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#CoSN 16 Session – Digital Equity Challenges: Strategies for Bridging the Home/School Connection

Calling all CoSN 2016 attendees! Don’t miss Tuesday’s session about digital equity challenges – check out the details below:

Digital Equity Challenges: Strategies for Bridging the Home/School Connection
Tuesday 9:15-10:15 a.m. – Cardoza
Click here to learn more

K-12 education is going digital; but without leadership, clear policies and new strategies, students from the poorest families will be left behind when they leave the school campus. Some call this the homework gap because 75% of teachers report they assign homework requiring Internet access. Explore what is the scope the problem and describe how some school districts are undertaking innovative strategies to address the major concern. At the heart of this challenge is redefining equal educational opportunity in a digital era.

Presenters:
Keith Krueger, CEO, CoSN
Julie Evans, Chief Executive Officer, Project Tomorrow
Laura Hansen, Director, Information Management and Decision Support, Metro Nashville Public Schools
Deborah Karcher, Chief Information Officer, Miami-Dade County Public Schools
Jeff Moss, Superintendent, Beaufort County School District
Dereck Rhoads, Chief Instructional Officer, Beaufort County School District

Planning to attend this session? Let us know on Twitter!

Sneak Peek: Speak Up America 2015

Speak Up America 2015 is only five days away! Our weeklong celebration of past, present, and new Speak Up participants takes place from December 7th-11th. During this event there will be a daily release of Speak Up 2015 preliminary data snapshots, recognition of our current top participants, and opportunities to win free conference registrations and multiple chances to receive a classroom or school grant! Get a sneak peek of some of our prizes below:

Free National Conference Registration
Our friends at the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) have offered one CoSN 2016 Annual Conference registration (a $649 value for non-members) to one lucky Speak Up district! Get ready to join hundreds of your peers for Accelerating Success: Powered by an E-Learning Culture in Washington, D.C. from April 4-7, 2016. Just submit as many surveys as you can during Speak Up America week to enter this contest! Click here to learn more about the CoSN 2016 Annual Conference.

Free Regional Conference Registrations

Nebraska Districts: Mark your calendars for April 21st-22nd, 2016 for the 2016 Spring NETA Conference! “Embrace Your Passion” of edtech and get your surveys in for an opportunity to win a free conference registration for one lucky member of your team ($159 value). Our friends at NETA have offered a free conference registration to one district in the state. All you need to do is encourage your schools to participate in Speak Up during the week of Speak Up America (December 7th-11th). The more surveys you get in, the more chances to you have to win! Learn more about the NETA conference and all of its great offerings here.

Texas Districts: Planning on attending TCEA in February and haven’t registered yet or want to bring another member of your team? Here’s your chance! Encourage your schools to participate in Speak Up for the chance to win a free conference registration ($180 value) to the TCEA 2016 Convention & Exposition in Austin, Texas. Learn more about the conference and all its great offerings here.

To enter into your district into our competition for a chance to win these conference registrations, all you need to do is submit as many surveys as you can during Speak Up America week! Every survey submitted from December 7th through December 11th will be entered into the drawing. Start spreading the word about our weeklong event to your school(s) – visit our website for more information.

Speak Up Family and Friends: CoSN’s Awards & Recognitions are open for nominations!

Calling all edtech leaders! Our friends at CoSN are accepting nominations for their 2016 awards through this Friday, November 20, 2015. Awards are given to individuals and teams who demonstrate outstanding vision in K-12 education technology. Feel free to nominate yourself or any great leaders you know! All award winners will be recognized at CoSN’s Annual Conference and will receive complimentary conference registrations, honoraria, and media coverage.

CoSN is accepting nominations for the following awards:

Withrow CTO Award
This award recognizes an exceptional district CTO who serves as a technology champion and whose leadership has been transformative for his or her school system.

Team Award
The Team Award honors a district leadership team for its transformative impact on ed tech and its work to improve student learning.

