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PT Challenge going live

Packet Tracer

Foto: Max Offensberger

What is PT?

These abbreviations …  really hard for people who are not in this Techie World yet. It is just like a independent language, people you are new to this world just do not understand.

A shame because we actually need them in this world IT Skill Gap, and it will be hard to inspire people to open this door.

The Packet Tracer is such a door !

It is very easy to enter the world of Networking Technology – using the Packet Tracer 7.0 –  and see your learning progress fast.

This format is for educators and learners.

Check it out.

Inspirational regards

Jutta

 

Here is your invitation

Hello team,
One of the goals of our Learning R&D team is to do rapid experimentation, including research, in time bound projects. This is why we are launching the Packet Tracer Challenge on Facebook.

We have recognized the natural tendency and popularity of PT users posting their solutions in social media spaces and we’d like to support them and give this engagement visible to infect others to use PT 7.0 for their learning.

The challenge will run December 1-15 in English only and will be solely managed within Facebook.

I encourage you to join the page and review the solutions from students once they begin posting, and Like or Comment on any of the entries.

Special appreciation goes to Bob Schoenherr for his creative support and the entire team for inspiring experts to be our judges.

We look forward to researching the results of this experiment and how this drives motivation.

Thanks,
Gary

 

LINKS

@bschoenh

Packet Tracer Challenge on Facebook

Prototyping in wonderful sunshine

Day 2 #Netacad Instructor prototyping at the #openBerlin Innovation Center

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At the instructor hackathon in Berlin, we have the most wonderful weather you can imagine. Still we have 3 project groups whereas each team consists of 5-6 people.

Today is the prototyping day and here are the problems and the proposed solutions selected during the initial phases the teams will design intelligent IoT solutions for.

Very curious about how the prototyps will look like …

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Problem: The green phase of a traffic light is not long enough for older people or for people with limited mobility.

Solution: A Sensor / App-Solution can influence the control in such a way that everyone has the required time to cross the street.

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Problem: Lots of food is thrown out because too much was bought and they seem to be spoilt or are spoilt.

Solution: A sharing platform, where user can offer food available for pickup in the neighbourhood. With a link to a food blog or „Thermomix“ recipes with ideas on how to cook the food.

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Problem: People searching for parking spaces create a considerable part of inner city traffic.

Solution: a sensor / app soluton showing free parking spaces. People can reserve their parking spot before they get there for a fee.

Thanks to everyone investing their time, contributing their products and knowledge in this educator hackathon.

To be continued tomorrow … pitching day.

The Hackathon Team

Carsten, Jutta and Tobias

#hackathon
#netacad
#EDUhackathon

#openberlin #DigitalTransformation #digitalskills
@Cisco_Germany @CiscoNetAcad

Reduced to the Max

Day 1 #Netacad Instructor Hackathon at the#openBerlin IoT center

IMG-20160506-WA0015The key qualifications for starting your career are not so easily defined any more as it used to be.
Sounds like a platitude. If you take the time to think, how our life today looks like compared to 20 years ago … it becomes quite clear that our society faces a huge unprecedented challenge.

Our reality changes to fast, affecting all generations. It has become almost impossible to stay on top of the information tsunami.

It is the task of our education systems, to prepare the future generations to enter their work life, for a future that we do not fully know yet.

How do you do this?

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A Hackathon … a teaching and learning format that opens the door for understanding digital value creation processes, showcases the technology behind it and inspires everyone to be part of the solution.

Organizing and running a hackathon is quite complex and extensive. The best way to  learn how is always to experience it yourself.

Today the FIRST #hackathon for teachers / professors / instructors/ #educators started in Berlin.

This very condensed day took us through 3 (of the 5) hackathon phases:

Inspiration phase – Ideation phase – Consolidation Phase

It is not so easy to decide and choose which idea to work on or problem to solve.
We argued, discussed, asked experts, looked at our ideas from all different angles and viewpoints … do we have a project now?

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The NetAcad Hackathon Team

Carsten, Jutta, Nico and Tobias

#hackathon
#netacad
#EDUhackathon

#openberlin #DigitalTransformation
@Cisco_Germany @CiscoNetAcad

Seriously, why do we need a Digital Agenda?

IoE and IoT are acronyms that are familiar to me – when I use them with friends and family, they have a big question mark on their face (I learned how to read question marks on faces during my time teaching at universities in Japan.).

