO role. Chambers is known for his visionary strategy, his ability to drive an entrepreneurial culture, and his straight-talking approach. He has received numerous awards for his business and philanthropic leadership over his past 13 years, including Time Magazine's "100 Most Influential People," one of Barron's' "World's Best CEOs," the first-ever Clinton Global Citizen Award, and the U.S. State Department's top corporate social responsibility award from Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Prior to joining Cisco, he spent eight years at Wang Laboratories (1982-1990) and six years with IBM (1976-1982).
Vice President - Global Education
Bedfont Lakes, England, United Kingdom
Michael Stevenson is Vice President of Global Education for Cisco Systems. He is responsible for developing education strategy and leading implementation in countries across the world. Michael came to Cisco from government, where he was CIO and Director of Technology at the Department for Education and Skills in England, driving the use of ICT in schools, colleges and universities. Before that he was DFES Director of Strategy. Until joining government Michael worked at the BBC. A graduate trainee, he was the founding editor of the flagship political TV program “On the Record”. He went on to become BBC Secretary, Director of Education and Director of Factual and Learning.
Chief Information Officer
Sheridan Institute of Technology
Brampton, Ontario, Canada
Sumon Archarjee is responsible for fostering the spirit of creativity and innovation through technology resources at Sheridan College located near Toronto Canada. Sheridan has been, and continues to be, at the forefront of many technological initiatives and achievements, including: pioneering the integration of mobile computing technology into the teaching environment; optimizing the teaching environment for the delivery of new technologies; being one of the first organizations in the world to implement an enterprise VoIP and video collaboration. Sumon has over 15 years’ experience in planning, developing, and implementing cutting edge technology solutions in a diverse variety of industries.
Chemnitz University of Technology
Dr. Eberhard Alles began his career at Chemnitz University of Technology (CUT) in 1992, where he headed the human resources management division and budget department. In 2000, he was elected chancellor of CUT for the first time and re-elected in 2008. During the time of his leadership, Dr. Alles launched several ground-breaking reforms with projects in the areas of new public management, strategic planning and marketing, quality management, systematic internationalization and effective cooperation with industrial partners. Dr. Alles studied at Saarland University Saarbrücken and the University of Cologne, and was awarded the State Examination in Law.
Paradise Valley Unified School District
Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona, United States
Jeff Billings has served as the Information Technology Director of Paradise Valley Unified School District (PVUSD) in Phoenix for ten years. He comes to the education industry after operating his own hazardous waste remediation firm for 16 years. Mr. Billings is an advocate for the use of information technology to facilitate and engage learning throughout the human life cycle. He brings scientific and entrepreneurial practices to public education.
Director del Centro de Informática
Universidad de Costa Rica
San José, Costa Rica
Consultor en diseño, desarrollo, implementación de redes avanzadas IP con especialidad en proveedores de servicios ISP IP/MPLS. Director del Centro de Informática de la Universidad de Costa Rica, del 2006 a la fecha. Fundador del Programa UCR Cisco Networking Academy en la Universidad de Costa Rica en 2001 y actual Director. Arquitecto líder de la Red Avanzada de Internet (RAI), Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad del 2002 a marzo 2006. Contacto técnico del NIC-Costa Rica (TLD-CR) desde 1993 a la fecha. Director Técnico Red Nacional de Investigación CRNet (NREN-CR), primer backbone Internet en Costa Rica en 1993 al 2000 y su expansión a la región centroamericana. Asesor de la Organización de Estados Americanos (OEA)en el Proyecto RedHUCyT de 1994 a 1998.
Dean of Distance Learning/Chief Technology Officer
Western Oklahoma State College
Altus, Oklahoma, United States
Kent has served as the Dean of Distance Learning/CTO at Western Oklahoma State College in Altus Oklahoma for the past 14 years. He is involved in teacher-training projects and efforts to bring networking and telecommunications technologies to rural areas. His grant writing efforts have brought over $4 million dollars to Southwestern Oklahoma to equip rural schools, tribal complexes and museums with distance learning technologies. More specifically his work interest and focus is on the “open” or “free” software movement and its impact on delivery of technological services in higher education.