Award for Excellence in Public Service
This award recognizes an elected or appointed official for his or her achievements in advocacy and policy to promote the use of K-12 education technology. In some years, a similar award, the Partnerships that Matter Award, is given to an organization (rather than an individual) which has been a public service champion.

Kathy Hurley Private Sector Champion
The Private Sector Champion award honors an individual from the private sector for outstanding service to the education technology community.

Volunteer of the Year Award
This award honors a volunteer who has provided exemplary support to CoSN in a volunteer capacity, including on our committees or state chapters. We also honor several of our volunteers with induction into the CoSN Volunteer Hall of Fame.

OTHER RECOGNITION
CoSN sometimes recognizes members outside the structure of our formal awards program. Current recognition opportunities include:

NextGeneration Leaders Program
CoSN created the NextGeneration Leaders program in the fall of 2015 to recognize and support emerging leaders in education technology. If you have been in the industry for no more than 5 years, this is the program for you!

To learn more about CoSN’s Awards, please visit their website here.

Speak Up Family and Friends Upcoming Events

Happy Monday! Each week we’ll post upcoming events and programs from our Speak Up partners and sponsors. Check out the events below:

Alliance for Excellent Education
Webinar: “Lessons Learned from Fifty Years of Federal Education Policy”
May 18, 2:30PM ET
Click here to learn more

CoSN
Webinar: “Online Assessments: Are You Ready?”
May 14, 1:00PM ET
Click here to register

DreamBox Learning
Whitepaper: “Nurturing the Middle School Mathematical Mind”
Download here
Click here to view the whitepaper

National School Boards Association
CUBE Webinar: “Brown v. Board of Education Digital Learning Day”
May 18, 3:15PM ET
Click here to learn more

Will you be attending any of these events? Let us know in the comment section!

CoSN 2015: 10 Reasons Why Flipping the Classroom Can Change Education

Last week’s 2015 CoSN Conference in Atlanta, Georgia featured several sessions about digital learning, special programs, educational technology, and an interesting overall dialogue about K-12 education technology. One spotlight presentation, held by Kathleen Fulton, president of Fulton Creative Consulting, listed the “Top 10 Reasons Why Flipping the Classroom Can Change Education.” Check out the list below:

  1. Maximizes class time
  2. Individualizes instruction
  3. Creates peer learning opportunities
  4. Improves effectiveness
  5. Excites teachers
  6. Interests students
  7. Flipping benefits parents
  8. It uses resources effectively
  9. Builds 21st Century skills
  10. Flipped classrooms could be the future of education
To learn more about each reason, as well as Fulton’s caveats for each reason, check out the original article, “CoSN 2015: 10 Reasons Flipped Classrooms Could Change Education” by D. Frank Smith (EdTech Magazine). You can also learn more about flipped learning through Kathleen Fulton’s book of the same name.
During the fall of 2014, over 521,865 K-12 students, teachers, administrators, parents, and community members participated in the 12th annual Speak Up online surveys facilitated by the national education nonprofit organization, Project Tomorrow© in conjunction with the Flipped Learning Network™.
For the third year in a row, specific questions were asked of teachers, librarians, and building and district administrators on flipped learning and the use of videos in the classroom. Educators and administrators weighed in on professional development when learning how to flip a class. Students lent their voices on flipped learning, videos as homework, and how (and how often) they use learning and social media tools. Click here to learn more.

CoSN (the Consortium for School Networking) is the premier professional association for district technology leaders. For over two decades, CoSN has provided leaders with the management, community building, and advocacy tools they need to succeed. Today, CoSN represents over 10 million students in school districts nationwide and continues to grow as a powerful and influential voice in K-12 education.

