PRINCETON, N.J. – December 15, 2011 – edWeb.net, a professional social network for the education community, and CoSN, the Consortium for School Networking, announce the launch of Mobile Learning Explorations, an online professional learning community that provides a forum for the education community to come together to learn about and discuss the implementation of mobile technology in education. The program will be sponsored by AT&T.

The use of mobile devices in education is expanding rapidly as a way to help reduce the digital divide and provide a more cost-effective way for schools to implement technology solutions. Mobile Learning Explorations will share the latest news and trends as well as case studies and best practices established by schools districts and organizations on the forefront of mobile learning. Pioneering experts will explore the potential of laptops, tablets, and other hand-held devices to enrich learning, to bridge the digital divide, and to extend learning beyond the traditional school day.

The community’s monthly webinar series will begin with its first live event on “Leadership for Mobile Learning” on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 4 PM EST. All webinars will be hosted by Lucy Gray, Project Director for the Consortium for School Networking’s Leadership for Mobile Learning initiative. Lucy is an Apple Distinguished Educator and Google Certified teacher, and previously served as a teacher for the Chicago Public Schools and for the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools. She currently works as an independent consultant, advising a variety of non-profit institutions and businesses on 21st century learning initiatives.

An online professional learning community provides educators with the ability to connect and share information with colleagues, in their own state and across the globe, to accelerate the implementation of effective mobile learning programs. There is no charge for educators to participate in the program, and through edWeb’s partnership with MCH Strategic Data, the program will be promoted to more than 3 million educators across the country.

Keith Krueger, CEO for the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), commented, “As the National Education Technology Plan points out, educators can greatly benefit from online Communities of Practice, especially around emerging trends like mobile learning. CoSN is committed to helping educational leaders understand the educational potential of mobile learning, and the need for supportive leadership and policies. This series of webinars, as well as resources like CoSN’s Leadership for Mobile Learning (www.cosn.org/MobileLead), enable this much needed conversation.”

Kevin Carman, AT&T’s Associate Director of Education Field Marketing, added, “¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬We are pleased to be part of edWeb’s ‘Mobile Learning Explorations’ professional learning program. The combination of informative monthly webinars with a collaborative community creates a powerful vehicle for helping more educators learn how to integrate mobile technology into their classrooms.”

Lisa Schmucki, founder and CEO of edWeb.net, commented, “This is such a great example of how collaboration within the education industry can provide information and resources to help educators move forward faster with innovation. CoSN is making it possible for us to provide educators with valuable information and case studies. And we are so thankful to AT&T for providing the support so this can be free online professional development that benefits the entire education community.

Educators and members of the education industry are invited to join Mobile Learning Explorations at www.edweb.net/mobile.

For more information on the program, contact Lynn Scott, Program Director, at lynn@edweb.net, 800-575-6015 ext 105.

About edWeb.net

edWeb.net is a professional social network for the education community that makes it easy to connect and collaborate with colleagues, share information and best practices, and create professional learning communities. edWeb promotes collaboration with easy-to-use Web 2.0 tools that transform the way educators share information and receive professional development. edWeb hosts professional learning communities for educators that combine webinars with community on key topics in education. Through a partnership with MCH Strategic Data, edWeb reaches out to more than 3 million K-12 educators in the U. S. to promote the value of online collaboration. edWeb.net is free for educators and is funded with the support of partners and sponsors. For more information, contact Lisa Schmucki, founder and CEO, at 800-575-6015, ext. 100 or by email at lisa@edweb.net. Learn more at www.edweb.net.

About the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN)

CoSN is the premier professional association for school, district and educational service agency technology leaders. CoSN’s members are a unique blend of education and technology leaders and decision makers from the public and private sectors. The mission of CoSN is to empower K-12 district technology leaders to use technology strategically for the improvement of teaching and learning. CoSN provides leadership, community, and advocacy essential for the success of these leaders. Visit www.cosn.org or phone 866-267-8747 to find out more about CoSN’s Leadership Initiatives, annual conference and events, policy and advocacy, membership, and resources supporting and promoting leadership development to ensure that technology is used strategically for the improvement of teaching and learning in elementary and secondary schools. For more information, contact Jennifer Cummings at 202-822-9491 or by email at jcummings@cosn.org. Learn more at www.cosn.org.

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