Education Practice Lead, Internet Business Solutions Group
Fairfax, Virginia, United States
Peter Cevenini is the education and workforce development lead for the Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG) in North America. IBSG consults with many of the world's leading companies and governments to help them become more effective through changed business processes and intelligent technology deployment. Before joining Cisco, Peter spent seventeen years as a public educator, serving in various roles including curriculum specialist, local director and high school principal where he served nine years. Peter designed, built and opened North Point High School, one of Cisco’s premier 21st century schools, which has received state, national and international recognition. Peter also teaches graduate-level statistics part-time at The George Washington University in the Graduate School of Education and Human Development.
University of Maine, Farmington
Howe, Oklahoma, United States
Dr. Lance Ford is an educational technology advocate for Cisco. Prior to Cisco, he served as technology facilitator/coordinator for Howe Public Schools in Oklahoma. Lance focuses on helping students attain their maximum potential through personal interactions made possible with technical tools, by enabling them to access, synthesize, and present materials to colleagues in an engaging and interactive fashion.
Vice President Administrative Services
LA Trade Technology College
Los Angeles, California, United States
Dr. Mary Gallagher has 25 years of experience in postsecondary education, the past 9 years of which has been California community colleges in the capacity of administrator and adjunct faculty. Mary currently serves as the Vice President for Administrative Services for Los Angeles Trade Technical College (LATTC).
Business Technology Instructor
Madison Area Technology College
Madison, Wisconsin, United States
Kristine has worked with returning adult learners for over twenty-five years and has worked in the forefront of creating innovate methods of instruction to serve adult learners using distance education and online instructional methods for the past fifteen years. In addition to instruction, she also works with the college’s Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning to provide professional development for other college faculty members interested in distance education. This past year she was a presenter on distance education at the League for Innovation STEMtech conference in Orlando, FL and presented on distance education at a state meeting of Business Technology instructors in Wisconsin.
Director of Technology
Campbell Union High School District
San Jose, California, United States
Charles M. Kanavel is the Director of Technology for the Campbell Union High School District. Since joining CUHSD, he’s implemented several programs to help bring students into the 21st century:
Mountain View, California, United States
Sal is the Founder, Executive Director, and Faculty of the Khan Academy. He started the Khan Academy as a way to tutor his cousins remotely--while he was a hedge fund analyst in Boston, and they were students in New Orleans. He started posting videos on YouTube, and more and more people kept watching. It was clear there was a huge unmet need, so Sal left his hedge fund job and started Khan Academy with the mission of providing a free world-class education to anyone, anywhere.
Sal holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he was the president of his class. He also attended MIT, where he received 3 degrees: a Masters in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, a B.S. in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, and a B.S. in Mathematics.
Krause Center for Innovation
Los Altos, California, United States
Gay Krause has been the Executive Director of the Krause Center for Innovation since its founding in 2000. Gay created the vision to serve K-14 educators with professional development focused on using technology to improve student outcomes. Previously, Gay served in the Mountain View-Whisman School District, CA as teacher, middle school counselor, assistant principal and principal.
Randall Elementary School
Milpitas, California, United States
Kristain has been in education for 13 years as an elementary school teacher, Assistant Principal, and now Principal. As third year principal at Randall, he is very happy to be part of such a wonderful staff and community. Kristian’s philosophy on education is based on the idea that students must be involved in their learning. It must have relevance and importance to them, so they can use the knowledge to construct personal meaning which will allow them to process and evaluate the information that can be applied in their daily lives.
Global Education Solutions Manager
Orlando, Florida, United States
Dr. Greg Mathison has invested his career working in and with government, healthcare, and education. For more than 25 years, Dr. Mathison has served as an adjunct faculty member in several universities teaching graduate and undergraduate courses. He is currently a Graduate Faculty Scholar with the University of Central Florida, MBA program. Two of his children are educators as well, a third grade teacher and high school principal. Dr. Mathison holds a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology and a Ph.D. in Public Administration and Organizational Psychology.
Dean, College of Education and Allied Studies
California State University, East Bay
San Jose, California, United States
Carolyn Nelson serves as Dean of the College of Education and Allied Studies at Cal State East Bay. Her academic and research background is in science education and leadership. Prior to teaching at the university level, she taught science in middle and high school and served as a mentor teacher for science and teaching critical thinking for grades K-8. Dr. Nelson has extensive experience in STEM education and is recognized for her leadership and collaborative work with K-12 school districts, community colleges and the business community.
