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New School Leadership Toolkit Advances Digital Equity Nationwide

Washington, DC (February 17, 2016) – To improve digital equity in school systems nationwide, CoSN (the Consortium for School Networking) today launched the Digital Equity Action Toolkit for district leaders.

Introduced through CoSN’s new Digital Equity Action Agenda leadership initiative, the toolkit provides school system leaders with thoughtful strategies to address and narrow the “homework gap” in their communities.

New ‘Smart’ K-12 Leadership Guide Helps Schools Plan, Manage IT Investments

School districts nationwide continue to face relatively constrained IT budgets following the Great Recession. The “SmartIT Leadership Guide,” a new CoSN (Consortium for School Networking) resource launched today, helps district chief technology officers (CTOs) and school leaders address this challenge by providing practical, strategic information and tools. The guide was developed and provided as part of CoSN’s Smart IT: Strategic Technology Planning & Management initiative.

Refurbished Computers – Not So Fast

A few years ago, we finally got to the point where most school districts had established policies to replace outdated computers. Then along came the recession, and with it, the refresh cycle that CTOs had fought so hard to create. Now, as the technology in our school continues to age, leaders are looking for innovative ways to replace older equipment while implementing new projects like Common Core preparation.

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

New Resource Provides Guidance to K-12 Technology Leaders on Smart IT Management and Investment

Washington, DC (June 18, 2014) – CoSN (Consortium for School Networking) today unveiled a new strategic resource that provides guidance to school system technology leaders on how to plan and manage their IT investments amid tightening budgets.

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?

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.