This EdTechNext report explores the emerging role of online communities of practice to support professional collaboration, learning and growth. It summarizes the educational potential of online communities, including the documented benefits and experiences in K–12 schools. The report also supports educational technology specialists in getting started with online communities in their districts and schools, with examples of existing communities that focus on content areas. And the report highlights CoSN’s leadership in offering several online communities in partnership with other professional organizations. As an added bonus, CoSN has started a rich repository of online communities and more information available online.

This is a members-only publication and can only be downloaded and viewed by current members of CoSN.

Disaster recovery planning must be a priority focused on expecting and being fully prepared for the unexpected. Disaster recovery is the ability of an organization to resume its operations after a disaster, and effective planning must reach more broadly than just the technology-supported systems and infrastructure. This 28-page narrative booklet offers a primer for technology leaders on how to play a larger role in crisis preparedness and in the disaster response and recovery process. It is written so as to be instructive for not only school technology leaders, but also other stakeholders, e.g. superintendents, school board members, principals, school purchasing officials, curriculum coordinators, media specialists, building-level technology coordinators and technology-savvy teachers.

The NMC Horizon Report: 2012 K-12 Edition reports on emerging technologies likely to have a major impact on teaching, learning, and creative inquiry within K-12 education. Accompanying the Report is the CoSN Horizon Report: 2012 K-12 Edition Toolkit, developed in partnership with NMC, which helps facilitate conversations around issues discussed in the Report. Toolkit components include (1) a PowerPoint presentation with a suggested script in the Notes View, (2) a Discussion Facilitator's Guide with guiding questions to pose to education stakeholders about trends, challenges, and technologies cited in the Report; (3) Discussion Activities to help stakeholders identify local challenges, consider emerging technologies as solutions, and develop action plans; and (4) videos of practitioners and students offering insights and perspectives about the emerging technologies and their use for teaching and learning.