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We hope that the summer had a lot of relaxing time to recharge your batteries for all of you and the start into a new semester and school year takes off with a momentum:
Our NetSpace team heard all of your input and feedback, thought about it and created CCNA 5.1 “the best CCNA ever” … statement from the German community.
What is the change?
Parts of the very demanding content was moved to the appendix, repetitions were deleted, explanatory video material was added and the supporting instructor materials were updated and improved.
LINKS to drill down into the details
The News and Events post includes the availability of the CCNA R&S ITN 5.1 Overview and the CCNA R&S 5.03 and CCNA R&S 5.1 Announcement – A recording outlining the curriculum enhancements
One more place to check Instructor Resource Spotlight
Here is an explanation from Eugene Morozov [22 min] Technical Manager on the NetAcad Team.
<<<< yes, this recording includes the invitation and details to the IPD week from 28th of September to 1st of October 2015 where the new features of CCNA 5.1. will be one of the topics.
What is the IPD week? IPD stands for Instructor Professional Development and you can self-enrol to this course, letting you have access to lots of instructor resources, learn about how other instructors use the course materials and much more.
This recording covers the updates to CCNA R&S curriculum.
CCNA R&S 5.03 update is the migration of the courses content to a new improved learning environment.
CCNA R&S ITN 5.1 update – Introduction to Networks course content have been reorganized and improved to address many concerns shared by instructor community.
Overview of the tools that can be used for planning and delivering courses includes:
– Instructor Resource Spotlight
– IPGs (Instructor Planning Guides)
– Activity Maps
– Teaching Best Practices
– Global IPD Week
– New course environment and content
Let us know if there are any issues or questions and contact your AAM or Technical Manager.
Happy to get in contact with you through your comments here as well 🙂
Have a great rest of the summer and come back rejuvenated
Jutta Jerlich, Eugene Morozov
#benetacad #netacad @eskills4jobs
Showing my highest respect for the achievement of the Trade39 WorldSkills participants in different cultural conventions … I lift my hat …. I bow … when I see the results of the Trade39 WorldSkills participants in Sao Paulo from Europe.
Huge Congratulations!!! I have the highest respect for all of your achievements in this very challenging global competition:
David Csongradi, Hungary
Pekka Tuukkanen, Finland
MEDAILLION for EXCELLENCE
Ponnudurai Thushjandan, Switzerland
Alexandre Etienne, France
Stamm Simon, Germany
Miller Richard, UK
Jonathan Linder, Liechtenstein
Rui Chaves, Portugal
Tanel Peep, Estonia
Adrian Flodell, Sweden
Johannes Pinger, Austria
Diego Soto, Spain
The Austrian Team >>
Johannes Pinger, is a student at the Cisco Academy HTL Wien Rennweg. His teacher, mentor and expert is Christian Schoendorfer, ASC, ITC, Instructor Trainer. Thank you very much Christian for driving the IT Education in and for Austria.
The Estonian Team >>
Tanel Peep works as vocational teacher at Viljandi Vocational Education Centre and also administrates the school IT. Expert Toivo Pärnpuu is IT Manager at Networking Academy Tallinn Polytechnic School
The Finish Team >>
Pekka Tuukkanen [about him in Finish] and expert Markus Lintuala who was a competitor in London 2011 and EuroSkills 2010 in Lisboa. First international expert experience in EuroSkills Lille competitions 2014.
The French Team
Alexandre Etienne and expert Benjamin Callar who was competitor in Worldskills Calgary, then a team leader for Euroskills 2010, Euroskills 2012 and Worldskills 2013.
The German Team >>
Simon Stamm is working at Leibniz University IT Services and will start an integrated degree program at TUI InfoTec GmbH as IT business engineer in August this year. Expert Almut Leykauff-Bothe is one of the few female instructors and long-term Cisco Academy partner in the Multi-Media Berufsbildende Schulen (MMBbS) in Hannover Germany.
The Hungarian Team >>
David Csongradi and expert Zoltán Sisák who is also Managing Director, Chairman of the Board for the HTTP Foundation, a very valuable and long term partner in the Cisco Networking Academy.
The Liechtenstein Team >>
The Portuguese Team >>
Rui Chaves is a student at Cisco Academy ENTA- Escola de Novas Tecnologias dos Açores. Expert Daniel Medeiros is Director of Operations for Globestar Systems and has his own consulting company. He is a dedicated Cisco Network Academy Instructor at ENTA and has been involved with Worldskills since 2009, was an expert in Calgary will be the Chief Expert for Euroskills competition that will happen in EuroSkills Gothenburg in Dec 2016.
The Swedish Team >>
Adrian Flodell is a Networking Academy Student from the Cisco Academy Katrineholms Tekniska College
Expert Andreas Strömgren competed at the WorldSkills 2007 in Shizuoka and already was the Swedish expert in Leipzig 2013. He and the Swedish competitor from Calgary 2009 run a small company together.
