CoSN’s new online community of practice will serve district technology leaders, superintendents, school boards, educational service agencies, and other education stakeholders. It will focus first on student-owned devices, followed by broadband access. Future areas of focus might include cloud computing, mobile computing, enabling home access, wireless access, and network design, among others.
“Access, better connections, more sharing, and increased transparency will ensure progress towards an improved educational opportunity for all students,” said Karen Cator, director of ED’s Office of Educational Technology. “Bringing together the insights, experiences, tech savvy, and thought leadership of a diverse group of district leaders is critical to taking the dialogue on [technology] access to the next level.”
“Our goal with Access4Ed.net is to create an online space for innovative strategies to take root and flourish,” said Hilary LaMonte, director of Online Communities at CoSN. LaMonte joined CoSN in late 2010 to lead the project.
Some of the first content to debut in the new online community of practice will be video interviews of education leaders discussing their views on top access-related issues at CoSN 2011. In addition, CoSN soon will post case studies chronicling leading districts’ experiences with student-owned devices, as well as its recently released Acceptable Use Policy Guide.
To learn more about the Connected Online Communities of Practice project and “Connect and Inspire,” visit http://edcocp.org.
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