During the opening session of their annual conference, the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) released the results of its first annual CoSN K-12 IT Leadership Survey. The survey, sponsored by Education Networks of America (ENA) and conducted in partnership with MCH Strategic Data, polled district technology leaders nationwide to capture technology trends, challenges and priorities surrounding K-12 technology leadership.
In this white paper, The Broadband Imperative: Recommendations to Address K-12 Education Infrastructure Needs, released by the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) and developed in part by ENA, the trend of needing broadband in all facets of K-12 Education is examined, and recommendations are given in terms of broadband needed, as well as state and district examples that illustrate the great effect that successful implementation can achieve. Read the executive summary here.
Leadership for Web 2.0 in Education: Promise & Reality
Today’s children and youth are immersed in the participatory Web 2.0 culture outside of schools, but too many are being asked to check their technologies each morning at the school house door. In this study, the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) set out to answer the question, “To what extent are American K-12 schools redesigning schools to tap into the learning potential of Web 2.0?” This report documents the beliefs, perspectives, and practices of educational administrators which help or hinder effective use of Web 2.0 in K-12 education. Supported by the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. This white paper is posted with CoSN’s permission.
High-Speed Broadband Access for All Kids: Breaking Through the Barriers
This white papers addresses the growing concern and critical need for high-speed Internet access among our districts and schools. Although national statistics boast almost 98% connectivity in US schools, the substance and bandwidth of the connection is often problematic and insufficient. High-speed broadband access and connectivity are vital for economic growth, global competitiveness, education, innovation, and creativity.
Maximizing the Impact
In this white paper, the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA), the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) and the Partnership for 21st Century Skills urged renewed emphasis on technology in education.
Best Practices for Implementing a Statewide Network
This guide outlines the key steps that states can take in establishing a statewide network to make networked education a reality addressing E-Rate, statewide consortia processes, and the managed service provider model. Click here to download the executive summary.
Networked for Learning: Enabling 21st Century Student Success
This white paper addresses the following concepts: 1.) For students to succeed in life and work today, they must master 21st century skills. 2.) A new model—networked education—is one of the most effective ways to support 21st century outcomes. Click here to download the executive summary.