4 What is Cisco Packet Tracer? Comprehensive networking technology teaching and learning software developed by Cisco Networking AcademyOffers a unique combination of realistic simulation and visualization experiences, complex assessment and activity authoring capabilities, and opportunities for multiuser collaboration and competition
5 Packet Tracer Simulation-Based Learning Innovative features help students and teachers collaborate, solve problems, and learn concepts in an engaging and dynamic social environmentSupports lectures, group and individual labs, homework, exams, games, collaborations and competitionsAllows instructors to easily teach and demonstrate complex technical concepts and networking systems designHelps students develop important 21st century skills
6 Benefits of Simulation-Based Learning Students who explore and experiment using Packet Tracer develop intellectual curiosity and critical thinking skills.Packet Tracer’s visually rich simulation environment facilitates comprehension of complex technology concepts.Students who troubleshoot networks using Packet Tracer develop problem solving skills.Students who design and build virtual networks using Packet Tracer improve their innovation and creativity skills.Students who explore concepts at their own pace in Packet Tracer’s safe, virtual environment gain confidence in their decision making skills and abilities.Using Packet Tracer for team collaboration and competition activities builds social, communication, and negotiation skills.
8 Simulation, Visualization, Collaboration Simulate IOS CommandsVisualize Network TrafficCollaborate on Multiuser ActivitiesInnovative features of Packet Tracer help students and teachers collaborate, solve problems, and learn concepts in an engaging and dynamic social environment. Some of the benefits of Packet Tracer are as follows:Provides a realistic simulation and visualization learning environment that supplements classroom equipmentEnables multiuser, real-time collaboration and competition for dynamic learning
9 Supports Homework, Pre-Lab Prep, and Assessment These screenshots represent typical examples of how an instructor might use Packet Tracer support classroom activities.Allows students and teachers to design, build, configure, and troubleshoot networks using virtual equipmentSupports a variety of teaching and learning tasks such as lectures, group and individual labs, homework, and competitions
10 Packet Tracer Activity Wizard Anyone can author, the PT Activity Wizard guides youThe process is basically write instructions, build a correct answer network, specify grading, specify an initial network, saveAbility to create your own learning activities, tasks, labs, games and complex assessmentsBuild scaffolded learning experiences, formative and summative assessments
11 Activity Wizard for Editing PT Activities This examples shows how you can use the Activity Wizard to also edit existing activities, in this example the instructions were localized for a Spanish-speaking class.Enables authoring and localization of structured learning activities such as labs, demonstrations, quizzes, exams, and gamesInstructors can localize, edit, or enhance existing activities using the Activity Wizard
12 Packet Tracer Multiuser Functionality PT is a network-capable (peer to peer) application, using the real network (TCP socket connections) to carry the Packet Tracer virtual packetsThe PT application running on one computer can communicate with the PT application running on 1 or more other computersThis connectivity between multiple instances of PT supports teamwork, classroom games, collaboration, competition, remote instructor-student interaction, and social networkingPacket Tracer traffic is isolated to prevent any access to external equipment keeping your school network secure.
13 Example Multiuser Scenarios 2 teams,1 instructor3 Packet Tracer instances interacting via Packet Tracer Messaging Protocol (PTMP)3 different classesReal TCP Socket ConnectionPC 2PC 1Real TCP Socket ConnectionReal TCP Socket Connection3 students from homePC 3
14 Multiuser Games for Social Learning These are examples of 2 multiuser games from the instructor’s view on his consoleInstructor console view of multiuser “Relay Race” gameInstructor console view of multiuser “King of the Hill” game
15 Packet Tracer Features Logical and Physical WorkspacesReal-Time and Simulation ModesUser friendly Command Line Interface (CLI)Global event list (packet sniffer)LAN, switching, TCP/IP, routing, and WAN protocolsActivity Wizard, Lab gradingMultiuser functionalityMultiple platform supportMultiple language supportIntegrated Help and Tutorials
16 Key E-Learning Component Learning theories stress early hands-on experiencesKey components of Networking Academy e-learning strategy includeIn-person, hands-on labs with real equipmentOnline curriculum and assessmentCisco Packet TracerInstructorCollaboration ToolsLearning cycles alternating both Packet Tracer activities and in-person, hands-on lab experiences with real equipment are a best practice for teaching CCNA-level networking to beginners
17 Supports Networking Academy Curricula Supports the majority of protocols and technologies taught in CCNA Routing and Switching, CCNA Discovery, CCNA Exploration, and CCNA Security, and can also be used to teach concepts from IT Essentials and CCNP coursesStudents Launch Packet Tracer Directly From CCNA Curricula to Access Activities That Reinforce the Curriculum
19 Packet Tracer 6.0.1 Highlights IOS 15 - Models new devices and IOS licensingIPv6 - IPv6 desktop config. IPv6 Tunnel over IPv4, CBACv6HSRP - Hot Standby Routing ProtocolGraded Circling Tool - Model the key classroom interaction of “circling” aspects of networksIsomorphs - Isomorphs with varying IP addresses, device names, & topology orientations
