Exploring the Role of Technology in Individualized Learning and Student Achievement at CoSN 12th Annual K-12 School Networking Conference

Washington, DC (December 6, 2006) – Bridging Individualized Learning and High Stakes Accountability is the theme of the Consortium for School Networking’s (CoSN) 12th Annual Conference from March 28-30, 2007, in San Francisco, CA. The theme reflects the trend that incorporating education technology as a tool to personalize the learning experience for students is increasingly possible. Coupled with that is the reality that parents, policymakers, and other stakeholders are demanding higher levels of accountability.

“The CoSN conference will start an important conversation in the U.S. about how education technology can both personalize learning and boost student achievement,” said Katie Lovett, Chief Information Officer at Fulton County Schools and Co-Chair of CoSN’s Conference and Events Planning Committee. “The meeting will be an opportunity for education decision-makers from across the country and around the world to share best practices for implementing technology in schools to accomplish both goals.”

Plenary speakers include:
*Sir Michael Barber – Expert Partner, Global Public Sector Practice, McKinsey & Company and Former Head of British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s Delivery Unit;

*Doug Brown, Deputy Director – Head of Learning Technologies, Department of Education and Skills, UK;

*L. Michael Golden, Deputy Secretary, Office of Information and Educations Technology, Pennsylvania Department of Education;

*Patricia Renzulli, Senior Vice President of Technology, School District of Philadelphia, PA;

*Jack D. Dale, EdD, Superintendent, Fairfax County Public Schools, VA;

*Jean Johnson, Project Director, Notschool.net, an innovative online project to reengage drop-outs back into learning;

*And many more.

The three-day meeting will bring together nearly 1,000 district, state and national education technology leaders, as well as state and federal policymakers and education technology leaders from around the world, to explore and discuss the many ways in which education technology can be leveraged to individualize learning and improve student achievement.

In addition, conference sessions will explore:

*What is essential for technology decision-makers to help take charge of accountability and learning?

*How are schools leveraging technology to advance student learning and what can families and stakeholders expect?

*How does data-based decision-making lead to a transformation in teaching and learning?
*How can accessible technologies support increased achievement for all students?

These and many other questions will be the focus of the conference, with the goal being for attendees to gain and share insights about the value of technology in education as a means to improve learning and performance.

In addition, prior to the conference, on March 27, 2007, CoSN will host the 6th Annual International Symposium, Using Games and Simulations for Engaged Learning, which will explore the phenomenon of digital learning and explore examples of how these tools are being used in schools to advance objectives and goals for student learning. Key speakers include a number of education technology thought leaders from around the globe:

*Marc Prensky, Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer, games2train.com and Corporate Gameware, LLC;

*Lord (David) Puttnam, Education Advisor to the British Government and former Oscar winning Producer of ‘Chariots of Fire,’ ‘The Killing Fields,’ ‘The Mission’ and ‘Midnight Express’;

*Plus leading educational gaming experts from Australia, Japan and Korea, just to name a few.
Complete program information, along with details on registration and travel, can be found at the official conference web site

About the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN)

The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) is the country’s premier voice in education technology leadership with a mission to serve as the national organization for K-12 technology leaders who use technology strategically to ultimately improve teaching and learning. CoSN provides products and services to support and nurture leadership development, advocacy, coalition building, and awareness of emerging technologies.

CoSN leadership initiatives include: Accessible Technologies for All Students (www.accessibletech4all.org); Cyber Security for the Digital District (www.securedistrict.org); Data-Driven Decision-Making (www.3d2know.org); K-12 Open Technologies (www.k12opentech.org); Taking Total Cost of Ownership to the Classroom (www.classroomtco.org); Value of Investment (www.edtechvoi.org) and the development of the Council of School District Chief Technology Officers (CTO Council).

CoSN’s membership includes a unique blend of education and technology leaders, policy makers, and influencers from the public and private sectors. Our audience includes key technology leaders (often called Chief Technology Officers–CTOs) in leading-edge states and districts, policy makers, private sector leaders, as well as those technology leaders who wish to accelerate their districts’ or states’ systemic technology use. Visit www.cosn.org or phone 866.267.8747 to find out more about CoSN’s programs and activities supporting leadership development to ensure that information technology has a direct and positive impact on student learning in elementary and secondary schools.

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