Incheon, S. Korea
Dr. Jorge Nelson has worked in accredited, nonprofit international schools for 26 years including Korea, Guam, Bali, Venezuela, Mexico, Paraguay, Pakistan and Thailand. He is passionate about creating opportunities for students to be intrinsically motivated as they work on self-selected projects that address and attempt to solve global issues. As the founding headmaster of Chadwick International School in Songdo, Korea Jorge is leading the faculty there in creating one of the finest schools in the world, yet “not more of the same”. Chadwick International brings to Korea Chadwick School’s 75 year tradition including five core values of honesty, respect, responsibility, compassion and fairness combined with academic excellence. CI is also focusing on five core competencies: Worldview, Emotional intelligence, Academics in balance, Creativity and Technology – WE ACT.
California State University, East Bay
San Jose, California, United States
Mohammad H. Qayoumi, President of California State University, East Bay, has worked in university administration for over 30 years. Qayoumi holds the B.S. degree in electrical engineering; M.S. in nuclear engineering; M.S. in electrical and computer engineering; MBA, finance; and the Ph.D. in electrical engineering. He is a licensed professional engineer and a certified management accountant. Under his leadership, Cal State East Bay has adopted new long-range academic and strategic plans with a focus on STEM education, modeling and teaching sustainability, and increasing student access, particularly among underserved populations. Qayoumi held previous administrative positions at University of Cincinnati; San José State; University of Missouri-Rolla; and CSU Northridge. Professional memberships include: Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, Silicon Valley Leadership Group; Bay Area Council; Contra Costa Council; East Bay Economic Development Alliance; KQED; and The Commonwealth Club.
Coordinadora de Tecnología Educativa
Instituto de Educación de Aguascalientes
Martha Alicia Ramos ha desarrollado su carrera en el ámbito educativo en el que ha desempeñado varios roles: desde maestra de grupo hasta funcionaria del sector educativo y ahora como Directora de DOT México. Con más de 17 años de experiencia como Coordinadora de Tecnología Educativa, ha participado en la implementación de programas para integrar las TICs en México y ha colaborado en la puesta en marcha de proyectos de tecnología educativa en Honduras y República Dominicana. Es profesora, tiene una licenciatura en educación y obtuvo una Maestría en Educación con especialidad en Gestión.
Darla Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina
Columbia, South Carolina, United States
Raymond Smith is the Chief Learning Officer and Associate Dean at the Moore School of Business; he is developing the learning strategy and next generation programs for the school. He created the Multi-Modal Learning System and the Virtual Global Classroom that brings people from across the globe to engage in learning programs in dynamic learning environments, utilizing TelePresence, WebEx and iPad and other technologies.
Executive Director of Schools
Diocese of Parramatta, Australia
Greg Whitby is the Executive Director of Schools in the Diocese of Parramatta, Australia. In recognising the critical link between good teaching practice and student learning outcomes, Greg is working to build the capacity of school leaders and teachers through a whole-of-system approach to professional learning. As a regular speaker at national and international conferences, Greg talks about the key areas underpinning a new model of schooling for today’s world: de-privatising teacher practice and personalising student learning. In 2007, he was named as the most innovative and creative educator in Australia by the Bulletin Magazine in its annual Smart 100 Awards. In the same year, Greg received a Presidential Citation from the Australian Council for Educational Leaders (ACEL) of which he has been a Fellow since 2002.
Council of Chief State School Officers
Washington DC, United States
Gene Wilhoit has spent his entire professional career serving education at the local, state, and national levels. He began his career as a social studies teacher, and has served as a state education agency program director, a county administrator, a special assistant in the US Department of Education, the executive director of NASBE, and has led two state education agencies. He and his wife have three children.
Universidade de São Paulo
São Paulo, Brazil
Marcelo Knörich Zuffo (44) é Professor Titular do Departamento de Engenharia de Sistemas Eletrônicos da Escola Politécnica na Universidade de São Paulo (USP), Brasi. Atualmente ele também trabalha como ciêntista no Laboratório de Sistemas Integrados na USP, onde investiga plataformas computacionais de alta performance, realidade virtual e técnicas de virtualização. Em 2001, ele foi responsável pelo desenvolvimento e implementação do primeiro CAVE (Ambiente Imersivo Multiprojetado da América Latina). Atualmente, ele está profundamente envolvido na promoção das tecnologias digitais nos mercados emergentes, quais tiveram um papel-chave definindo o Sistema Brasileiro de Televisão Digital e implementação da utilização maciça de computadores na Educação no Brasil.