The Internet of Things (IoT) is the network of physical objects or “things” embedded with electronics, software, sensors, and network connectivity, which enables these objects to collect and exchange data.

The fact is that there are lots of those networks of connected physical objects already out there
– list of countries by IoT devices online per 100 inhabitants

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… and they estimate that more than 30 billion devices will be wirelessly connected to the Internet of Things by 2020!

That is why we need a digital agenda – we need to make sure that this growing number of networks are reliable and secure.

Are you involved in the study, management, development and implementation of systems and concepts to combat information warfare?

Are you working on improving information systems security?arminSimma

Armin Simma from the Networking Academy at FH Vorarlberg is heading the Mini Track on Industry 4.0 and Internet of Things: Security and Privacy with his co-chair Nasser Abouzakhar from the University of Hertfordshire.

Join them, share your knowledge and experience:
CALL FOR PAPERS
15th European Conference on Information Warfare and Security ECCWS 2016
Munich, Germany, 7-8 July 2016

Armin Simma is a senior lecturer at the Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences, Austria. After graduating at the University of Linz, Austria he worked 2 years at CERN, Switzerland, working in projects for DASA (Daimler Chrysler Aerospace), ESA (European Space Agency) and other organizations worldwide (e.g. IT services for tax office Oslo/Norway). Since 2001 he is teaching and doing research in the areas of IT security, virtualization, cloud technology, operating systems and computer networks.

Keywords:
Government’s Digital Agenda, embedded systems, industrial malware analysis, security and privacy, industrial IoT and Industry 4.0.

LINKS

Call for Papers:Industry 4.0 and Internet of Things: Security and Privacy

Conference Website ECCWS 2016

OECD Digital Economy Outlook 2015

Internet of Things explained by Wikipedia

Cisco Packet Tracer Know How

Your NetAcad Membership is the Cisco Packet Tracer License

Packet Tracer
Packet Tracer Know How –
a one hour guided tour

Packet Tracer 101 is a 1 hour course showing you and your learners how to use Packet Tracer and turn it into your learning tool.

The course is designed for self learning and available in English only.

The course is your entry ticket to working with Packet Tracer and a must on your pathway into the IT world.

You want to check out the course?

The Link is found on NetSpace in the section of our Community Developed Courses.

Mobility Fundamentals Series

Many of you know Bogdan Doinea, now Cisco Systems Engineer for IoE, prior Technical Manager in the Networking Academy, who might have become a dear friend for you as well as for me, is the expert and guide through this topic. He walks the learner through the evolution of wireless communications and explains the standards and technologies enabling the mobile phenomenon that impacts the societies today.

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Module 1: Wireless Technologies and Standards

Estimated Time: 1.5 hour
Prerequisites: ITE, CCENT, or equivalent knowledge
Languages: English
Instructor-Led Option: No

The Mobility Fundamentals Series provides an introduction to mobility technologies & applications including: wireless technology concepts, wireless LAN design, mobility applications, and configuration & troubleshooting. A foundational knowledge of mobility and wireless technologies are essential components in the age of Internet of Everything.

Currently Module 1 is available, more to come. Each module is followed by a quiz to check your understanding.

After completing this course, students will:

  • Understand Wireless Technologies
  • Understand Wireless Local Area Network (LAN) Standards

Enroll Now for Module 1  [accessible to everyone with Networking Academy Accounts]

You are an instructor …
and want to know how to make best use of the course?

For learners in CCNA1 and IT Essentials this self- enrol 1,5 hour course is a great short self study assignment, especially when starting into a new school year or semester or when on-boarding new learners.  It is best coupled with the Packet Tracer Know How 101 course.

The Link is found on NetSpace in the section of our Community Developed Courses.

Happy Mobility to everyone!

Summer News – CCNA 5.1 is here

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:

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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

profile-image-display.jspaHere 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

 

I take my students to visit other Networking Academies in the world

IMG-20150528-WA0003Bo Lindborg is a leader in IT Education, teacher and Cisco Networking Academy instructor for many years. I know him since a few months and am really happy that we have become colleagues and friends organizing the Nordics & Baltics NETACAD Conference together in May 2015

Bo is the one in the middle of the photo – getting to know more about him is showing me that he is a really amazing person:

Inpired by a thought-provoking conversations about emerging markets with Paul Mountford – a Cisco executive – at the 10-year Networking Academy anniversary in Istanbul, he started thinking about the idea to send his students to other countries to help build networks.

