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January 24th, 2012
Ed-tech group outlines goals to help schools implement technology
CoSN celebrates its 20th anniversary by outlining new educational technology advocacy efforts
One of the nation’s major educational technology advocacy groups has identified five key goals in a new three-year advocacy plan that will help advance new K-12 ed-tech learning opportunities.
The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), while celebrating its 20th anniversary, released its Strategic Plan: 2012-2015, which updates CoSN’s advocacy efforts.
“We’re excited to launch our new strategic plan, particularly at a time when CoSN is celebrating two decades of success in school system technology,” said CoSN CEO Keith Krueger. “We undertook this effort to reframe, refocus, and refresh our objectives, as it’s important to ensure that our goals and priorities continue to evolve along with today’s ever-changing technology environment. Our new plan does that, and we look forward to strengthening our organization and thought leadership in the years ahead.”
To execute its mission, CoSN identified the following five external goals:
Close the Access Gap: Increase awareness of requirements to close the technology access gap for learning inside and outside of school.
As educational technology changes at a fast pace, schools and districts must deal with infrastructure requirements made necessary by an increase in online, mobile, and blended learning, as well as use of digital content and tools.
High-speed broadband and wireless connectivity are essential in supporting schools’ missions to provide students with access to high-quality digital and online learning opportunities. Some schools face challenges as they strive to update aging infrastructure.
CoSN plans to offer more resources to help schools navigate the challenges that accompany infrastructure upgrades, deploying broadband networks, and working to close the technology access gap.