IT Management

CoSN Welcomes COVID-19 Stimulus Package’s E-Learning Down Payment

CoSN CEO Keith Krueger today issued the following statement in support of the Education Stabilization Fund provision of the U.S. COVID-19 stimulus package released by Congress:
 
 
“CoSN applauds Congress for recognizing the need to provide general emergency assistance to school districts across the country, as they work to ensure health and safety, while also supporting teaching and learning, during the COVID-19 pandemic. The K-12 Emergency Fund’s allowable investment in online learning is a helpful first step.

EdTech Community Educates Congress on Policy Priorities in COVID-19 Era

Today more than 60 of the nation’s education technology leaders will virtually meet with Congress, the Department of Education and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to discuss actionable policy priorities that will enable America’s K-12 digital learning transformation. Given the COVID-19 pandemic, it has never been timelier for policymakers to understand the requirements for utilizing online learning in an equitable way.
 

CoSN and ASBO International Team Up on New Resource to Enhance Collaboration Between School Technology & Business Leaders

 
CoSN and ASBO International today unveiled for their members a new toolkit that will help chief technology officers (CTOs) collaborate more effectively with school business officials (SBOs) to tackle common issues, streamline district operations and focus on student success.
 

CoSN (Consortium for School Networking) and MindRocket Media Group Launch New Podcast Series to Support K-12 EdTech Leaders in the Digital Age

CoSN and MindRocket Media Group today launched The CoSN Podcast, designed to digitally support K-12 school district technology leaders with timely insights from recognized experts in the field. The first episode is available now on all major platforms and features an interview with Beth Holland, CoSN Project Director — Digital Equity and Rural Initiatives.
 

Technology Budgets: Moving from Capital Expense (CapEx) to Operational Expense (OpEx)

Information technology budgets involve significant expenditures, but there is more than one way to pay the bills. Identifying when it is advantageous to use capital funds versus operational funds can help districts build efficient and sustainable budgets to support their technology footprint.
 
What is the difference between a capital expense and operational expense? 
 

Tips to Plan a Successful Funding Initiative

Although the 2020 fall elections are a year away, now is the time to start planning for voter-approved funding proposals such as bonds and levies. These funding vehicles can be leveraged to raise funds for large technology upgrades and improvements. Presidential elections, in particular, present an excellent opportunity to leverage voter participation, especially in states where minimum voter turnout is required to pass funding requests. However, early planning and consistent follow through is critical to help ensure successful bond or levy passage.

CoSN Launches Completed Interoperability Toolkit for School Districts

CoSN today launched its full Toolkit to help school districts improve their interoperability — the seamless sharing of content and services between systems and applications. Interoperability has grown in importance as digital content and e-learning technologies have become more prevalent nationwide.
 
 

Interoper-What?

It can be difficult for IT Leaders to explain the importance of interoperability to education leaders who don’t have a technology background. Yet, interoperability has an enormous impact on teaching and learning effectiveness as well as costs. Improving interoperability can help districts make improvements across their entire digital ecosystem. IT departments could spend a lot less time and money connecting the systems that need to work together.

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