Watch eSN-TV for video highlights of ed-tech events

The Consortium for School Networking’s annual conference might be smaller than some of the other events on the ed-tech scene in terms of attendance, but it’s certainly not smaller in scope or stature. CoSN’s annual conference is always a premier stop for some of the brightest ed-tech minds in the nation–and this year’s conference in San Francisco improved on an already successful formula by attracting noted educators and presenters from around the world. Bringing all of these talented individuals together under one roof provided for some fascinating commentary–so it’s fortunate, then, that eSN-TV was on hand to cover the proceedings.

You’ll find some of our coverage of CoSN’s 12th annual conference on pages 1 and 24 of this issue. But that’s only a small portion of our coverage. At eSN Online, you’ll also find several video news clips featuring highlights of conference sessions and speakers. You can watch these video news clips, and access our entire breadth of 2007 CoSN conference coverage, at this link:

Personalized Learning

As our story on page 24 indicates, personalizing instruction was a key theme at this year’s show. At the opening general session, attendees learned of two creative, yet distinct, approaches to using technology to personalize the learning experience for students. To view highlights of this illuminating session, go to:

‘Know your audience’

During the conference, eSN-TV had the chance to sit down with Lord David Puttnam, Oscar-winning film producer (The Killing Fields, Chariots of Fire) and British education official, to discuss what education can learn from the entertainment industry, as well as what Great Britain has learned from its extensive push to outfit classrooms with interactive whiteboards. Hear what Lord Puttnam had to say:

Whiteboard Shootout

Speaking of whiteboards, be sure to check out our coverage of a spirited roundtable discussion of the value of interactive whiteboards–and whether they provide an adequate return on your technology investment. With debate on this topic heating up in districts from coast to coast, this is one video you won’t want to miss:

Classrooms of the Future

Through a video address to conference attendees, Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell outlined a $200 million initiative dubbed "Classrooms of the Future." The program aims to give a laptop computer to every high school student, hire technology coaches for the high schools, and train teachers to fully leverage these tools. Rendell says these changes aren’t a "luxury," but a "necessity," as the United States risks falling behind its competitors. For more on this revolutionary program, go to:

Our in-depth video coverage of CoSN’s 2007 conference would not have been possible without the support of SMART Technologies, nComputing, and CCC! Video on Demand and the cooperation of CoSN and Cable in the Classroom. CIC’s executive director, Helen Soule, sat down with eSN-TV in San Francisco to discuss her organization’s outreach efforts. To hear what Soule had to say, go to:

New Educator’s Resource Centers for May

Professional Development (sponsored by Atomic Learning)

Document Management (sponsored by Hewlett-Packard Co.)

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