CoSN 2012: Reimagine Learning

17th Annual Conference to Prepare Education Leaders to Best Leverage Technology to Transform Teaching and Learning
Washington, DC
Thursday, January 19, 2012

Washington, DC (January 19, 2012) – The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) will hold its 17th Annual Conference – CoSN 2012: Reimagine Learning – March 5-7, 2012, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC. Attendees will hear from public and private sector education thought leaders and experts on ways to leverage today’s constantly evolving technology landscape to transcend the classroom. Speakers will provide insight on the following questions facing 21st century K-12 education leaders: How can we create an educational system that is more participatory, more engaging and – most important – better at enabling each learner to move at their own pace?; How do we move entire institutions to leverage mobile devices and transition to digital resources?; And, how do we do this in a time of deep economic crisis where the new normal requires us to do more with less?”

“From thought-provoking sessions to networking opportunities with colleagues and national and international experts, the CoSN Annual Conference is the premier professional development event for district leaders striving to transform instruction through technology,” said Dr. Alice Owen, CoSN Conference Chair and Division Director of Technology in Irving Independent School District, Irving, TX. “In these tough economic times, technology directors, superintendents, curriculum directors and other educators cannot afford to miss an opportunity to explore the ways in which technology can support and streamline the teaching and learning process.”

Conference highlights include:

  • 2012 United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) & CoSN International Symposium, themed “mLearning: Exploring the Power of Mobility to Transform Learning,” featuring a series of panel discussions with global technology and education experts on topics, including: “Why Mobiles in Learning?;” “Empowering Learners Through Mobile Device;” “Can You Learn with a Mobile Device? Industry Perspectives;”  “Teacher Support and Professional Development through Mobile Devices;” and “Visions for mLearning.” (March 5) Learn more
  • Opening Plenary, led by Douglas Thomas, Associate Professor, University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, Los Angeles, CA; Karen Cator, Director, Office of Educational Technology, U.S. Department of Education, Washington, DC; and Mark Edwards, Superintendent, Mooresville Graded School District, Mooresville, NC. (March 6) Learn more
  • On The Horizon: Harnessing Emerging Technologies in Education, the first-ever joint teleconference Spotlight Session at the CoSN, SITE and SXSWedu conferences, featuring Larry Johnson, Chief Executive Officer, New Media Consortium. (March 6) Learn more
  • Closing Plenary (CoSNx Keynotes), led by John Seely Brown, Visiting Scholar and Adviser to the Provost, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, LA, and Independent Co-Chair, Deloitte Center for the Edge; with responses by Bailey Mitchell, Chair, CoSN, and Chief Technology and Information Officer, Forsyth County Schools, GA; Nichole Pinkard, Associate Professor, Interactive Media, DePaul University, Founder, Digital Youth Network, and Co-Founder, YOUmedia, Chicago, IL; Arana Shapiro, Co-Director, School at Institute of Play at Quest to Learn, Parsons School of Design, New York, New York; and Travis Allen, Student, President and Founder, iSchool Initiative, Kennesaw, GA. (March 7) Learn more

In addition, as part of the post-Annual Conference program, CoSN, the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE®), and the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) will hold their annual Education Technology Policy Summit 2012 on Thursday, March 8. The Summit will include a morning “Advocacy Boot Camp” and afternoon breakout sessions with key policymakers to address key ed tech policy issues. To register for the Summit, click here.

New this year, conference attendees can access complete program information at the tips of their fingers by downloading the new CoSN 2012 mobile application beginning January 25. The application is being launched as part of the Go Green with CoSN initiative.

Media are welcome to attend the Annual Conference free of charge, but must RSVP to Jennifer Cummings or Michael Kaplun to register. Online registration is available for all others interested in attending.

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About the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN)

CoSN is the premier professional association for school, district and educational service agency technology leaders. CoSN’s members are a unique blend of education and technology leaders and decision makers from the public and private sectors. The mission of CoSN is to empower K-12 district technology leaders to use technology strategically for the improvement of teaching and learning.
CoSN provides leadership, community, and advocacy essential for the success of these leaders. Visit or phone 866.267.8747 to find out more about CoSN’s Leadership Initiatives, annual conference and events, policy and advocacy, membership, and resources supporting and promoting leadership development to ensure that technology is used strategically for the improvement of teaching and learning in elementary and secondary schools.

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