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Cisco's STEM commitment shines with new program

by Stephanie Chan

Cisco's STEM commitment shines with new program

Global Problem Solvers: The Series aims to inspire young students to become part of the digital workforce.

Since its inception around the Stanford University campus, Cisco has been an education company. That tradition continues at ISTE 2018, a conference for everything education technology. ISTE (International Society for Tech in Education) is a space to inspire people towards better connected learning. Cisco is one of the main sponsors of the event, with a booth that features Cisco, Cisco Meraki, and Cisco Cloud Security solutions for the classroom and campus. Cisco has worked with 30,000 schools and universities in the past year, with a whopping 6 million students who have learned from the company's IT programs.

Cisco's commitment towards education is demonstrated in one of the company's brand-new STEM programs– Global Problem Solvers: The Series. Here, middle school students are taught the necessary skills for the future of work. Some of these skills include critical problem solving, critical thinking, creativity, and people management. This program was designed to inspire future careers in STEM and to encourage students to think of how technology can create a better, more sustainable world. Students are prompted to think on a global scale, thinking and acting like entrepreneurs and technologists.

"The best part of Global Problem Solvers: The Series is how it creates passion in students to tackle problems in their community," says Edgar Ochoa, 7th and 8th grade social studies teacher at Arizona's Roosevelt School District, "I am impressed how it engages students that are harder to reach through traditional class assignments."

Global Problem Solvers: The Series aims to introduce new skills and technology to students during a critical developmental period for STEM adoption.  You can check out more about this program on gpstheseries.com, where 3-5 minute episodes of animated stories and activities are available to be used beginning to end or on their own.

"We're here at ISTE to help schools, educators and students solve problems," says U.S. Public Sector Director of Education Renee Patton, "From Cisco's engaging programs like Global Problem Solvers to tools like Webex, we are focused on educating the next generation of tech leaders with technology in the classroom today."

Cisco also plans to show how its technology is being used on campuses in a variety of ways—here are just two examples.

Safer Schools and Campuses Program

Ensuring safety for all is crucial—Cisco's integrated platform helps identify, prevent, protect, and respond to environmental or human threats. This is accomplished through video solutions that can stream, store, and playback video from throughout a school district, and law enforcement can access these videos remotely.

Notifying threats in a timely manner can be game changing for school safety as well. Cisco tech can send targeted alerts to administrators, staff, parents, and students. The school community can also alert security through mobile apps, or communicate through a secure mobile chat room.

Collaborative classrooms

The future of work will be facilitated by collaborative technology, and schools can also take advantage of Cisco solutions to create better collaborative engagement. Using Cisco video collaboration tech, the classroom can be or go anywhere, tutors can experts can be utilized, and students can prepare for a new digital workplace.

Cisco Webex collaboration tools can create virtual fieldtrips and encourage different relationships— teacher-to-teacher, student-to-teacher, or student-to-student.

Learn more about how Cisco is creating better outcomes in schools by checking out the education page here.

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