He started searching for contacts using the Academy Netspace arena and was supported by Aine Doris and Nuno Guarda to get help finding a contact there. It resulted in coming into contact with Ms. Maria Salud De Los Santos who is the legal head contact person at the University of Cebu (UC) in the Philippines. READ MORE

Meeting other academies is my main way in finding opportunities for collaboration. In this sense, there is no better path in sharing insightful experiences between academies.

Let it be known wide and clear that student should truly appreciate that the Cisco academy is global and worldwide. Let everyone know that Cisco Academy program makes things happen and it changes lives.

My future dream is to build bridges between Cisco academies all over the world. If anyone is interested to know more about my projects, please write to me.
[please find contact in the full article]

Thank you very much Bo, for all your initiatives. I am happy to support your ventures …

LINKS

READ MORE about the Swedish CISCO instructor goes to the Philippines
By Bo Lindborg, Blackeberg Upper Secondary School, 2008

Read about more bridges being built
Inspirational visit to Cisco Dublin for Students from Denmark
I have so much to tell you …

This was the Nordics & Baltics NETACAD CONFERENCE 2015

Thanks to everyone for coming to Stockholm. I really enjoyed meeting with all of you.

Thanks to our host Bosse and his team Helen and Hamada from Thorildsplans Gymnasium for all the energy they put into organizing and holding the conference.

Special applause goes to the 3 instructors who took part in the ITQ (results will be out in about a month only).

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28/05/2015

Future of Skills – Piotr Pluta, CSR Cisco Systems

Internet of Everything – Ulrika Van Helvoort Andersson, Cisco Systems Sweden

NetAcad in Nordics & Baltics – Karol Kniewald, CSR Cisco Systems

Expectations to Atea’s future employees – Bjorn Andersson Wallin, Cisco Gold Partner Atea

Best Practice Examples
> Students Motivation– Jelena Revzina
> Do not fear the darkness – Ashraf Hamadi, Student at Thorildsplans Gymnasium
Network Challenge – Joakim Wangborn, Malardalen University
Crossing borders – Katja Mölsa, Thorildsplans Gymnasium

Technical Update – Eugene Mozorov, NetAcad Technical Manager

29/05/2015

New NetAcad Courses Opening Doors – Jutta Jerlich, CSR Cisco Systems

Continuing after Networking Academy – Anders Oxelcrantz, Cisco Learning Partner Fastlane

Q&A – Jutta Jerlich, CSR Cisco Systems

 

Lets us know your feedback.

 

Looking forward to continuing the conversation with you …

Bosse Lindborg & Jutta Jerlich
Conference Organizers

LINKS

http://bolindborg.se/

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Smart Grid Essentials Course Available on NetSpace NOW!

Cisco and its partner BFE Oldenburg from Germany made a new course available on the learning platform of the Cisco Networking Academy:

The 80 hours learning material provides insights on smart grid technology and reflects the technical regulation in Germany.

The course is available in German language at the beginning. Every existing instructor on NetSpace has immediate access to the new course material. Instructor training is not mandatory.

Why do we need an intelligent grid system?
We are experiencing a transition in energy supply all over the globe. Renewable energy sources produce more and more of the electrical energy demand in many countries. When we use solar and wind energy, energy providers face a significant challenge: Fluctuating energy production with changing weather conditions.

Intelligence in the grid system can help to balance the ups and downs in energy production and consumption. What will be installed in many countries over the next decade is known as a smart grid.

Grid system
Smart Grid is an Internet of Everything implementation in the energy sector
The smart grid system is a huge IT implementation program. While traditional meters were read out once a year, modern digital meters provide data every 5 minutes, every day, 12 months a year. Data about the actual household consumption and information about the grid situation has to be exchanged over an IP based network.

Electrical installers lack the competence to install a smart grid system
Traditional vocational education for electrical installers does not include competences to connect intelligent devices with the internet. But this is the qualification that millions of electrical installers all over the world will need in the next year.

Cisco and its partner BFE Oldenburg from Germany developed a course material that will help to close the skills gap in electrical engineering. We are convinced that this will support individual employability and will help to roll our an intelligent grid infrastructure.

Smart Grid home installations

Smart Grid Essentials provides competences to install smart electrical devices
The 80 hours course explains the functionality and required devices of a smart grid home system. Students will learn how to connect smart meters with a home area network (HAN) and integrating smart meter gateways in a wide area network (WAN). Instructors can expect detailed installation procedures for smart meter installation and security aspects of a smart grid system based on German technical regulations.

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