The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) recently launched a new web site promoting the benefits of open technologies as part of its “K-12 Open Technologies” Leadership Initiative. The site and the broader initiative are co-sponsored by technology hardware provider IBM and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, an educational grant provider. The new web site provides information on the benefits of open technologies in the K-12 environment, including open-source software, open standards, and hardware. CoSN says its new web site explores the potential benefits of open technologies–including cost savings, data integrity, interoperability, flexibility, stability, increased access to information, and greater student collaboration–as well as the challenges associated with these technologies. The site provides articles, answers to frequently-asked questions, news, and extensive resource links to assist school technologists. Coming in September, CoSN plans to release the first in a series of Open Technologies Implementation Studies to help educators understand the issues involved in implementing these technologies in K-12 schools.

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