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|General Session: Improving Education Together|
John Chambers, CEO, Cisco
John reflects on why he believes we are better positioned than ever, as a global community, to take advantage of the major transitions that are occurring in education and technology today.
Michael Stevenson, Vice President, Global Education, Cisco
Michael discusses the journey for 21st century learning around the world, and how Cisco is working on critical partnerships to advance education transformation globally.
Gregory B. Whitby, Executive Director of Schools, Diocese of Parramatta
Leading learning for today’s world requires a deep understanding of learners, pedagogy, content and cultural change. Good teachers positively influence student learning outcomes so every school leader has a responsibility to lead and sustain educational change.
Salman Khan, Founder, Khan Academy
There is a lot of talk of how to use technology to improve technology, but very little discussion about using technology to RETHINK education. Salman Khan will outline his path to building the Khan Academy--used by over 1 million students every month--and think through what it means for transforming what happens inside and outside of the classroom.
Gay Krause, Founder, Krause Center for Innovation
The Krause Center for Innovation (KCI) was established to design and implement innovative professional development emphasizing technology integration and STEM subjects, to support the diverse workforce needed to compete in the knowledge economy. Our programs include: (1) MERIT (Making Education Relevant and Interactive through Technology) for enhancing curriculum, pedagogy, and technology skills for educators; (2) FAME (Faculty Academy for Mathematics Excellence) for using Internet technology to support student learning in Algebra; (3) FASTTech - short technology classes to enhance software-based skills. This presentation will address what we’ve learned from our ten years of professional development experience as well as the recommended future direction for PD in order to train educators to guide students to succeed in a global economy.
Gene Wilhoit, Executive Director, Council Chief State School Officers
What do today’s graduates need to know to succeed in tomorrow’s world? In the US and around the globe there are heightened expectations for education, and the multiple attributes students need to acquire to become active contributors in a complex global society. In this session, you will learn how the Council of Chief State School Officers is reshaping American public education, through clear, focused standards, more robust assessment designs, and accountability systems; redesign of our education workforce: and enhanced and dynamic information systems.
|Primary/Secondary Schools Breakout Session|
Kristian Lecours, Principal, Randall Elementary School
The Randall Academy started this year with the mission of providing students with the opportunity to learn through a deep-thinking, project-based learning curriculum with a focus on math and the sciences. The Academy will allow students to use technology to demonstrate understanding of content standards while enhancing problem-solving and critical thinking skills. During the presentation, the goals, the curriculum, and the technology opportunities/components of the program will be highlighted. Two students from the Academy will also share their experiences of using Flip cameras and video editing software to direct, edit, and produce a short movie. They will also share about their reading blogs and their overall experience in the Academy and how it differs from a traditional classroom setting.
Dr. Jorge Nelson, founding Headmaster, Chadwick International
Seymour Papert, co-founder of MIT’s Artificial Intelligence Lab, co-authored a paper with Gaston Caperton, former president of The College Board, which describes how “…school is a place where students learn largely by working on projects that come from their own interests -- their own visions of a place where they want to be, a thing they want to make or a subject they want to explore. The contribution of technology is that it makes possible projects that are both very difficult and very engaging.” At Chadwick International all students have laptops. Internet bandwidth across the brand new 500,000 sq. ft. purpose built campus is very fast and robust. Teachers are supported with the necessary resources in creating a school program as described above.
Charles M. Kanavel, Director of Technology, Campbell Union High School District
This presentation will give participants the opportunity to learn about the integration of technology as an every-day tool into education and curriculum. The Campbell Union High School District (CUHSD) employs technology vertically into its curriculum with the use of collaborative tools; such as hybrid courses taught on Cisco Webex, virtualized desktops that make expensive resources accessible to students anywhere in the world with a web browser and virtualized appliances that help save the district money. CUHSD has found vertical integration strategies to be more effective than treating “technology” as general concept or a single area of professional development. These strategies have also led to a measurable increase in students academic performance, without significant fiscal investment.
