Telepresence Technology Connects Students in Kenya and UAE

As part of its efforts to inspire youth to consider careers in technology, Cisco brought together students from Jebel Ali School in Dubai with their counterparts from Makini School in Nairobi, Kenya through Cisco Telepresence.

Aligned with Cisco’s vision of ‘changing the way we work, live, play, and learn’, the digital experience provided more than 140 students an opportunity to engage live across continents, to share insights into their daily lives – while gaining first-hand access to the latest technology.

Students engaged in an interactive learning session that explored the accelerated pace at which technology and the Internet of Things (IoT) is changing our lives and the world. They were, according to Cisco, astonished to see and hear some of the unexpected things technology is connecting and enabling and the potential implications on the way we carry out daily tasks. Students then weighed in with their ideas on what they wished to see connected and how this would enrich their lives. A lively discussion ensued on the kind of innovations students would like to see implemented and why they selected specific ideas.

The aim of the Telepresence classroom is to inspire eager young minds and illustrate the power of technology and connectivity. The impact can be seen in the energy of the students, the quality of discussions that took place, and the different kind of information that they have retained from students their age; about how life and communities truly are, thousands of miles away.

Cisco is reckoned to have been supportive in developing creative approaches to learning, particularly when it comes to getting students interested in technology. According to Cisco, the activity was launched in order to familiarize students and youth with the power and appeal of technology and to spur interest in them at a young age to consider careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) and ICT.


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