February 28-March 3, 2010 in Washington, DC

We look forward to seeing those of you who have already registered for the conference in a few weeks– and want to let you know that it is not too late to register. We hope that the information in this email will help make your conference experience productive.

NEW This Year: CoSN’s Live Learning Center
Expand your professional development at the 15th Annual CoSN Conference in person or if you are unable to be in Washington, DC, February 28-March 3, with Live Learning Center (LLC)!  More than 75 hours of presentations will be recorded and available 24/7 in streaming media format. You will be able to see and hear most concurrent and spotlight sessions. Audio of the presentations will be fully synchronized to session PowerPoints and hand outs and provides attendees and non-attendees the same multimedia experience. You can either listen online or download any or all sessions to your PDA for professional development on the go!

This enhanced value LLC package is available to conference registrants for an additional pre-event price of $99 (the price increases to $129 onsite so order early!). Don’t worry about missing conference sessions you’re unable to attend, you can still hear and see sessions at times that fit your schedule. If you are not attending the conference this year, you can purchase the package after the conference for $149.

The LLC is helping CoSN to Going Green.  We are encouraging conference attendees to download the hand outs of sessions you plan to attend ahead of time. Download copies prior to coming to Washington (FREE for all conference attendees) and then log on afterwards to participate in the LLC at www.softconference.com/COSN

CoSN Friends of Advocacy  
Help set the agenda for the future by becoming a CoSN Friend of Advocacy (FOA) and make a difference in improving the educational experiences of students.  Whether you are currently a FOA or wish to join, you are invited to attend a special event on Sunday, February 28 from 7:30-9:30 pm at a private residence, close to the hotel, that was formerly the Thai embassy. The invitation to the 2010 Ed Tech Stars Reception and other information on the FOA program are at the link above. You will receive benefits and recognition throughout the year whether you are an Individual FOA or a Corporate FOA.

And don’t forget – plan on attending CoSN’s 6th Annual Auction for Advocacy on Monday, March 1 from 5:00-7:00 pm. Enjoy the fun and raise money to support CoSN advocacy efforts.

Add a Pre-Conference Event to your Schedule
Sunday, February 28

9th Annual International Symposium
Learn how countries around the world are using technology in education, and why increased global understanding is an economic and social imperative for our schools. The Symposium is from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. Advanced registration is required; $155 for CoSN members, $255 for non-members.

Register for one from 9:00 am to noon

•   Bootcamp for School District Technology Leaders/CTOs
    Advanced registration is required: $85 for CoSN members, $125 for non-members.

•   Leadership for Crisis Preparedness
    Advanced registration is required: Special pricing $39 for CoSN members, $59 for non-members.

Register for one from 1:30 to 4:30 pm

•   How 2 b A Disruptive Leader!  
    Advanced registration is required: $85 for CoSN members, $125 for non-members.

•   Mastering the Moment: Technology Leadership for Transformation during Economic Crisis.  
     Advanced registration is required: Special pricing $39 for CoSN members, $59 for non-members.

NOTE: Please call 877-883-1786 x 407 to add one or more of these events pr the LLC to your registration.

Then add a Post Conference Event
Wednesday, March 3

Washington Education Technology Policy Summit (7:30 am to 4:00 pm)
This promises to be a very important year for federal legislation. You can learn all about pending issues and help shape the future policy agenda for education technology at the Washington Education Technology Policy Summit, a one-day conference where you will receive briefings in the morning and go to Capitol Hill in the afternoon to meet with your representatives. Summit organizers will arrange your meetings and prepare you with appropriate talking points. Advanced registration is required: $25 includes breakfast.

ED Tech Field Trip (7:00 am to 3:00 pm)
Jump on the bus to Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Fairfax County, VA and then back to McKinley Technology High School in Washington, DC to experience technology-use in schools as you’ve never seen it before! Advance registration is required: $99 includes breakfast, lunch and transportation.

NOTE: Please call 877-883-1786 x 407 to add one of these events to your schedule or purchase the LLC.

Thanks to CoSN 2010 Exhibitors and Sponsors
Thanks to all our exhibitors and sponsors. We encourage attendees to spend time visiting the exhibit hall to learn about the new products and services being offered.  View the full list of sponsors, Exhibitor Information and Exhibit Hall Hours now.

Log on to www.cosn.org more information about the conference!

About the Author:

Meris Stansbury

Meris Stansbury is the Editorial Director for both eSchool News and eCampus News, and was formerly the Managing Editor of eCampus News. Before working at eSchool Media, Meris worked as an assistant editor for The World and I, an online curriculum publication. She graduated from Kenyon College in 2006 with a BA in English, and enjoys spending way too much time either reading or cooking.