WorldSkills Chief Expert: Anders Lantz is also from Sweden
The Swiss Team >>
Stay tuned for
EuroSkills competition in Gothenburg in Dec 2016
From NetRiders participant to WorldSkills competitor to being an Expert in WorldSkills to starting your own company … one of the personal stories.
If you talk to someone who has been at one of the WorldSkills competitions, you will learn that their experience has effected their in a similar way. It affected mine.
Many of the competitors were Networking Academy Students or even NetRiders before, win the National Skills Competitions, represent their countries on a global level, become expert after that and continue to support the Skills competitions in the years after that. Here is one of many examples:
The Swedish Team
Adrian Flodell is a Networking Academy Student from Katrineholms Tekniska College
Andreas Strömgren competed at the WorldSkills 2007 in Shizuoka and already was the Swedish expert in Leipzig 2013.
NEW this Year
This year will be the largest competition ever, there are new technical description and a couple of new rules upon that. Many experienced experts will help the expert team to deal with all changes.
For the first time we are launching a pilot initiative to connect Cisco experts with competitors as they prepare for the competition in August.
Another new activity: a hackathon-style event where WorldSkills Champions and local technologists team up to solve real-world problems faced by Brazilian NGOs: 12-15 August, 2015 in São Paulo wsdc2015.worldskills.org
Cisco got really good learning materials for understanding Cisco’s devices and all the networking technology.
Tanel Pèep, Estonia
Stay tuned! More from and about WorldSkills competitors will follow ….
Click on the link redirecting you to the Facebook page of Graubünden (one of 26 Swiss cantons) and see the 2:35 min video :
Posted by Graubünden on Thursday, July 2, 2015
Think of what we can do with technology … if we want to.
Love the comment “Technology has soul … “
Most countries lack sufficient IT security professionals to protect their IT infrastructure. To help mitigate this problem, many of them setup national cyber security competitions for finding young cyber talents and for encouraging them to pursue a career in cyber security.
The European Cyber Security Challenge leverages these competitions with a pan European layer to them:
The top cyber talents from each country meet to network and collaborate and finally compete against each other
to determine which country has the best cyber talents.
To find out who’s countries team is the best, contestants have to solve security related tasks from domains such as web security, mobile security, crypto puzzles, reverse engineering and forensics and collect points for solving them.
The competition is organized jointly in collaboration with experienced organizations from EU Member States for students. The Organizing Committee of the 1st pan-European Cyber Security Challenge is composed of the following representatives:
- Cyber Security Challenge Germany Norbert Pohlmann
- Cyber Security Challenge Austria Joe Pichlmayr
- DefCamp Romania Andrei Avădănei
- INTECO Spain Raúl Riesco
- Cyber Security Challenge UK Okonweze Austen
- Swiss Cyber Storm Bernhard Tellenbach
- Demosthenes Ikonomou- ENISA and
- Rafael Tesoro-Carretero- EC DG CONNECT.
Who can participate?
Participants selected by their country’s organization responsible for running the ECSC qualification. In 2015, the following countries can assemble and send a team:
Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Romania, Spain and United Kingdom.
The selected participants should be the top participants from the national challenge and must meet the following criteria:
– They are between 14 and 30 years old
– They are a citizen of the county for which they participate or they live or study there
– They do not (yet) have a master degree or similar
– They do not have a higher education related to cyber security
(e.g., Certified Ethical Hacker, Bachelor in Forensics, …)
Team composition and categories
Teams consist of two (max. 3) coaches/staff members and a maximum of ten (10) contestants from two categories: Junior and Senior. The senior category might not contain more than five (5) members.
Junior: Between 14 and 20 years old
Senior: Between 20 and 30 years old
What are you waiting for?
Read all details about the European Challenge
Introduction to CyberSecurity Cisco Networking Academy
… without learning a programming language.
Some of you might remember … the ones who came to the Cisco Partner Summit in Barcelona from 22-23. October 2014. Yes, the IoE Workshop “Be Creative with IoE: building a smart thing” where we were building a smart alarm clock.
If you are a student, it is probably hard to imagine that teachers can also work in a team to create something together. They did and this was the team composition:
- Manager – ensures the projects are implemented and that everybody is working 🙂
- Designer – design and construct the box
- Programmer – programs the software inside the boards
- Engineer – connect the Raspberry Pi and the Arduino, peripherals of I/O, wires
Great work, super fun and we are looking forward to IoE classrooms in the Cisco Networking Academy World.
Now we have a challenge of for everyone:
Impress Santa and get your present – Enter the #Xmashack Contest
Thanks to the Technical Field Team of the Cisco Networking Academy Bogdan Doinea, Marc Khayat, Serges Nanfack Fomekong, Eugene Morozov and Giuseppe Cinque and the creators of the cool tool Wyliodrin – you can build cars or robots that can move around while your smart device is being programmed – Alexandru Radovici, Ioana Culic, Ovidiu Stoica who were supporting the teams.
