Founded in 1984 by two Stanford University computer scientists looking for a way to communicate across the campus, Cisco now enables 80% of the world’s Internet. That breadth and visibility provides us with a level of understanding like no other, of how technology is evolving.
In the next 20 years, 90% of all jobs will be digital. Whether your vocation is in fashion design, farming or as an engineer, everyone in the UK will need to know the basics.
20 years ago, we recognised that we had a responsibility to use that knowledge to help people use technology – primarily in the network – and to help a whole generation of individuals find employment in a growing sector. So, we founded the Cisco Networking Academy (https://www.netacad.com) to help provide relevant, up-to-date and practical curriculum to schools, so that teachers could educate students how to design and build networks.
Since launch, we’ve helped over 240,000 people in 330 UK academies to develop their digital skills, and now we are committing to help another 250,000 by 2020. We know that we will have the most impact if we work with professionals in education to help deliver digital skills as a part what is being taught – today – not in 20 years’ time. With the inclusion of Computer Science in England’s national curriculum, there has never been a better time for us to look at how we are equipping our schools, and teachers themselves, with the tools to deliver. One of the ways that we are doing so is through our Computing for Schools initiative.
Cisco’s Computing for Schools programme provides free tools and assets to enable teachers to teach. Based on the Communication & Networking strand taken from the Computing at School (CAS) Progression Pathways, the course is mapped to key stages, covering all curriculum-defined learning outcomes, and includes presentations, activities (including bespoke Packet Tracer labs), quizzes and links to other websites, all of these created and refined in partnership with a team of teachers and university academics. In particular, Packet Tracer, a network-simulation tool, is ideal to teach many of the key learning objectives as specified in several schemes of work and many qualifications.
These teacher resources, developed in conjunction with Birmingham City University and The Open University, are publicly and freely available for all UK schools, and are complemented by additional teaching resources for teachers at schools that decide to become a Cisco Academy. The resources are also accessible by parents and students to help support learning, through OpenLearn Create.
From the initial
pilot of ten schools, the program has now grown to over 40 and there is no
limit to the number that can join, so if you are interested, please do get in
Why, and how to, become a Cisco Networking Academy:
The programme puts you in the driving seat:
· Access to create and use the Computing for Schools Course;
· Installation of Packet Tracer across your School’s network;
· Access to additional courses such as Cybersecurity, Linux, Python, C and C++ for yourself or your students;
· Modification of existing material and structure to suit your own delivery.
Join the community of Cisco Academies, teaching technology to our children; visit http://cs.co/Computing4SchoolsProgramme to learn more and apply.
If you just want to have a look at Packet Tracer, enrol on a course for free: http://cs.co/CASIntro2PT