If you are a tech director and were looking for a place where everyone knows your name, CoSN18 in Washington, DC was that place. It was a gathering of more than 1,000 chief technology officers (CTOs), and the theme was Designing Learning in the 4th Industrial Revolution.

This was my first time attending a COSN conference. So not only did I look like a CoSN conference newbie, but my badge ribbon “First Timer” gave me away. However, I promise it won’t be my last! How often do edtech leaders have the opportunity to spend four days sharing and discussing the great work going on in our districts? This conference was about showcasing how our districts are envisioning, developing, and implementing technology initiatives that support our students and educators.

My 8 favorite things about CoSN 2018

1. The conference app. Who doesn’t love a good app? The CoSN conference app was very easy to navigate and had a visually appealing interface. Everywhere you looked, CTOs were walking around with their eyes on their phones, looking for the session room locations and lunch schedules. My favorite features of the app were the Social Media, What’s on Next, and Activity Feeds options.

2. Innovation Central. Unlike other exhibit halls with large spaces, walls, and furniture, the kiosk-style format at CoSN18 provided an informal and casual layout that the attendees seemed to enjoy. As it was located in the main ballroom, CTOs had the opportunity to meet with the vendors before and after lunch or after spotlight sessions.

(Next page: More of my favorite experiences at CoSN18)

About the Author:

Eileen Belastock is director of technology for Mount Greylock Regional School District in Williamstown, Mass., and a board member of MassCUE, an ISTE Affiliate.


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