20 Packet Tracer 6.0.1 Features (1 of 3) New FeaturesDescriptionBenefitsIPv6 EnhancementsIPv6 desktop configurationIPv6 Tunnel over IPv4Context-Based Access Control (CBAC)Up-to-date practice, feedback, assessment, and gaming for ALL learners as the world moves to the IPv6 vision of an “internet of Things”Support Cisco ISR 1941, 2901, 2911 and IOS 15New Cisco devicesNew IOS licensing mechanismEnhance opportunities to practice on new Cisco products and new IOS licensing mechanismHSRP (Hot Standby Routing Protocol)High availability gateways and load balancingEnhance opportunities to practice with redundancyEnhanced modeling of hands-on lab environmentsPC firewall + terminal server + async octal cable + server with 2 NICs + ACL Sequence numberEnable increased comparison and contrast of the simulated Packet Tracer environment to the hands-on lab environmentsEnhance “learning by modeling”
21 Packet Tracer 6.0.1 Features (2 of 3) New FeaturesDescriptionBenefitsNext Generation Performance ExamsIsomorphs with varying IP addresses, device names and topology orientationsProblem injection & event feedbackVariable ManagerAddress exam security by creating tasks at the same level-of-difficulty with vary “surface” featuresEnables a wide variety of practice, feedback, intelligent tutoring, and game-like experiencesGraded Circling ToolAbility to annotate the topology and have them graded as the authors specifyModel the key classroom interaction of “circling” aspects of networks like collision and broadcast domains, IP subnets, VLANs, OSPF areas, etc.Save as Common CartridgePT file operations now support metadata (web page info, tags)Enable LTI/CC interoperability in future technology phases
22 Packet Tracer 6.0.1 Features (3 of 3) New FeaturesDescriptionBenefitsUnder the Hood Code ImprovementsIncreased use of Coverity Code AnalysisMore of model exposed via APIScript Module EnhancementsMore efficiently running code for usersImproved bug identificationMore powerful PT Ecosystem products that use the API and Script Module features
23 IPv6 EnhancementsPacket Tracer 6.0 is a major release that includes new and enhanced functionality.
25 Graded Circling ToolThe Encirclement Tool ( Add Shape Test) located in the Answer Network page allows you to specify certain devices and even down to the port level on those devices.Then the used is expected to use the Polygon tool and draw a circle around those objects and none of the objects excluded from the Shape test.
26 LAN Multiuser AgentThe Packet Tracer LAN and WAN servers provide an effective and time efficient way for synchronously deploying multiuser activities and games in and out of the classroom.
27 Other FeaturesServer with 2 NICsHost Based FirewallsHSRP
29 Packet Tracer Benefits Makes teaching easier by providing a multiuser environment for instructors (and free to NetAcad students) to easily teach complex technical conceptsMakes learning easier by providing a realistic simulation and visualization environment for exploration, experimentation and explanationPacket Tracer benefits both instructors and students in many waysInstructors and students can create their own virtual “network worlds” for teaching and learning networking concepts and technologies
30 Key Instructor Benefits Ability to teach complex networking conceptsDemonstrate technologies and configurationsAuthor custom guided activities, labs and assessments with immediate feedback using the Activity WizardUse for lecture demonstration, individual and group labs, homework, assessments, games, network design, troubleshooting and modeling tasks, reinforcement of hands-on lab activities, case studies, competitionsSupplements classroom equipment and provides complementary learning opportunities that are not possible in the classroom aloneSupports social learning processes via multiuser collaboration and competition
31 Benefits for StudentsProvides a free practice and visualization environment for the design, configuration and troubleshooting of network environmentsObserve virtual packets in controlled time as they travel through your networkAllows practice outside of the physical classroom and lab (home computers, mobile laptops)Create and configure much larger topologies than possible with physical equipment availableProvides a rich learning environment beyond standard networking technology instructional practicesProvides valuable hands-on expertise to help you succeed in the classroom and on the job
33 Packet Tracer Key Take Aways Packet Tracer is a powerful network simulation program that allows students to experiment with network behavior and ask “what if” questionsMakes teaching and learning network technologies easierNot intended to replace experiences with real equipment, but rather to complement themA laboratory for teaching and learning; you can experiment, you can create your own virtual network “world”Helps students develop 21st century skills such as decision making, creative and critical thinking, and problem solvingPacket Tracer is an integral part of the Networking Academy comprehensive learning experience
34 Packet Tracer Availability Packet Tracer is available free to all Networking Academy instructors, students and alumniTo download Packet Tracer, log in to Cisco NetSpace, click Offerings >Packet Tracer, then select your download package
35 For More InformationThe following Packet Tracer resources are available on Cisco NetSpace > Offerings > Packet TracerFAQsAt A GlanceOverview PresentationPacket Tracer 6.0.X Errata ListPacket Tracer ExecutablesWindowsLinuxLinux – Ubuntu installation
36 Packet Tracer Discussion Forum Access the global instructor community for questions, discussions, collaboration, and activity sharing