Under the ‘Spotlight’—Education Technology Trends, Challenges, and Successes to Drive Conversation at 2016 Annual Conference

April 4-7, 2016 in Washington, DC
Washington, DC
Friday, December 11, 2015

Washington, DC (December 11, 2015) – CoSN (the Consortium for School Networking) today unveiled its “Spotlight Sessions” for the 2016 Annual Conference in Washington, DC, from April 4-7. The four sessions will feature interactive conversations with education leaders and experts that address digital equity and access, vision and leadership, and innovation in education.

Themed “Accelerating Success: Powered by an eLearning Culture,” CoSN 2016 will gather the education community for an exploration on shifting from traditional to digitally-based learning environments. Media are invited to register at no cost here.

“The question is no longer ‘why’ but ‘how’ for school systems that are taking the digital leap. During the array of engaging sessions at CoSN 2016, school leaders and industry experts will share what’s needed to successfully shift to an e-learning culture that embraces digital resources and transforms the learning experience,” said Tom Ryan, CEO, eLearn Institute, and Chair, CoSN Conference.

A look at the CoSN 2016 “Spotlight Sessions” follows:

  • “FailFest” (April 5 @ 8:00 a.m. ET) – In what has become an annual ritual of the Conference, school system and industry leaders share how early failures led to success. All attendees are invited to join and share their own stories.
  • “Connecting Rural Schools” (April 5 @ 10:30 a.m. ET) – Education Week Reporter Ben Herold leads a panel discussion on the state of broadband in rural communities. The panel will build off a forthcoming Education Week nationwide special report that examines how the Federal Communications Commission’s new E-rate policies are playing out on the ground.
  • “The Empowered Superintendent: Enabling Digital Learning for All Students” (April 6 @ 8:00 a.m. ET) – Mooresville Graded School District Superintendent Dr. Mark Edwards leads a conversation on how superintendents can make or break education technology initiatives. The session will provide a close look at CoSN’s and AASA’s, The School Superintendents Association’s, toolkit that helps build the capacity of superintendents and their teams.
  • “The Learning Interdependently From Experience (LIFE) School: A Model for Students Who Benefit From Non-Traditional Instruction” (April 6 @ 1:15 p.m. ET) – Harvard University Professor Chris Dede and Chappaqua Central School District (NY) Superintendent Dr. Lyn McKay tell about the LIFE (Learning Interdependently from Experience) School, which provides opportunities for both students and teachers to challenge themselves in ways unavailable in traditional classroom settings. A strategic design that promotes collaboration both in-person and virtually, LIFE School has taken full advantage of a student-centered learning space to build the skills necessary for success in the 21st century.

To register and take advantage of the early bird rates by January 8, 2016, please visit: cosnconference.org/attend/registration.

Media are invited to attend the conference at no cost. Please contact Michael Kaplun at michaelkaplun@cosn.org or click here for details.

For more information about CoSN 2016, follow #CoSN16 and visit: cosnconference.org.


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