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Most important resource of the future: Enthusiasm and Skills

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The futere of our nations is depending on our young talents.

The Swiss Skills 2014 in Bern showed that the most important resource of the future is found in Switzerland. With the support of numerous companies, professional federations, experts and the families of the participants. A indescribable feeling to have been there.  Gratulation!

The Winners

Check out the winners in Trade 39, videos from the competion and fotos from the SwissSkills Bern 2014

Cisco and the Cisco Networking Academy live at the Swiss Skills

A few highlights from the last four intensive days in Bern

„How does the Internet work“
Marco Fahrni, Dominik Hetzer
The Internet explained for people of all ages by Cisco Systems Engineers

“It was explained in such a way that even the youngest of our visitors could understand.”


Demo Projekt Jukebox: How can a Jukebox be implemented with technology of today?
Patrick Winter, Fabian Terranova, Tiago Pinheiro Vocational students from the BBB Baden

“We presented our project to different people, sometimes very simple and sometimes more detailed so that the respective audience could understand based on the knowledge they had. This lead to the fact that we did not have a fixed presentation showing the way from A to B but we adapted to our audience on the fly.”


Career talk with the  Swiss Skills Winners 2012, World Skills Trade 39 Participant Switzerland & Expert in Leipzig 2013
Talking to Lukas Hubschmid, Danny Meier, Pascal Knecht

“Interview at the Berufswahlradio – made by young people for young people: You two went to the World Championship of professions. How was it and what was the name of your profession again? Can you explain what Networking Technology means?”


Expert Talk: Cyber Security
Michi Hostettler, Valentin Zahnd, Bernhard Tellenbach, Fabian Terranova, Tiago Pinheiro
Swiss Cyber Security Challenge
What does Social Engineering or Reverse Engineering mean and what does it have to do with Security? We understood that it is necessary to understand how hackers think to be able to build the best defense against threats into our solutions.

“I learned the most in the security discussion round with the president of the Swiss Cyberstorm Organization, two Security Challenge Finalists and the Cisco-Team. The discussion topics were very interesting and lead me to further reflection. “

Expert Talk: Cooles IT Handicrafts. What is the IoE? What is a Raspberry Pi?
Peter Broger, Networking Academy Instructor aus Bregenz, Landesschulrat Vorarlberg, Fabian Terranova, Tiago Pinheiro

“The Raspberry Pi is a vool box. You can build your own systems with it. There is a large community out there where people exchange examples with manuals on how to build them. Using this in the classroom is ideal. “

If you ever have the possibility to visit a Skills Competition anywhere on this globe, please do so. You will meet the most engaged and committed people with enthusiasm and skills – whatever they might do – who can inspire you with all their positive energy.

A huge THANK YOU to all who made our presence there possible:

Cisco Projekt Team: Matthias Wick, Jutta Jerlich, Eveline Trinkler, Marco Fahrni, Dominik Hetzer
Cisco Stand Team: Nadine Amrein, Christine Leuthold, Noemi Thum, Martin Broneske, Sung-Ah Jung, Florian Deragisch, Andres Moser, Stephanie Schläpfer
Cisco Schweiz: CEO Chris Martin
BBB Baden: Hanspeter Vogt, Pascal Knecht, Patrick Winter, Fabian Terranova, Tiago Pinheiro
Swiss Cyber Storm: Michi Hostettler, Valentin Zahnd, Bernhard Tellenbach

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A Century-old question: Measuring Learning

The controversy about assessments

Towards the Future
Towards the Future

Lately there are lots of discussions on different levels of society about the lack of skills in IT and other industries requiring a STEM education. Taking part in this discussion will definitely lead you to think about abilities, competences and skills as a result of learning.

Depending your role or standpoint as a

  • parent or student,
  • teacher,
  • administrator for an educational institution,
  • policy maker

you will have different goals and requirements that need to be fulfilled. After a short thinking break, it will become quite clear that measuring learning is a rather complex area.

Everyone of us knows that tests and quizzes are used to measure student learning, in the form of written examinations and increasingly project work. We all experienced this at some point in our lives, as a student and/or teacher. Ultimately assessment leads to a diploma, a degree, a certification or accreditation. All of them open doors for the holder, doors into a community, field of expertise or ecosystem.