Xmashack Contest Share with the hashtags #XmasHack #Wyliodrin
Dear ASC and ITC Partners,
A new course is available for you to teach: Linux Essentials
Developed by our partners NDG
You and your colleagues are invited to attend our Webinar on the benefits of teaching Linux Essentials, both for you and your students, presented by Rich Weeks from NDG. Even if you are already teaching with Linux content, this is an opportunity to see how you can make it more fun.
We have two time slots available before Christmas
Wednesday, December 17 from 16:00 to 17:00 REGISTER here
Thursday, December 18 from 12:00 to 13:00 REGISTER here
We will offer more dates in the new year, the dates will be posted as soon as we have them scheduled.
Why Should I Attend this Webinar?
- ICT disciplines are finding value in Linux expertise and it is a great complement to networking.
- Linux content can be challenging to teach and learn.
- Hearing from instructors and students who found great success in the small market trial of the course.
- … seeing a demo and being able to ask question and chat with others is always kickstarting ideas.
What Is Special About the New Linux Course?
- The course outline aligns with the LPI.ORG Linux Essentials Certificate.
- The NetSpace learning environment has lessons, quizzes and assessments for high school and college.
- Students use virtual machines, which reduces tech support required.
- Material is aligned chapter by chapter with national education standards (STEM et al).
- Your students will add marketable job skills to their resume.
Looking forward to meeting you
Ana Vujasin, Eugene Morozov, Bogdan Doinea, Jutta Jerlich, Karol Kniewald, Nargiz Omarbekova
“I wished that this kind of introduction to technology would have been there when I was that age.”
Congratulation to Kindercity – Sandrine and Jean Christophe Gostanian for their exceptional concept and implementation of the new Media Zone at Kindercity
What is the Kindercity?
Kindercity is the place to visit for playing with science. It is a perfect combination of fun and knowledge for children of all ages. Sandrine and Jean Christophe Gostanian have been able to run the Kindercity as a private organization, which is very admirable. They advocate for STEM skill education and focus on early childhood understanding of technology and natural sciences. Today the Kindercity stands on its 6’000 square meters with around 250,000 visitors per year.
What is the Media Zone?
The inauguration of the Kindercity Media Zone opened the world of learning about Networking and Communication. The Internet and its good and bad actor are introduced in a very simple way so that understanding is guaranteed. When you think about how to explain the Internet to a child who has been using the Internet and mobile phones with Internet Access for his or her entire life, it becomes clear that this is not such an easy task.
How did they do this?
They had help. Help from young apprentices from companies in the region supporting the Kindercity initiatives and activities. As such both sides were able to learn – they share their knowledge with children of all ages and learn how to explain technical topics like automation, robotics, energy and computing in an understandable way suited for their target group.
Kindercity is the newest member of the Cisco Networking Academy in Switzerland.
Welcome in our program!
Cisco Switzerland supported the Media Zone exhibition with Internet Highway equipment. If you are interested in working with Kindercity or experience it as an innovative event location, Sandrine and Jean Christophe are always looking for more partners.
@ Kindercity – Chlirietstrasse 12, CH-8604 Volketswil
I hope that all of the NetRiders have such smiling faces as my Austrian NetRiders from HTL Rennweg in Vienna.
We hope you are proud of your success as you all did well under pressure showing your CCNA skills. Congratulations on a job well done representing your country! You are all winners and have joined the global community of NetRiders!
Thank you for your investment of time and your engagement going beyond.
Here are the results
For those of you who want to see more impressions from the competition day on 16 October 2014 we posted photos in an album on our Cisco Networking Academy Facebook page.
See you next year !
#skillsbern2014 #ictskillsch #NetAcad
What is the essence of competitions and how does it help learners?
Thanks to our guest author Bob Schoenherr
Competitions enable students to use their critical thinking skills to a much high level than in a normal classroom environment. A competition is a way to introduce students to real stress that they may face in their future careers. How we harness that stress and use it to our advantage is a true critical thinker.
Competitions help to narrow the scope of the critical thinking. What I mean is that when someone is learning critical thinking skills they need to eliminate distractions that will keep them from putting all their ideas together.
NetRiders is an excellent example of eliminating distractions because the competition is based on a known theme, CCNA networking. This allows the student to prepare for the competition with a known range of skills and ideas. Once you confident in these ideas you are ready to test them in a way that is more challenging than just an exam or lab assignment.
In a competition you are comparing your ability to use what concepts have been learned during a discovery based evaluation of your skills that includes critical thinking. When you know the answer immediately it motivates you to continue in the competition and builds your confidence. When you struggle with an answer is when you really learn more about your ability to piece items together, this starts the critical thinking cycle.
Those that perform best in a competition don’t know all the answers but can use their thinking process to get the best answer for what they know and are confident that the answer will be correct.
Visit us at the Swiss Skills 2014 in Bern!