How We are Moving Towards an Amazing Classroom Experience

Improving learning outcomes and the experience in the classroom is top of mind for educators. As professionals, we’re also constantly on the lookout for new approaches that will save of time, effort, money, headaches … This is what innovation is about!

CONNECT

To learn more about these innovations I invite you to Connect 2015, taking place May 5-8 in Niagara Falls. Check the delightful Connected Learning Experience at the Cisco booth, and don’t miss what Cisco partners like Compugen (Diamond sponsor of Connect 2015) and EXO U (more on them later) have in store.

Register today for Connect 2015, Canada’s Learning and Technology Conference.

Simplifying Digital Tools
Complexity has increased for educators. They have to locate, fetch and share a variety of digital (and analog) resources with their students. These might come from textbooks, learning object repositories, online encyclopedias, public video sites, peer educators or from one’s own creativity … Organizing these resources is a complex task (e.g. building a list of links on a LMS course shell, while keeping track of a master list for reuse in future courses), and not one that can be done quickly.

For students, the task is similarly tedious. In a best case scenario, students go to the LMS. After that they’re on their own. If they need help, their educator has to see their screen to assist them. As educators are using more and more sites (e.g. the school LMS, Edmodo, Google Classroom), it becomes increasingly confusing for students (and for educators themselves) to keep track of where information is located. To complicate things further, students may use all sorts of devices (tablets, laptops, etc.) to access these resources.

How do we bring all this together? How do we make these resources and technology simple, and fun to use? I will discuss this during my presentation on Connected Learning Experiences at Connect 2015, and hope to continue the conversation with you afterwards. Join me on Friday, May 8th at 11am to learn more.

EXO U
EXO U will be at Connect 2015 this May, and I’m happy to introduce this new Cisco solution partner who promises to change the game in the classroom. EXO U finally allows educators to have a little fun while blending digital and analog resources, leveraging mobile devices (any device) and sharing content with select students. I’m especially excited because EXO U is the first partner I had a chance to personally drive through the on-boarding process. Based in Montréal, Québec (and proudly Canadian), they are rapidly growing from Canada to the US, Europe and the Middle-East.

EXO U offers a delightful classroom experience by leveraging the many devices, applications and digital resources that students and teachers bring to the classroom. By simplifying collaboration and classroom management, they make learning a fun and productive experience. Attendees of Connect 2015 can check out EXO U in person at the Compugen booth during the show.

Join Us
During Connect 2015, visit us in booth #603 to experience a modern classroom experience. We’ll demonstrate flipped learning in the 21st century, how to on-board and manage thousands of devices with Meraki and how to share digital content in the classroom at the drop of your finger. Plus, we’ll be showing off some of our TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games pride as official technology provider of this summer’s Games.

So take the challenges, ask us how we are engaging students through our Cisco I CAN Learn and Cisco I CAN Develop programs and see if you can win a great prize while having fun teaching and learning!

I’ll see you at Connect 2015

About Marc Lijour

Marc Lijour is leading the Digitization of Education in Canada. With 20 years of experience in education and innovation, he taught Science, Technology, IT and Mathematics in Canada, Mexico, Portugal and France. He was instrumental in defining and implementing the provincial e-learning strategy and revising the Technological Education Curriculum, among other policies and programs at the Ontario Ministry of Education. Lijour held several roles in the private, public and non-profit sectors, leading technical and process innovation, and aiming to maximize value and student success. Marc Lijour holds an MBA in the Management of Technology and Innovation from Ryerson University, an IT Executive Leadership Certificate from Leaders Beyond (formerly CIO Summit), a BSc in Computer Science from Ryerson University, and a Licence de mathématiques from University of Paris. He is certified to teach in Ontario and in France. Marc Lijour acompagne les organisations scolaires et éducatives au long de leur transition vers le numérique. Pendant 20 ans, il a enseigné les sciences, les technologies, les TI et les mathématiques au Canada, au Mexique, au Portugal et en France. Il a joué un rôle clé dans l'élaboration et la mise en place des stratégies provinciales pour l’apprentissage en ligne et la révision des parcours de formation technologique, ainsi que d'autres politiques et programmes du ministère de l'Éducation de l'Ontario. M. Lijour a occupé différents postes dans les secteurs public, privé et non marchand, où il a dirigé la mise en œuvre d'innovations techniques et de processus et s'est efforcé de maximiser la valeur et la réussite des étudiants. Il est titulaire d'un MBA en gestion des technologies et de l'innovation de la Ryerson University, d'un certificat en direction des TI de Leaders Beyond (anciennement CIO Summit), d'un baccalauréat en informatique de la Ryerson University et d'une Licence de mathématiques de l'Université de Paris VI. Il est habilité à enseigner en Ontario et en France.
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