Another way of looking at assessments

During my lectures I witness students feeling that their knowledge disappears as soon as it was acquired. To make knowledge visible for the learner, assessments can create the necessary self-awareness. As the first line in a list of “Tips for new teaching staff” from an Australian University reads

—- Assessment should help students to learn —-

a “check your own knowledge” feature in a course rather than a skill assessment would serve the purpose.

daniel_300This is the approach taken by the Daniel Jossen
Cisco Networking Academy Instructor at several academies in Switzerland

“I use assessments and chapter exams in my CCNA courses in the following way: They are an obligatory part of the course and have to be done by students on their own time after class. I do not evaluate them as part of their grade. They can do the assessments as many times as they want. 

I think that the use of the tests as a self assessment tool gives them the control of their learning process which builds their confidence and motivation.

It also allows them to get familiar with the exam format and type of questions used in such kind of standardized  assessments towards a industry certification. It is an additional motivation for the students, if they can pass the final course exam with the  required 75% to receive the student voucher for a Cisco Certification at less cost.”

At this moment in time it seems that we can not yet do without standardized and multiple choice tests. But the rules of education are changing tremendously with all the new forms of learning appearing on the markets, as for examples MOOCs, skills sharing platforms and tandem learning partnerships that replace the teacher function with peer support.

What is your approach?
How do you use the assessments in the Networking Academy courses?

Looking forward to discussing with you …



A school that does not require the person to have a degree or any other kind of school certificate is Ecole 42. The founder Nicolas Sadirac says “that a school should not deliver a diploma but a profession”. [in French]

Education Scotland has a great collection about principles of assessment and the role of Role of ICT in learning

Getting deeper into the question What does Research say about Assessment?

Stanford University Professor Linda Darling-Hammond discusses what the United States can learn from high-achieving countries on teaching, learning, and assessment — from Finland to Singapore.

Competitions are key

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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!

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Ready for you – thanks to our volunteers

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Thanks to our Networking Academy students and Partners we are able to offer you a diverse program for different age groups and knowledge levels at the Swiss Skills 2014 in Bern.


JukeboxTHURSDAY 18.9.2014

10:00 – 11:00
Workshop „How does the Internet work“
Marco Fahrni, Dominik Hetzer
The Internet explained by Cisco Systems Engineers

11:00 – 12:00
14:00 – 15:00
Demo Project Jukebox: How can a Jukebox be implemented with todays technology?
Patrick Winter, Fabian Terranova, Tiago Pinheiro
Vocational students from the Networking Academy at the BBB Baden


Green RoomFRIDAY 19.9.2014

10:00 – 11:00
Workshop „How does the Internet work“
Marco Fahrni, Dominik Hetzer

11:00 – 12:00
15:30 – 16:30
Career Talk with the Swiss Skills Winners 2012, Swiss Participant  & Experte World Skills 2013 in Leipzig
Jutta Jerlich talking to Lukas Hubschmid, Danny Meier, Pascal Knecht

14:00 – 15:00
Demo Project Jukebox: How can a Jukebox be implemented with todays technology?
Patrick Winter, Fabian Terranova, Tiago Pinheiro
Vocational students from the Networking Academy at the BBB Baden

D747_384_klSATURDAY 20.9.2014

Competition Trade 39 Network Technology

10:00 – 11:00
Workshop „How does the Internet work“
Marco Fahrni, Dominik Hetzer

11:00 – 12:00
Expert Talk: Cooles IT Basteln. Was ist das IoE?
Jutta Jerlich talking to Peter Broger
Networking Academy Instructor from Bregenz, Austria

14:00 – 15:00
Demo Project Jukebox: How can a Jukebox be implemented with todays technology?
Fabian Terranova, Tiago Pinheiro
We are supporting Patrick Winter competing in the Trade 39 competition!

15:30 – 16:30
Discussion Roundtable Cyber Security
Michi Hostettler, Tobias Künzi, Valentin Zahnd
inners of the Swiss Cyber Security Challenge


Danke von CiscoSUNDAY 21.9.2014

10:00 – 11:00
Workshop „How does the Internet work“
Marco Fahrni, Dominik Hetzer

11:00 – 12:00
Career Talk with Swiss Skills Winner 2012
Jutta Jerlich talking to Pascal Knecht

14:00 – 15:00
Demo Project Jukebox: How can a Jukebox be implemented with todays technology?
Patrick Winter, Fabian Terranova, Tiago Pinheiro

15:30 – 16:30
Discussion Roundtable Cyber Security
Tobias Künzi, Valentin Zahnd, Bernhard Tellenbach
Winners of the Swiss Cyber Security Challenge, President of Swiss Cyber Storm

Visit us at the Swiss Skills in Bern

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Networking Academy Program at Technical University of Kosice

Networking Academy Curricula Integration at Technical University of Kosice

University students interested in IT have a unique opportunity to put their time and power into a great blended learning networking academy program, powered by world’s technology leader in the field of computer networks. Department of the Computers and Informatics is proud to be part of this program. The Networking Academy curriculum offers a huge source of media rich information and through hands-on lab activities creates scenarios to learn everything you need to know to succeed as a networking professional.

