Ed Tech Headlines

School Technology Leaders Applaud Passage of Every Child Achieves Act

Washington, DC (July 16, 2015) – Keith Krueger, CEO of CoSN (the Consortium for School Networking), today issued the following statement on the Every Child Achieves Act of 2015, S. 1177:

“The benefits of learning, especially on a personalized level, empowered through technology are proven in schools nationwide.  

Digital Learning Equity Act Takes Important Step to Reduce Digital Inequities

Washington, DC (June 18, 2015) – Keith Krueger, CEO of CoSN, today issued the following statement on the introduction of the Digital Learning Equity Act of 2015:

“We applaud Senators Angus King (I-ME) and Shelley Capito (R-WV) for recognizing that student learning doesn’t begin and stop at school doors. Through digital resources and connectivity, it continues with students right to their homes and outside of school.

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A few years ago, we finally got to the point where most school districts had established policies to replace outdated computers.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.

Wi-Fi in U.S. Schools Estimated to Cost $800 Million Per Year to Meet President’s Goal of 99% of Students Connected by 2018

WASHINGTON, DC (May 28, 2014) – CoSN (Consortium for School Networking) and EducationSuperHighway today released to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) an estimate of the additional E-rate funds necessary for robust local area network (LAN), Wi-Fi, and core wide area network (WAN) equipment that will achieve the Administration’s ConnectED vision.

UNESCO findings illuminate the potential of mobile reading (stay tuned for a new resource!)

774 million people worldwide -- more than double the population of the United States -- cannot read and write.  

Illiteracy is rampant, but it is also highly concentrated in a few countries, where poverty, conflict, and poor health care often complicate efforts to provide education. For example, in Sub-Saharan Africa, the number of illiterate people has increased by 40% since 2000, despite significant gains in other global regions.

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.