Exploring How Schools Can Apply Lessons of Informal Learning at CoSN 2014

CoSN’s 13th Annual International Symposium to Spotlight ‘Connected Learning’ During Daylong Exploration with Ed Tech Leaders, Experts Worldwide
Washington, DC
Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Washington, DC (February 26, 2014) – The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) is set to hold its 13th Annual International Symposium on Wednesday, March 19 in Washington, DC. Held in partnership with UNESCO, the global event will convene leading education technology experts and leaders from around the world for a discussion exploring the question, “Connected Learning – What Does This Mean for Formal Education?”

The daylong event immediately precedes CoSN’s 2014 Annual Conference in the nation’s capital and builds on the conference’s theme, “Continuously Connected, Constantly Learning.”

“For 12 consecutive years, we have been fortunate to bring a one-of-a-kind global perspective to CoSN’s Annual Conference. School system, government, and industry leaders will engage in a robust conversation on the meaning of connected learning and its impact on education around the world. The conversation will serve as constructive lead-in to the official start of CoSN 2014,” said Keith Krueger, CEO of CoSN.

The event will begin by building an understanding that connected learning is socially connected, interest-driven, and oriented toward educational and economic opportunity.  It is centered on knowledge that matters to the school leader and supported by friends and institutions who share and recognize this common passion or purpose. Most often it occurs outside formal school instruction. This baseline understanding will carry participants into a discovery of global visions, trends and best practices on connected learning and lessons formal education systems and leaders.

2014 International Symposium speakers include “TED-like” presentations by:

  • Mimi Ito, Professor in Residence and John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Chair in Digital Media and Learning, University of California, Irvine
  • Dr. Horn Mun Chea, Director, Education Technology, Singapore Ministry of Education
  • Students from Norway showing 21st century learning

Plus compelling presentations by:


  • Mariana Patru, Programme Specialist in ICTs in Education, UNESCO, Division for Teacher Development and Higher Education
  • Adele Botha, Researcher, SCIR Meraka Institute, South Africa (MOOCs)
  • Jonathan Finkelstein, Founder of LearningTimes, and Founder & CEO of Credly, USA
  • Michael Furdyk, Co-founder of TakingITGlobal, Canada
  • Adam Ray, Open Resources & Collaborations with Informal Learning Institutions, Pearson Foundation
  • Martin Farrows, Centre Director, Learnovate Centre, Ireland
  • Glenn Kleiman, Executive Director, Friday Institute for Educational Innovation
  • Sugata Mitra, Winner of 2013 TED Prize, Professor of Educational Technology at Newcastle University
  • Margaret Honey, President & CEO, NY Hall of Science
  • Michael Horn, Co-founder and Executive Director of Education, Clayton Christensen Institute
  • Heather Staker, Senior Research Fellow, Education, Clayton Christensen Institute

Click here to watch videos showing connected learning in action. 

Pearson Foundation is the lead sponsor of the 2014 International Symposium, with additional support from HP. Click here to learn more.

To register for the Symposium and CoSN 2014, please visit: cosnconference.org.

Interested media are invited to attend at no cost. Please contact Michael Kaplun at michaelkaplun@cosn.org.

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 866-267-08747 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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