TU Kosice 2About Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Informatics

The FEEI has been one of the leaders in Slovak technical higher education consists of 9 departments, one specialized laboratory, a computing centre and Centre for Information Technologies. The Faculty is committed to provide its students with the best possible experience of education for their future career and leadership in their profession, for admission to advanced degree programs, and for lifelong learning. The faculty offers a wide variety of full-time and part-time courses, which are relevant to industry’s needs. Graduates leave our departments well equipped to meet the needs of industry and development/research institutions and get their jobs with ease. Present number of faculty staff members (2010) is 240 employees, among them: 21 professors, 47 associate professors, 95 assistant professors and 21 researches. The number of MSc. students is approximately 1500 and number of BSc. students is approximately 1000 every year.

Procedure of implementing Networking Academy at FEEI

In August 1999, FEEI signed the agreement with Cisco Systems and our academy has become first Regional Academy in Slovak and Czech Republic. First years of program demonstrated this program as very effective and perspective way how to teach new network professionals, but also showed the importance of highly qualified instructors and equipment. For this reason, the curricula’s of Networking Academy Program have become an integral part of study program “Informatics” at Department of Computers and Informatics (DCI). Great results were achieved by cooperation with Computer Networks Laboratory at DCI where researchers and instructors together are participating in development in the field of computer networks.
More information about this close cooperation is available at the CNL website.

Our Successes – The awards we have received in recent years:
Paris 2000, Copenhagen 2002 – Regional academy of the year in EMEA
Regional Academy of the year in Slovakia, 2002, 2004, 2007:
Project of the year Valencia, 2005

“We can state that the demand for new forms of education based on ICT is highly required in Slovakia. It is evident that the Networking Academy program is progressive educational initiative, which offers modern technologies to the Slovak educational system. The Technical University of Kosice highly appreciates their involvement into the Networking Academy program. The Networking Academy based education model is generally considered as a suitable model for blended learning education. In Slovakia it contributes to transformation of classical educational forms into a modern school of the third millennium. The Technical University of Kosice based on successful implementation of Networking Academy program is going to be representative sites for the introduction of blended-learning technologies based on multimedia elements applied not only for the academic sectors but also for the private one, too”.
Prof. Anton Cizmar, Vice Rector TU

Find your calling – speak to the Best

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Unclear career path? Interested in several areas? You want to check out different professions? Not yet thought about it …

Berufswahl unklarThe right profession is more than just a job.

Visit us at the SwissSkills 2014

Cisco Switzerland and the Cisco Networking Academy Switzerland and Partner will show that IT as a profession is definitely a cool pathway, allows you to join the  architects of the future – it will not only be rewarding but also fun.

How to best inform yourself?

– speak to many people who took this decision already and ask how they feel,
– speak to people working in the profession,
– meet the young people who became the best in their profession and  known to a (not only young) audience worldwide.

We are looking forward to meet and speak to

  • Pascal Knecht, Winner of Swiss Skills 2013
  • Lukas Hubschmid, Winner of Swiss Skills 2013 and Swiss Trade 39 Representant at the WorldSkills in Leipzig 2013
  • Danny Meier, Technical Expert for Lukas Hubschmid at the WorldSkills in Leipzig 2013
  • Tobias Künzi, Michi Hostettler and Valentin Zahnd, Winners of the Swiss Cyber Security Challenge 2013
  • Bernhard Tellenbach, Adrian Bachmann, Ivan Bütler from Swiss Cyber Storm

In career talks, discussions and workshops you have the opportunity to

  • take a look behind the scenes of IT
  • actively take part in discussions about Technologies of the Future
  • meet people from the Management Team of Cisco Switzerland

Patrick Winter, Fabian Terranova and Tiago Pinheiro from BBB Baden present their final project where they answered this question: How can the old concept of a Jukebox be implemented with new technology?
I am really looking forward to speaking to them.

You know young people who are still looking for their callings? Please forward our invitation to them!

You know one of the young people participating in the competitions? Come and support them in person, this is pure motivation for them: Get your Fan Ticket

We are looking forward to meeting each and everyone of you at the Swiss Skills 2014 in Bern.


