Instructional Focus

Prioritizing the Privacy Work for the Technology-Enabled School District

In the midst of important discussions on data privacy and security taking place across the nation, school leaders can easily forget how and why we adopted the array of applications that support learning and school operations. These systems did not arrive overnight. Rather, over the course of years, school leaders began to leverage software that helps scale personalized learning, provide engaging learning experiences, and run the “business” side of districts (e.g., scheduling, transportation, etc.).
 

"Predicting" the Future of EdTech

As 2018 starts, I get lots of questions about what are the “most important” technologies and trends that will impact learning.  As head of the Consortium for School Networking, CoSN, it makes sense that our leaders and the media want to know where to focus their attention and budgets to have the most impact. Unfortunately, “predicting” technology is fraught with problems, and accuracy is at the top of the list. This is the moment to bring out spectacularly wrong predictions from brilliant persons:

SIHS Spotlight (Part 2 of 3): Getting our Official Internship Papers and Conducting Evaluations

Milena Streen (VP & CIO – Librarian) and Robert Barr (Director of Technology) from Saint Ignatius High School, one of our member schools, are joining us for a 3-part series on how they set up a student internship program and what they’ve learned from it. View Part 1 of the series here and stay tuned for Part 3 ("must-dos") next week!

Saint Ignatius High School's Internship Program (Part 1 of 3)

At CoSN, we’re all about professional development for ed tech leaders. One of our member schools, Saint Ignatius High School in Cleveland, Ohio, provides it in a powerful and unique way: with a student internship program for future leaders! Milena Streen (VP & CIO – Librarian) and Robert Barr (Director of Technology) from SIHS are joining us for a 3-part series on how they set up the program and what they’ve learned from it. 

Stay tuned for parts 2 and 3 of Milena and Rob’s thoughts on the internship program next week!

CoSN: E-rate Modernization Requires ‘Long-Term, Sufficient’ Funding

Opportunities for Online Music Education with MacPhail

At CoSN, we believe that technology can enhance learning and the student experience in all subjects, including the arts. Our guest poster, Kyle Carpenter from MacPhail Center for Music, discusses the enormous impact technology can have on music education. Want to learn to play the tuba, but there's nobody around to teach you? No problem -- hook up a webcam and connect with one of MacPhail's expert instructors from your home!

Have you used technology to help with arts education?

Take The Pledge: Celebrate Digital Learning Day with us on Feb 5!

CoSN is a partner in the Alliance for Excellent Education’s Digital Learning Day, which will take place on Wednesday, February 5th (13 more days!). Want to celebrate with us?

DLD, a national celebration, is designed to celebrate innovative teaching and personalized learning. We already know the potential of education technology, but we want everyone to know. Help us build the momentum we need to change policies, shift attitudes, and enable wide-scale adoption of ed tech in classrooms.

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