The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) will hold its 2013 International Symposium, themed Digital Inclusion: The Global Imperative of Bridging Schools and Home, on Mon., March 11, in San Diego, Calif. Scheduled to take place at CoSN’s 2013 Annual Conference, the full-day Symposium will feature experts from government, industry and philanthropy on the growing imperative for new strategies and policies to achieve a ubiquitous technology environment at school, at home and in the community.

U.S. Congressman George Miller, the Senior Democrat of the U.S. House Education and Workforce Committee, will address the International Symposium in remarks at the luncheon. This year, Congressman Miller launched a new legislative initiative to boost the use of hi-tech resources in U.S. public schools. The Transforming Education Through Technology Act would require states and school districts to develop plans and policies that put the best technology in the hands of students and teachers to support learning and achievement for all students, including allowing students and teachers to receive real-time feedback, exchange information, and connect instantly with peers beyond school walls.
Symposium participation requires advanced sign-up. Online registration is open until Thursday, February 21.

“UNESCO is delighted to join forces with CoSN in this international exploration of avenues that can address the critical issue of digital inclusion, increasingly seen as a policy imperative,” said Francesc Pedro, Chief, Teacher Development and Education Policies, Division for Teachers and Higher Education, UNESCO and Co-chair of the International Symposium.

“The purpose of the Symposium is not to simply talk about the need to bridge learning inside and outside school, but to also give participants the tools for reframing the conversation when they return to their organizations,” said Keith Krueger, CEO of CoSN.