CoSN 2015: The Eight Essentials for Success in Mobile Learning

Tuesday, March 17
9:15-10:15am – M301
Focus Area: Pioneering Innovation

Presenters: 
Chris Dede, Wirth Professor in Learning Technologies, Harvard University
Julie Evans, CEO, Project Tomorrow

Description:
Researchers and developers have generated many insights about how to design, deliver, and evaluate highly successful mobile learning projects. These strategies for effective development and sustainability are summarized below, categorized as “8 essentials”:
• Purposeful planning for mobile device usage
• Leveraging content and curriculum that is mobile-empowered
• Understanding the power of Internet access
• Preparing educators effectively
• Securing leadership buy-in
• Building personal learner efficacy and capacity for self-directed learning
• Measuring project results with meaningful metrics
• Creating an ecosystem that is sustainable and scalable
Applying these strategies will greatly increase the chances for success of a mobile learning initiative.

This session will present examples illustrating successful use for each of the eight strategies. Participants will gain insights into how to develop, implement, and evaluate mobile learning initiatives.

Augmented Reality in the Classroom

When we think of augmented reality (or AR) we tend to think of video games in which players fully immerse themselves in the digital experience. While AR does stand for the augmentation of what users see in the “real world” with additional information, the point of mobile AR – the use of mobile devices to augment one’s experience – is not to immerse participants in their devices but to give them a heightened sense of their surroundings.

During the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) Conference in March, participants used their phones

Lucy Grant (Educational Technology
Consultant), Barbara Treacy (Director
of EDC’s EdTech Leaders Online Program),
and Julie Evans participating
during the 2014 CoSN AR Experience.
(Photo provided by Heidi Larson)

to transform their surroundings during an Augmented Reality experience guided by Heidi Larson, Chris Dede, Matt Dunleavy, and a team of developers. Together the participants explored the benefits and challenges of the use of AR in classrooms, and were even able to sample their own AR history experience and discuss other AR experiences (i.e. for a social science experience, students could augment a town hall setting and take on the roles of voter, tax payer, and mayor). They found that students could benefit from AR by being able to study a topic in depth, work in teams, and learn more by teaching each other. Furthermore, teachers and chief technology officers may face challenges when it comes to building AR experiences but the payoff would be immense, as the experiences could be re-used from one year to the next.

While some AR experiences require time and a highly skilled team of developers, not all do. There are some simple versions that can just make presentations or pictures of students talk and show images or videos. Given this information, the options for AR use within the classroom are limitless and definitely worth exploring.

To learn more about the 2014 CoSN AR Experience, check out Heidi Larson’s original article “Augmented Reality: Good for Schools?

Heidi Larson specializes in virtual education, online collaboration, educational technology, and professional development. For over 10 years, she has advanced the efforts of EDC initiatives in these and other key aspects of education reform. Heidi is the State Outreach and Cross-REL/Technical Assistance Coordinator for the Regional Educational Laboratory Northeast and Islands at EDC and the Ed Tech Community of Practice lead for the Investing in Innovation (i3) Fund grantees. She is also developing online instructional modules about the use of social media in growing a business for EDC’s Social Technology Enabled Professional program. One of Heidi’s interests is how mobile technology and social media can benefit teaching and learning for educators and administrators, as well as students.

CoSN 2014 Attendees!

It’s not too late to stop by CEO of Project Tomorrow, Julie Evans’s panel session Tomorrow (3/21) at 10:30AM with Chris Dede!

New Strategies for Transformational Learning: Building Professional Development Capacity through Mobile Technologies

Presenters Julie Evans, CEO, Project Tomorrow with Chris Dede
Wirth Professor in Learning Technologies
Harvard University
Description Mobile learning for both students and educators is expanding and evolving rapidly. This session highlights insights from several mobile learning initiatives that span the range of new tools, media, and instructional strategies. Its focus is how mobile devices enable novel, effective forms of professional development that increase engagement and learning by both educators and students. Descriptions of exemplary projects across the country will provide you with strategies for leveraging mobile technologies to address key professional development challenges as well as enhance student instruction.
Focus Area Vision & Leadership
Essential Skill 1 Instructional Focus & Professional Development
Essential Skill 2 Leadership and Vision
Audience School System Administrators
Room Cardoza