Washington, DC – November 16, 2007 CoSN today announced the launch of the Small School District Technology Leadership wiki, which was created with support from the National Technology Activities contract with the U.S. Department of Education. The wiki will help with systematic planning at the local level for district- and school-based technologies. The objective of this project is to develop a set of resources that fit the needs of small school districts, those with student populations of 2,500 or less. Of the over 14,000 school districts in the United States, nearly seventy-five percent of them have student populations of less than 2,500.

"CoSN recognizes that technology leadership concerns and needs of small districts are typically impacted by a different set of resource, personnel and even expertise constraints than are experienced in larger or medium-sized districts," said CEO of CoSN Keith Krueger. "The content found on the CoSN wiki may prove useful for any district but is particularly focused on the specific needs and challenges of small school districts."

All of the content and resources are mapped to the nine skill areas defined in CoSN’s published monograph, "What It Takes: Essential Skills of the K-12 CTO". While the job title may not always be Chief Technology Officer (CTO), this title is used generically to refer to the main person or, as is often true in small districts, the main people responsible for technology leadership and decision making in the school system.

The idea behind CoSN’s Small School District Technology Leadership wiki is that school technology leaders in small school districts are not only able to access and make use of resources provided by CoSN and other sources, but are additionally able – and encouraged – to contribute to the site by adding their own best practices, tips, strategies, case studies and resources. They are also encouraged to start or contribute to discussions taking place on the wiki.

If you’ve never used a wiki before, don’t worry! Wikis are actually very easy to use, and online help pages are available if needed. Small school district technology leaders can stay informed about current content of interest by using the "watch" tab at the top of any wiki-page. This will produce a watchlist of pages they want to track.

To start accessing resources, best practices, case studies and more on the CoSN Small School District Technology Leadership wiki, just go to www.cosn.org/wiki.

About the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN)

CoSN is the country’s premier voice in education technology leadership, serving K-12 technology leaders who through their strategic use of technology 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: Using Technology to Raise the Achievement of 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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