Ed Tech Headlines

Wi-Fi in U.S. Schools Estimated to Cost $800 Million Per Year to Meet President’s Goal of 99% of Students Connected by 2018

WASHINGTON, DC (May 28, 2014) – CoSN (Consortium for School Networking) and EducationSuperHighway today released to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) an estimate of the additional E-rate funds necessary for robust local area network (LAN), Wi-Fi, and core wide area network (WAN) equipment that will achieve the Administration’s ConnectED vision.

UNESCO findings illuminate the potential of mobile reading (stay tuned for a new resource!)

774 million people worldwide -- more than double the population of the United States -- cannot read and write.  

Illiteracy is rampant, but it is also highly concentrated in a few countries, where poverty, conflict, and poor health care often complicate efforts to provide education. For example, in Sub-Saharan Africa, the number of illiterate people has increased by 40% since 2000, despite significant gains in other global regions.

When it Comes to IT Investments, Think Value, Not Return

Return on investment and net present value are common concepts used in business to determine how best to invest in technology to lower bottom-line costs and increase revenues. Both are helpful because businesses seek to maximize profits, after all. If this approach were applicable to school districts, the decision-making process for proposed technology projects would be much easier and more objective.

How Green Tech Can Save You Green

Districts have a responsibility to demonstrate that they are dependable stewards of the future by protecting the environment-- but boards and communities also require their schools to conserve funding. These dual purposes are forcing education leaders to address green IT issues as a matter of conscience, budget, and political value. CoSN, the professional association of school system technology leaders, offers a comprehensive "green computing" strategy that covers three areas: Purchase and Disposal, Energy Use, and Reducing Waste.

CoSN Survey Reveals Widespread Need for Increased Bandwidth

This week, CoSN released our key preliminary findings from a nationwide survey about broadband and the E-Rate. Nearly 450 K-12 ed tech leaders representing 44 states participated in the survey and overwhelmingly agreed that the E-Rate is in dire need of reform.

99% of districts will need greater Internet bandwidth and connectivity within the next 3 years, and more than 90% think the current E-Rate program is inadequate for their districts' needs. 

Among our other key findings are:

CoSN Survey Reveals that 99 Percent of K-12 Districts Need Increased Bandwidth

Washington, DC (September 16, 2013) – The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) today released key preliminary findings from a national survey of nearly 450 K-12 district technology leaders from 44 states on E-Rate and broadband. The survey found that 99 percent of districts need greater Internet bandwidth and connectivity within the next 36 months, and more than nine in 10 districts think the current E-Rate program inadequately meets their district’s needs. The survey is being conducted in partnership with Market Data Research and will remain open through September.

CoSN Accepting Applications for Inaugural Administration of CETL Certification Exam

Washington, DC (January 23, 2012) – The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) is now accepting applications for the first-ever administration of its Certified Education Technology Leader (CETL) Certification Exam, which will be held on Sunday, March 4, 2012, prior to the CoSN Annual Conference 2012 kickoff in Washington, DC.

ASCD and the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) Partner to Launch New PD Online™ Course

Alexandria, VA (02/23/12)—ASCD, the global leader in providing programs, products, and services that empower educators to support the success of each learner, and the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), the premier professional association for school district technology leaders, have launched a new PD Online course titled From Vision to Action: The 21st Century Teac

CoSN’s 17th Annual Conference Brings Together Ed Tech Leaders to Reimagine the 21st Century Classroom

Washington, DC (March 12, 2012) – Last week, leading educators, education technology experts, and thought leaders from across North America and around the world convened in Washington, DC, for the Consortium for School Networking’s (CoSN’s) 17th Annual Conference (March 5-7), which coincided with the association’s 20th anniversary.

CoSN, UNESCO Release Working Papers on Mobile Learning

Washington, DC (April 26, 2012) – The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today released two North America working papers on mobile learning.  The papers, written by UNESCO in collaboration with the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), are titled “Turning on Mobile Learning in North America” and “Mobile Learning for Teachers in North America: Exploring the Potential of Mobile Technologies to Support Teachers and Improve Practice.” They are part of UNESCO’s larger Working Paper Series on Mobile Learning, which scans the globe to provide concrete exam