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Washington, DC (March 16, 2016) – How is India accelerating educational success through information and communications technologies? What is the country doing to redefine and advance the skills of students today?
These were just some of the questions school system technology leaders sought to uncover during CoSN’s (the Consortium for School Networking’s) delegation to India last November.
CoSN today revealed the following takeaways from the 11-day educational trip in the new report, Incredible India: Endless Possibilities:
“India has successfully addressed inequities by leveraging educational innovation,” said Keith Krueger, CEO of CoSN. “By visiting and observing their practices up close, we are able to share their powerful story with educators and policymakers to help further transform and personalize learning all across North America.”
During the delegation, participants met with key government and education officials as well as leading NGOs to get a first-hand look at the role of technology in India’s formal and informal education systems. They also visited both public and private schools to get a better sense of how technology is being used in learning.
Incredible India captures these observations and poses some related questions for policymakers and educators outside of India, particularly in the United States and Canada, to consider. The key lessons learned from the experience are:
“What India is doing to accelerate success at each grade level is truly incredible. Hopefully the lessons we learned will inspire greater and more impactful educational innovation in all North American school systems,” said Irene Spero, Chief Strategy Officer, CoSN.
This marked CoSN’s ninth delegation as part of its global leadership efforts, following trips to Singapore (2015), Portugal (2013), London and Paris (2011), South America (2011), Scotland and the Netherlands (2009), Scandinavia (2007), Australia (2004), and the United Kingdom, France, Belgium, and Germany (2002).
The CoSN delegation to India is made possible through the support of HP.
To learn more about the report as well as CoSN’s global leadership efforts – including details regarding CoSN’s annual International Symposium with UNESCO on April 6 in Washington, DC – please visit: cosn.org/international.
CoSN 2016 Annual Conference
CoSN will hold its 2016 Annual Conference in Washington, DC, on April 4-7. Themed Accelerating Success: Powered by an eLearning Culture, the Conference will bring together education experts and leaders from across the globe for conversations on how school systems can change their organizational cultures and embrace digital learning environments. Learn more and register at: cosnconference.org.
CoSN is the premier professional association for school system technology leaders. The mission of CoSN is to empower educational leaders to leverage technology to realize engaging learning environments. Visit cosn.org or call 866-267-08747 to find out more about CoSN’s focus areas, annual conference and events, advocacy and policy, membership and the CETL certification exam.