With a focus on leadership, policy, and innovation in a collaborative world, the Consortium for School Networking’s (CoSN) Annual Conference kicks off March 10 in Austin, Texas.
Conference sessions will examine what a "Web 2.0 collaborative world" means in an education environment. Attendees will explore what educational leaders need to do to enable collaboration, define the policies and vision that leverage these innovative new tools to enable 21st-century skills, learn about real-world action that education leaders can and are taking, and hear from global leaders about cutting-edge and scalable Web 2.0 solutions.
In an effort to have a global conversation, CoSN will focus its eighth annual International Symposium on policy issues and leadership challenges associated with Web 2.0 in schools. The daylong symposium will take place on March 10, and will draw upon work being done in a CoSN project being funded by the MacArthur Foundation titled, "Schools and Participatory Culture: Overcoming Policy and Leadership Barriers."
District-level technology directors, curriculum directors, superintendents, principals, and state and federal government officials are just some of the educators and leaders expected to attend.
The conference features "strands" that will give attendees in-depth looks at specific topic areas.
A strand on content and integration will showcase best practices in the use of information-such as digital content-and communication technologies for student learning.
Another, in the field of innovative use of emerging technologies, will highlight leading-edge school districts in their use of emerging technologies and innovative applications, and share how these districts are educating public, private, and legislative decision-makers about technologies as they are implemented and applied in their schools.
Open technologies are becoming a staple in many educators’ teaching repertoires, and sessions in that will cover the fundamental areas associated with implementing and integrating open technologies into districts, schools, and classrooms.
Keynote speakers include Don Tapscott, an international authority on the strategic value and impact of information technology; Clayton Christensen, a Harvard University professor who focuses on managing innovation and creating new growth markets; and Michael Horn, co-founder of a nonprofit think tank that applies theories of disruptive innovation to problems in the social sector.