Collaboration for Education

In a global economy, the advantage goes to those who invest in their future leaders, preparing and educating the population for the challenges of the future. To stay competitive, both K-12 and higher education institutions must build safe, effective learning environments that engage and challenge students while streamlining communications and improving operational efficiencies for administrators.

Technology has become a part of our daily fabric. Today’s students demand access to constant connectivity and expect content to be delivered in increasingly visual, rich-media formats. Leveraging the power of secure, borderless networks and developing solutions with the network as a platform helps schools to design complete, end-to-end solutions that make learning more accessible and engaging.

As we prepared for the Enterprise Connect (#enterprisecon) show in Orlando this week, two key technologies stood out as ways for schools and universities to become more efficient and help students gain skills such as problem solving, innovation, and media literacy so they can compete in the global economy.

Video on Demand:a suite of voice, video, and web conferencing tools that can help schools and universities:

  • Deliver on-demand learning to desktops and digital signs anywhere, at any time. Inspire, motivate and educate students – and train educators using the same systems
  • Leverage access to remote resources and provide educational resources to students in remote and under-served geographies
  • Facilitate real-time, virtual face-to-face interactions between students, teachers, parents, and administrators, from anywhere, at any time

Unified Communications:a single IP network delivers connected voice, video and data, enabling faster, more effective communications:

  • Teachers and staff can automatically send parents assignments via voice and text messages with advanced outbound-calling services
  • Provide district wide intercom paging, allowing classes to hear school announcements over IP-phone speakers and external loudspeakers
  • Deliver district wide emergency messages to parents and classrooms within minutes of a situation
  • Phone calls and e-mails can be automatically sent to parents, teachers, and staff, notifying them of student absences, schedule changes, school holidays

In today’s learning environments, the ability to communicate the right information to the right people at the right time is essential. Collaboration technologies are the way to get there.

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