Cisco Systems has highlighted three US schools that it believes serve as models of 21st century learning. In each of these schools Cisco has installed a converged IP network, covering all buildings and granting staff and students access to learning information and critical systems wherever they are in the school.
One of the schools, St Lucie, is piloting the use of PDAs, which students use to receive homework assignments and browse the internet. The school says that the PDAs are proving beneficial in increasing student-teacher interaction as they offer a more direct method of providing specialized instruction. Teachers are also providing educational content and resources to the students’ PDAs, enabling students to access the information for remedial or specialized instructional needs.
We have found that the students are more engaged and seem to be more involved with the learning process, said Mary Krause, executive director of teaching and learning for St Lucie school.
The One-to-One Initiative provides students with access to their curriculum and class work on a 24-hour basis. We want our students to be able to approach learning seamlessly, with no barriers to access the internet, word processing and other applications.