COSN

 

CoSN (Consortium for School Networking)

District technology leaders are uniquely positioned to advance school technology visions to realize engaging learning environments. As the premier professional association for education technology leaders, CoSN (Consortium for School Networking) and its partners empower school leadership with resources and opportunities that:

• Strengthen professional and leadership development skills;
• Navigate the current and “on the horizon” landscape across K-12 education; and
• Expand education technology strategies and policies to transform learning, close the achievement gap and improve student success.

Exploring the resources and ongoing efforts provided here will put district technology leaders on the path to lead the digital leap.

 

Resources

Digital K-12 Platform to Support Smart, High-Performance Education Networks

The continual, unending, increasing demands on networks burden the modern school chief technology officer (CTO) and education networks. To address this challenge, CoSN launched the Design Performance Guide.

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K-12 Online Courses to Build Skills of Current and Aspiring Tech Leaders

CoSN is offering new online professional development courses for current and aspiring K-12 school district leaders.

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EdTechNext Report – Dimensions in Learning: Visualizing, Designing, and Making in 3D

CoSN’s newest report out explores how modern 3D technologies are opening new dimensions in learning.

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Student Data Privacy Principles

CoSN and the Data Quality Campaign (DQC), along with nearly 40 leading national education organizations representing parents, teachers, principals, superintendents, state boards of education, chief technology officers, and many others, have developed 10 principles for protecting and guiding the use of the personal information of America’s students.

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Certified Education Technology Leader (CETL) Certification

Based on the Framework of Essential Skills of the K-12 CTO – the body of knowledge defining the skill areas critical to today’s education technology leaders – the CETL Certification is the credential for K-12 district technology leaders that demonstrates a mastery of the knowledge and skills to build transformative learning environments.

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Empowering the 21st Century Superintendent Toolkit

The toolkit can help superintendents deliver transformative learning environments to their school districts by developing or enhancing technology leadership skills. The resource also gives superintendents “Four Action Steps for Strengthening the Technology Leadership Team.”

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Rethinking Equity in a Digital Era Toolkit

The toolkit, created in partnership with the National Title I Association, provides a discussion guide for planning technology integration into Title I programs, tips for building collaboration between the Title I Director and the chief technology officer, and three in-depth case studies.

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Horizon K-12 Report

In partnership with the New Media Consortium (NMC) and with the support of HP, the annual Horizon Report examines emerging technologies for their potential impacts on and uses in teaching, learning, and creative inquiry within K-12 education.

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Protecting Privacy in Connected Learning Toolkit

The Protecting Privacy in Connected Learning toolkit is an in-depth, step-by-step guide to navigating the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and related privacy issues.

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Administrator’s Guide for Mobile Learning

The guide includes best practices and direction for education leaders to develop, plan, implement, and manage policies and best practices to leverage mobile learning.

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Closing the Gap (Turn Data Into Action to Inform Instruction)

Led by CoSN, AASA and Gartner, Inc., the ”Closing the Gap: Turning Data Into Action” initiative is a project for educators to use student information systems (SIS) and learning management systems (LMS) data to strengthen teaching and learning. The endeavor includes tools and reports, case studies, and a professional development toolkit.

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Seven Keys to Unlocking School Transformation with Digital Media

District leaders participating in the CoSN Leading Edge Cadre are among those who are taking bold and innovative steps to make transformative use of digital media. The following seven key points on school transformation represent the concerted thinking of key district leaders in this cadre.

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Making Progress: Rethinking State and School District Policies Concerning Mobile Technologies and Social Media

The report aims at helping to inform and guide education decision makers as they revise policies related to the use of mobile technologies and social media in schools.

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Connected Learning Initiative

The initiative offers resources, best practices, and lessons learned to support school districts as they implement practices and polices for a connected learning environment.

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Smart Education Networks by Design (SEND) Initiative

With the generous support of Qualcomm, the SEND initiative guides school systems in developing and maintaining well-designed networks that support the increased demand of digital services and access.

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SmartIT Resources

These resources help technology leaders better strategically plan and manage IT investments, including sustainable computing, total cost of ownership, value of investment, and budget management.

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Peer-to-Peer Events

CoSN events are designed to engage technology leaders in topics specific to common challenges, emerging trends, and best practices. They also provide opportunities for individuals to network and share ideas with peers, companies, and presenters.

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Becoming Assessment Ready Toolkit

CoSN, ENA, and the eLearn Institute developed this toolkit as part of our overall efforts to ensure all districts can make the smooth transition to high-stakes online assessments (including the Common Core State Standards).

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Rethinking Acceptable Use Policies to Enable Digital Learning: A Guide for School Districts

This CoSN Policy Guide addresses the questions about acceptable use policies and procedures surrounding technology use in schools.

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Education Technology Leaders Trumpet Historic E-Rate Cap Increase

CoSN spoke out in strong support of the FCC’s historic $1.5 billion increase to the E-Rate program, an increase CoSN had been advocating for this year.

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