U.S. Department of Education, Friday Institute for Educational Innovation and CoSN Launch epic-ed Community

Washington, DC
Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Washington, DC (August 21, 2012) – The U.S. Department of Education, the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at NC State University and the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) have partnered to create a new online community of practice that supports all stakeholders going through digital transition within technology-enabled learning environments.

On August 22, 2012, the epic-ed community will officially launch.

“Ensuring that educators have every opportunity to be connected with peers and experts who can help them be successful is critical,” said Karen Cator, Director of the Office of Educational Technology. “Now, more than ever, we can share ideas, information and resources and more fully support teachers every day by leveraging the convening and distribution power of the Internet.”

Epic-ed offers:

  • The Digital Transition Cycle – provides navigation of community resources, tools, and events organized around proven vision, planning, implementation and assessment phases.
  • Informal Learning Eventsexpands and enriches the professional learning network with educators across the nation.

In conjunction with Connected Educator Month (http://connectededucators.org/cem), epic-ed will host a web conference to provide a guided tour of the community. This tour will be offered twice on our launch date at 2:00 pm EDT and 4:00 pm EDT.  To participate:

  1. Prepare yourself: beta.epiced.org/webconference (Please ensure your computer has the requirements for using Blackboard Collaborate.)
  2. Use this link to access the tour 15 minutes prior: http://bit.ly/epic082212

“Epic-ed will provide K-12 educators, district leaders and other community participants with a unique channel to get connected and develop strategies for navigating the digital transition,” said CoSN CEO Keith Krueger. “With increased peer-to-peer interaction and greater connectivity, epic-ed members will have an opportunity to learn from each other, share ideas and ultimately implement effective plans to help ease the transition and maximize the benefits of technology-enabled learning environments.” 

We invite you to sign up for the community by providing your email address now at epiced.org.

We look forward to celebrating and learning from your digital transition experiences shared with us in epic-ed.

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