Ed Tech Headlines

Advancing School Leadership on Data Privacy Day – and Beyond

On January 28, we recognize Data Privacy Day for the benefit of all students and learning environments worldwide.

Led by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), this international occasion is an annual commitment to growing the awareness of and strengthening student privacy practices. It is also about creating and fostering trust in all school systems.

Everyone in education plays a critical role in ensuring the protection of personal information – and CoSN is proud to be at the forefront.

Bestselling Author Daniel Pink to Kick Off CoSN 2016 Annual Conference, April 4-7 in Washington, DC

Washington, DC (January 7, 2016) – Early bird registration remains open for CoSN’s (the Consortium for School Networking’s) 2016 Annual Conference until Friday, January 8 at midnight.

Set to begin with remarks from bestselling author Daniel Pink, CoSN 2016 will convene education technology and innovation experts in Washington, DC, on accelerating educational success empowered by a digital learning environment.

Report: Strengthen Student Security with Identity and Access Management Technologies

Washington, DC (October 22, 2015) – As school districts nationwide increasingly turn to digital content, the need has never been greater for robust identity and access management technologies.

This necessity, as well as the benefits of these resources and their current uses nationwide, is the focus of CoSN’s (the Consortium for School Networking’s) EdTechNext report, Identity and Access Management: Fundamentals for Securing Student Data and Privacy.

‘Accelerating Success’ Through an eLearning Culture at 2016 Conference in Washington, DC

Registration is open for CoSN’s (the Consortium for School Networking’s) 2016 Annual Conference, April 4-7 in Washington, DC.

Themed “Accelerating Success: Powered by an eLearning Culture,” education technology and innovation experts will gather in the nation’s capital to share leading insights on how to effectively shift from traditional to digitally-based learning environments.

Emerging Technologies: The Houston ISD IMS Interoperability Processes

Beatriz Arnillas is the Director of IT - Education Technology at Houston ISD, a CoSN member district, and a member of CoSN's Emerging Technologies Committee. Lately we've been talking a lot about interoperability standards -- what are they? How do we shore them up in our school districts? Beatriz shared her top tips for optimizing interoperability. How do your district's processes compare?

Open Up Access to Federally Funded Educational Resources, School Technology Leaders Urge White House

Washington, D.C. (August 5, 2015) — CoSN (the Consortium for School Networking), along with a broad coalition of more than 85 education, library, technology, public interest, and legal organizations, called on the White House to make federally funded educational materials available as Open Educational Resources (OER). The groups request that the materials be free to use, share, and improve.

Student Privacy Bill Introduced in Senate—School System Tech Leaders Urge Thoughtful Approach Ahead

Washington, DC (July 15, 2015) – CoSN (the Consortium for School Networking) CEO Keith Krueger today issued the following statement on the privacy bill introduced by Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Steve Daines (R-MT):

“Protecting student data is a responsibility that requires deep commitment from school leaders, educators, and community members.

NMC and CoSN Release the NMC Horizon Report > 2015 K-12 Edition

Philadelphia, PA (June 29, 2015) — The New Media Consortium (NMC) and CoSN (the Consortium for School Networking) jointly releasing the NMC Horizon Report > 2015 K-12 Edition in a special session at the annual ISTE Conference. This edition describes annual findings from the NMC Horizon Project, an ongoing research project designed to identify and describe emerging technologies likely to have an impact on learning, teaching, and creative inquiry in K-12 education.

Download this year's report (produced with NMC) to get a sense of emerging trends in ed tech!