“Continuously Connected…Constantly Learning” CoSN 2014 Open for Registration and Presentations

Washington, DC (June 10, 2013) – The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) today opened registration and is accepting presentations for its 2014 Annual Conference, themed “Continuously Connected…Constantly Learning,” (March 19-22, 2014, Washington, DC). Exploring today’s hyper-connected world and how K-12 leaders can create digital learning ecosystems, the conference will allow education leaders from across the world to share innovative ideas and perspectives on the changing role of education in the 21st century.

CoSN Releases Horizon Report: 2013 K-12 Edition Toolkit

San Antonio, TX (June 24, 2013) – The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) today released The CoSN Horizon Report: 2013 K-12 Edition Toolkit at ISTE 2013 in San Antonio, TX. The Toolkit, which accompanies the New Media Consortium’s (NMC) recently released 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 21st century teaching and learning.

CoSN Enlists New York as Newest State Chapter

Washington, DC (July 29, 2013) – The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) today announced that New York is the association’s 16th state chapter nationwide. Led by the New York State Association for Computers and Technology in Education (NYSCATE), the new chapter is charged with advancing the role of district technology leadership and transformative learning environments across the state.

This EdTechNext report explores the emerging role of online communities of practice to support professional collaboration, learning and growth. It summarizes the educational potential of online communities, including the documented benefits and experiences in K–12 schools. The report also supports educational technology specialists in getting started with online communities in their districts and schools, with examples of existing communities that focus on content areas. And the report highlights CoSN’s leadership in offering several online communities in partnership with other professional organizations. As an added bonus, CoSN has started a rich repository of online communities and more information available online.

This is a members-only publication and can only be downloaded and viewed by current members of CoSN.

Disaster recovery planning must be a priority focused on expecting and being fully prepared for the unexpected. Disaster recovery is the ability of an organization to resume its operations after a disaster, and effective planning must reach more broadly than just the technology-supported systems and infrastructure. This 28-page narrative booklet offers a primer for technology leaders on how to play a larger role in crisis preparedness and in the disaster response and recovery process. It is written so as to be instructive for not only school technology leaders, but also other stakeholders, e.g. superintendents, school board members, principals, school purchasing officials, curriculum coordinators, media specialists, building-level technology coordinators and technology-savvy teachers.

The NMC Horizon Report: 2012 K-12 Edition reports on emerging technologies likely to have a major impact on teaching, learning, and creative inquiry within K-12 education. Accompanying the Report is the CoSN Horizon Report: 2012 K-12 Edition Toolkit, developed in partnership with NMC, which helps facilitate conversations around issues discussed in the Report. Toolkit components include (1) a PowerPoint presentation with a suggested script in the Notes View, (2) a Discussion Facilitator's Guide with guiding questions to pose to education stakeholders about trends, challenges, and technologies cited in the Report; (3) Discussion Activities to help stakeholders identify local challenges, consider emerging technologies as solutions, and develop action plans; and (4) videos of practitioners and students offering insights and perspectives about the emerging technologies and their use for teaching and learning.