CoSN to Lead Senior-Level Delegation to Portugal

Trip a Part of Association’s Efforts to Explore the Use of Technology Globally and to Learn from Other Countries
Washington, DC
Monday, October 21, 2013

Washington, DC (October 21, 2013) – The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) today announced that it will lead a senior-level delegation to Portugal on October 18-26, 2013 – the association’s latest activity to continue exploring how other countries advance strategic educational priorities by making investments in information and communication technology (ICT). Through in-person meetings, presentations and school visits, the delegates will explore and report on how Portugal’s innovative initiatives are advancing K-12 education and preparing students to become lifelong learners and career ready. This is CoSN’s seventh international delegation, following South America (2011), London and Paris (2010), Scotland and the Netherlands (2009), Scandinavia (2007), Australia (2004) and Europe (2002). 

“While CoSN's mission is to help North American education leaders understand the power of education technology – or ICT in education, as it is called globally – innovation isn’t bounded by the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. This visit to Portugal is a great opportunity to see on example of a global pioneer in digitally based teaching and learning,” said Keith Krueger, CEO of CoSN. “We are particularly excited that this delegation will be hearing about global trends across Europe and around the world, and that key leaders from other countries will be part of this multilateral conversation about how to transform learning with technology.”

During the eight-day trip, CoSN delegates will:

  • Learn about Portugal’s one-to-one initiative, including how it is preparing students for a knowledge-based world while working toward educational equity;
  • Hear how the MilleniumEDU Project, in partnership with the United Nations, is taking Portugal’s experience globally;
  • Explore scalability in large-scale one-to-one initiatives and the unique roles the public and private sector have played in national ubiquitous technology initiatives;
  • Create opportunities for the delegates to share practices and learn from each other;
  • Visit schools to see the impact of these programs; and
  • Meet with global ICT leaders to learn about current activities, including leading initiatives by UNESCO, OECD and the European SchoolNet.

The 2013 delegation will have an added international dimension with four participants from India joining the U.S. leaders on the trip. The delegation will begin with a session on global ICT trends with representatives from OECD, UNESCO, European Schoolnet and World Education Forum. Microsoft will be hosting a daylong “Shape the Future” roundtable, bringing together representatives from other European countries and the Middle East.

As a tangible outcome of the trip, CoSN delegates will produce a toolkit with best practices, examples and resources for scalability of one-to-one programs that can be used in North America. In addition, CoSN will share valuable information from the trip with the U.S. education technology community via a delegation website, podcasts, blogs, webinars and a report summarizing the experience.

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To learn more about CoSN’s global leadership efforts, including previous delegations, meetings and CoSN / UNESCO’s Annual International Symposium, please visit: www.cosn.org/international.

About the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN)

CoSN is the premier professional association for school system technology leaders. The mission of CoSN is to empower educational leaders to leverage technology to realize engaging learning environments. Visit www.cosn.org or call 866-267-8747 to find out more about CoSN’s focus areas, annual conference and events, advocacy and policy, membership, and the CETL certification exam.

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