As a global market leader, Cisco has seen the need for skilled 21st-century workers firsthand. In a report titled "Equipping Every Learner for the 21st Century," the company explains why a shift toward its vision of Education 3.0 is necessary.

Learners are changing

"How can traditional modes of classroom instruction engage and inspire students, when life outside the classroom has changed so dramatically?" the report asks. It notes that in 2007, United States teenagers spent 40 percent of their media time on cell phones, the internet, and computer games--up from 16 percent in 1998.

"For many learners, class is the only time in...

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