Equipping EdTech Leaders With a Comprehensive EdTech Survival Kit to Navigate Digital Equity, AI, Cybersecurity and More


Washington, D.C. (September 5, 2023) – CoSN today released an EdTech Survival Kit for School Year 2024, featuring 10 essential tools and resources that are designed to empower EdTech leaders for a successful academic year. The suite of resources encompasses critical aspects of educational technology, spanning from digital equity and artificial intelligence to cybersecurity and innovation.

“Harnessing the potential of educational technology requires expertise, strategy and innovative solutions,” said Keith Krueger, CEO of CoSN. “These resources underscore CoSN’s commitment to equipping educators with the necessary tools to navigate the ever-changing landscape of educational technology.”

Within the survival kit, CoSN highlights the following resources:

  • Digital Equity Dashboard: The Digital Equity Dashboard is an innovative and practical tool designed to help school districts and communities leverage national data sets to close digital equity gaps. By anonymizing the data and breaking it down by county, school district and zip code units, the Dashboard provides school and community leaders with data to inform decision-makers and address equity concerns.
  • AI in Education: AI in Education resources offer insights, advice and peer experiences to guide EdTech leaders in harnessing AI’s potential to enhance learning. The AI in Education Community, along with resources, blogs and webinars, serves as a platform for discovering innovative strategies for schools and districts.
  • Cybersecurity: CoSN Tools and Resources on Cybersecurity empower EdTech leaders to safeguard networks and information. With a focus on planning, prevention, preparation, implementation and response, CoSN resources help analyze current security statuses, reduce risks, and contribute to effective teaching and learning environments.
  • Driving K-12 Innovation 2023: The Driving K-12 Innovation 2023 series provides trend reports that help educators integrate emerging technologies into their teaching practices. With insights from a global advisory board of K-12 leaders, practitioners and changemakers, the initiative delves into the themes driving, hindering, and enabling teaching and learning innovation at schools.
  • K-12CVAT: The K-12 Community Vendor Assessment Tool (K-12CVAT) equips educational institutions with a framework to assess vendor risk and ensure data protection before adopting third-party solutions.
  • Disaster Preparation: Resources on Disaster Preparation guide school IT personnel in developing emergency operations plans for uninterrupted learning during unexpected events.
  • Asset Management and Budgeting: CoSN offers tools for assessing the costs and benefits of educational tech projects. Resources on Value of Investment (VOI), Total Cost of Ownership (TCO), Asset Disposal, Lifecycle Replacement Planning and more aid K-12 districts in strategic planning and budgeting.
  • Trusted Learning Environment Seal: The Trusted Learning Environment (TLE) Seal is the nation’s only privacy framework designed specifically for school systems. The TLE program helps K-12 schools and districts build strong, effective privacy programs and a culture of trust and transparency.
  • Fall Courses: Online learnings are aligned with CoSN’s Framework of Essential Skills of the K-12 CTO and offer CEA Credits for CETL® recertifications as well as access to materials for a full year.
  • Blogs, Webinars and Podcasts: CoSN’s diverse collection of free blogs, webinars and podcasts offers insights into member and staff perspectives, fostering a community of continuous learning.

Access the new EdTech Survival Kit now!

About CoSN
CoSN is the premier professional association designed to meet the needs of K-12 EdTech leaders, their teams and other district leaders. CoSN provides thought leadership resources, community, best practices and advocacy tools to help edtech leaders succeed in the digital transformation. CoSN represents over 13 million students and continues to grow as a powerful and influential voice in K-12 education. CoSN.org

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