Jeff Billings, IT Director, Paradise Valley Unified School District
Cisco TelePresence on the Ultra-High Performance National Lambda Rail Network: Examples of human experiences across the globe highlight PVUSD's vision of "Cultivating world-class thinkers."
|4 Year College/University Breakout Session|
Dr. Lance Ford, Adjunct Faculty, University of Maine, Farmington
Teaching remote students does not have to be a one to many, information dissemination scenario. Imperative in a democratic classroom is individual voice as well as individual contribution. Regardless of geographic disparity, each student should relate to others as equal. So, how can a professor teach for a university system and build visual community in multiple classrooms when he is geographically removed by over 1800 miles and a time zone? Blending synchronous and asynchronous tools with a scalable TelePresence suite can provide the opportunity to create a community of learners. Dr. Lance Ford, adjunct faculty for the University of Maine at Farmington will discuss the graduate course he teaches in a blended environment.
Dr. Eberhard Alles, Chancellor, Chemnitz University of Technology
Chemnitz University of Technology stands for innovation and high-tech in learning, teaching, research and communication. The strategic implementation of multimedia (Voip, Teleconfer-encing etc.) opens up new dimensions concerning fields of expertise and target groups. In-teractive lecture halls, virtual communication and IT-based social networks are not a vision of tomorrow but concrete reality today for distance learning and global networking. This is the reason why state-of-the-art infrastructure is given the highest priority at Chemnitz University of Technology.
Raymond Smith, Associate Dean, University of South Carolina, Moore School of Business
Business Schools face new challenges: such as new competitors, new market demands, and funding cuts. We decided that we needed to change. This presentation will describe the drivers for our change and part of our solution; Multi-Modal Learning and our new Global Learning Environment based upon Cisco TelePresence, Webex and other modalities. This presentation will describe these solutions, what we have achieved and learned so far and our plans for the future growth of our model and how it will change our school.
Mohammad H. Qayoumi, President, California State University, East Bay
Carolyn Nelson, Ed.D., Dean, College of Education and Allied Studies, California State University, East Bay
Human capital is the most valuable asset of an enterprise. Therefore, organizations have a fiduciary responsibility for developing this asset. This understanding is especially important for schools and universities to make sure that their faculty and teachers acquire current knowledge and skills. This presentation covers a number of examples of the use of inquiry and innovation in professional development at Cal State East Bay, namely virtual remote supervision, social media, stackable credentials, etc. Finally, the presentation will discuss the scholarship of teaching as a pivotal factor in sustaining excellence.
|2 or 3 Year Community/Vocational College Breakout Session|
Sumon Acharjee, Chief Information Officer, Sheridan Institute of Technology
Sheridan is undergoing a renaissance in implementing their institutional strategic plan to “Shine Brighter”. To realize their goal of exceptional learning experiences, Sheridan has created an Academic Innovation Strategy (AIS) to realize exceptional student learning experiences by: “pushing the envelope” to achieve state-of-the-art curriculum design, development and delivery; integrating creativity and innovation into curriculum, and modeling collaboration and integration into the Sheridan community. The Strategy has produced a Sheridan Creative Campus Framework committed to releasing the creative potential of each student via an education and experience enriched by creativity and innovation. Sumon Acharjee will share some insights in the implementation of their strategy and share how Student Success serves as the beacon in these initiatives.
Kristine G. Held, Business Technology Instructor, Madison Area Technology College
In order to prepare students for the future and equip them with skills needed to succeed in a globalized world, Madison Area Technical College implemented a new delivery system for distance education, across all disciplines, by modifying the TelePresence business product into a distance education learning system. This presentation will share best practices, including professional development training for college faculty members to provide them with the technical tools needed to be successful in distance education.
Kent Brooks, Dean of Distance Learning/CTO, Western Oklahoma State College
Western Oklahoma State College, a rural 2 year college, has experienced a significant enrollment increase over the past 3 years in spite of a declining population in our traditional service area and significant budget challenges. Western has built a strong foundation focused on improving and humanizing the online student experience and strategically utilizing low cost/free technology resources to reduce institutional costs, support current initiatives and position the college for further growth.
Mary Gallagher MBA, Ph.D., VP Administrative Services, LA Trade Technology College
This presentation focuses on the technology LATTC is integrating into its teaching to enhance student learning. The process of developing reusable learning objects, the adoption of technology into the classroom, and the results experienced by both faculty and students will be presented. In addition the funding needed for this project and the sources for funding this effort will be presented.
Vice President - Global Education
Krause Center for Innovation
Diocese of Parramatta