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Educators embrace Cisco Digital Media System for classrooms, campuses

SAN ANTONIO — Cisco has announced that K-12 school districts and higher-learning institutions are embracing video applications such as desktop video and digital signage to share information with students.

According to a news release, the Cisco Digital Media System is helping educational institutions extend their learning environments by delivering on-demand tutorials to student desktops, as well as through streaming live broadcasts into classrooms and dorm rooms. The signage is used to display class schedules, news, emergency messages and other relevant information.

The integration of visual networking experiences into a learning environment has helped many K-12 school districts create a more dynamic, engaging classroom for students. In the Mobile, Ala., County Public School System, the Cisco DMS Desktop Video solution is being used to complement daily lessons with educational videos. Teachers have immediate access to video playlists, offering lesson-plan flexibility. 

“Recent advancements in video are changing the way school administrators, faculty and students work together to create a stronger community,” said David Akridge, chief information officer of Mobile County Public Schools. “Our students are tech-savvy and are clamoring for new tools to help them better collaborate with each other. With the Cisco Digital Media System, we’ve created a new classroom environment that will prepare them for the 21st-century workplace.”

The Cisco Digital Media System is also being deployed across colleges and universities. Students, for example, can attend lectures on desktops from their dorm rooms.
Enterprise TV delivers on-demand videos, and broadcasts live TV channels over an IP network to digital signs throughout campus.
“The education sector has quickly realized the benefits of bringing digital media into the classroom and into a campus environment,” said Thomas Wyatt, senior director and general manager pf Cisco’s Digital Media Systems business unit.