10 Great Back-to-School Tools for School Leaders from CoSN

New, Updated Suite of K-12 Ed Tech Resources
Washington, DC
Friday, September 13, 2013

Washington, DC (September 13, 2013) – With the 2013-2014 school year kicking into high gear, the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) today offered education leaders 10 new and updated resources to leverage technology to enhance teaching and learning. 

1. Make Effective Use of Digital Media to Unlock School Transformation

After two years of working with a cadre of innovative school districts, learn the seven keys points for school systems to make effective use of digital media.  These include: changing the classroom culture; involving students, parents, school staff and other community members; aligning district policies to support innovation and transformation; accepting the “going to scale” challenge; incorporating job-embedded and sustained professional development; building school board support; and revising and updating teacher education programs. Learn more.


2. Get CETL Certified

CoSN’s Certified Education Technology Leader (CETL) Certification Exam is the only national certification program that enables education technology professionals to demonstrate their skills. A component of the CETL Certification Program, the exam is based on the Framework of Essential Skills of K-12 CTO and comprises two parts administered using an online-based testing system. Learn more


3. Discover the ‘Horizon’ of Emerging Technologies

Now in its fourth edition, CoSN’s Horizon Report: 2013 K-12 Edition Toolkit, which accompanies the NMC Horizon Report  2013 K-12 Edition, provides district technology leaders, policymakers and other key education stakeholders with insight and guidelines to facilitate a conversation on leveraging emerging technologies to advance teaching and learning. Learn more


4. Be Prepared for the Next IT Crises

The IT Crisis Preparedness Leadership initiative provides school technology leaders with resources to support school systems’ crisis planning and response strategies, focusing on the role of technology leaders, identifying best practices and devising strategies for shutdown and startup processes. The initiative also provides key tips and real examples detailing past experiences. Learn more


5. Value Your Investment in Technology

K-12 district leaders often have innovative and critical projects in mind, but may not know how best to plan, project and introduce these initiatives. CoSN’sValue of Investment (VOI) tools provide K-12 districts with a cost-benefit methodology for evaluating, articulating and proposing projects, establishing a clear, affordable path toward implementation.

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6. Moving from Acceptable to Responsible Use Policies

With digital media becoming an integral part of the learning experience, districts need an up-to-date set of policies to maintain a safe, secure and responsible learning environment. CoSN’s updated acceptable use policy (AUP) guide is designed to help school system leaders rethink today’s digital media landscape, tackling key questions and offering effective solutions.

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7. Leadership for the Mobile Learning Landscape

District leaders understand the importance of mobile learning, but how best to incorporate it into a district’s curriculum can be a challenge. CoSN’s Administrator’s Guide to Mobile Learning provides key information and tips to educate and support administrators interested in implementing mobile learning. The resource is based on the insights of pioneering schools and districts, industry experts and leading scholars in the field. Learn more


8. Connecting You And Your Peers

CoSN’s long-running Webinars allow participants to hear from district, state and industry leaders from across the globe on the advancing digital landscape. Here is the complete 2013-2014 schedule: 

  • “Is Privacy in the Cloud Possible?” Tuesday, November 12, 2013, 1pm – 2pm ET
  • “Can Learning Analytics Enable Personalized Learning?” Tuesday, December 10, 2013, 1pm – 2pm ET
  • “Can School Systems Leverage ‘Hybrid Innovation’ Strategies to Improve Student Learning?” Tuesday, January 14, 2014, 1pm – 2pm ET
  • “Being IT Ready for High Stakes Online Assessments,” Tuesday, February 11, 2014, 1pm – 2 pm ET
  • “Designing Education Networks: Developing the Next Generation Network to Support Personalized Learning with Technology,” Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 1pm – 2pm ET
  • “Over the Horizon: Results from the 2014 Horizon K-12 Report,” Tuesday,

May 20, 2014, 1pm – 2pm ET

Learn more


9. Hang Out on Turning Data Into Action

As part of the Closing the Gap: Turning Data into Action project, CoSN and AASA, The School Superintendents Association, are offering educators a four-part Google Hangout series this fall. The discussions will spotlight the project’s professional development toolkit and allow participants to discover how to strengthen instructional practice. Separately, AASA will be hosting a two-part professional development Webinar series. Learn more


10. Explore the New CoSN

Access these tools on CoSN’s new website, www.CoSN.org. CoSN refreshed its website and logo to highlight the association’s more than two decades of leadership in advancing education technology. Click here to watch CoSN’s accompanying Vine.



About the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN)

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 www.cosn.org or call 866-267-8747 to find out more about CoSN’s focus areas, annual conference and events, advocacy and policy, membership and the CETL certification exam.