Swiss Cyber Storm

The Swiss Master in Networking Technology is coming from the BBB Baden

The winners from the Swiss Skills 2014 represent Switzerland at the WorldSkills 2015 in Brasil.

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Germany: National IT Skills Competition

DM-IT_FieteBoernerThe aim of the WorldSkills Germany IT Network Technology Competition is to identify and reward the best IT network professionals in the PC industry. However, WorldSkills Germany also provides valuable support to vocational training, and bridges the gap between business, politics and the public.

Countrywide, Cisco academies organize regional preliminaries and the 16 people who qualified went on to participate in the Federal competition. The competition included 4 disciplines:

  • Linux operating System
  • Microsoft Server administration
  • Networking Skills
  • Presentation and Communication.

A number of stakeholders joined forces to support the competition: Cisco, the Ministry of Education, the Linux Professional Institute, Computacenter, the chamber of Commerce in Neubrandenburg and the public vocational training center in the city. The jury members were a group of vocational training teachers and vocational trainers from private companies.

The overall winner was Simon Stamm from Hannover. Simon will join the German EuroSkills team to compete for medals at the EuroSkills competition in Lille, France on the 2 – 4 October 2014. He will also  represent the country at the WorldSkills competition in Sao Paulo in August 2015.

For further information please visit the following link (German only) or contact Carsten Johnson.

Penguins and Networking Technology

pinguinsIf I speak about penguins in our context, most of you will automatically think about the small penguin that is in the Linux Logo.  As networking expert and Networking Academy participant you will be happy to know that the NDG Linux Essentials are now available for you on NetSpace.

But today I am speaking about the real penguins that live in Antarctica. I love penguins, the real ones. They fascinate me. Their social competences impress me.

When it is cold – down to minus 45 degrees Celsius – thousands of them stand really close together and form one body. The penguins on the outer border are being replaced by penguins coming from the middle. They take turns and collaborate in the true sense of the word to protect each other from the cold so that the group can survive. Beautiful!

This one behavior alone transferred into the human world, into an ecosystem, a community or a company would give us a different perspective that would change our ways of doing things in a way which we can actually not yet imagine.

Yes, but what does all this have to do with Networking Technology?

Dirk Zimmermann works at the University of Wismar, Faculty for Engineering Science – Department for Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He is a Cisco Networking Academy Instructor and one of the most experienced Instructor Trainer in Germany. He took a one year sabbatical to spend the winter at the Neumayer Station in Antarctica.

Yes, I am serious. He is the Networking Administrator in Antarctica. He is an immediate neighbor of the penguins.
Cool ! In the real sense of the word.

Dirk is sending a message to the Networking Academy Community, especially to all who are in the process of preparing for NetRiders.



Because of this really cool place to work I was able to tell you something about penguins today. If someone has not yet seen the movie  – March of the Penguins – I would warmly recommend it to you.


NetRiders 2014

NDG Linux Essentials

International NetRiders coming soon

The International NetRiders competition is coming soon. Get  ready for Thursday, 16 October 2014


Following participants have qualified for the international round of the competition and will take part in Europe:


Johannes Pinger, Florian Koehler, Alexander Krump – HTL Wien 3 Rennweg

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Damir Imamovic, Dino Begic, Aid Feukić – Faculty of Electrical Engineering Tuzla

Filip Lerinc, Vladimir Kosanovic – Algebra
Vinko Vorih – Technical school Rudjer Boskovic Zagreb


Vasily Babenko, Vladislav Sharapov, Olga Skobeleva – Mikkeli University of Applied Sciences
Ismael Castiñeira Álvarez – Turku University of Applied Sciences


Marc Schugardt – OSZ Informations- und Medizintechnik
Sascha Volter – Andreas-Gordon-Schule
Adrian Janczyk – Multi-Media Berufsbildende Schulen Hannover
Jenny Meuer – ATIW gGmbH Berufskolleg


Mathias By, Magnus Wahrnberg, Gus Johansson – University West


Manuel Fluri, Gerhard Stöckli – FH Nordwestschweiz
Johan Tournier, Delia Sciretta – HEG-Geneve


This year the participants come from more than 50 countries and will compete from 8 time zones.

We recommend to use the current version of the CCNA R&S course materials as well as Packet Tracer 6.1. Bring your laptop and make sure that you have the current Packet Tracer Version 6.1. installed.

We wish all competitors a good preparation time full of motivation – watch the video message from Dirk  – do not forget to turn on the English subtitles.


Good Luck!

The Cisco Networking Academy Team

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