Study: Too few schools are teaching cyber safety

Teaching about safe and responsible internet use is increasingly important for today's digital natives.
Teaching about safe and responsible internet use is increasingly important for today's digital natives.

Students aren’t getting enough instruction in school on how to use technology and the internet in a safe and responsible manner, a new poll suggests.

Released by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and supported by Microsoft Corp., the survey found fewer than one-fourth of U.S. teachers have spent more than six hours on any kind of professional development related to cyber ethics, safety, or security within the last 12 months.

More than half of teachers reported their school districts do not require these subjects as part of the K-12 curriculum, and only 35 percent said they’ve taught proper online conduct to their students.…Read More

CoSN 2010: Innovation, ingenuity, and insight

Karen Cator will attend CoSN's 2010 conference and share her thoughts on technology in schools.
Karen Cator will attend CoSN's 2010 conference and share her thoughts on technology in schools.

The 2010 Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) Conference, which runs Feb. 28-March 3, 2010, will focus on innovation, ingenuity, and insight and will help district technology leaders from the public and private sectors learn how technology can improve and transform school technology.

Web 2.0 collaborative tools in education hold the potential to bridge national and cultural divides and remove barriers created by time and location.  Yet to date, formal education has largely failed to harness the power and promise of these new tools to create greater global awareness and understanding.

The 2010 CoSN International Symposium will explore major efforts to foster global understanding particularly with the use of Web 2.0 tools.  The Symposium will also consider organizational and logistical issues which hamper these efforts.  Presentations by and conversations with policymakers from around the world will highlight ways in which global understanding can become a serious and widespread component in teaching and learning in schools.…Read More

Volunteers honor MLK Day by helping schools with technology

Educators and web professionals participated in the MLK Day Technology Challenge, volunteering with schools and nonprofits.
Educators and IT professionals volunteered their ed-tech expertise during the MLK Day Technology Challenge on Jan. 18.

To help meet schools’ technology needs, several educators and web professionals volunteered their expertise during the Martin Luther King Day Technology Challenge on Jan. 18.

Part of the MLK Day of Service, the event—organized by the Obama administration—connected schools and nonprofits that have technology needs, such as skills training and mentorship, with web professionals, developers, graphic designers, and new media professionals who were willing to volunteer their skills for the common good.

Some projects were completed on the Martin Luther King Day holiday, Jan. 18, while others will last longer. Examples of needs submitted by schools and other nonprofit organizations included requests for volunteer teachers and tutors for English-language learners and a volunteer instructor to help seniors learn how to use computers.…Read More

CoSN keeps school leaders ahead of the times


At the Consortium for School Networking’s annual conference, held this year in Austin, Texas, March 10-12, issues such as the prevalence of Web 2.0 tools and the recession had school administrators and chief technology officers acknowledging the changing times–and what they must do not only to keep up, but to help give students the 21st-century education they deserve.

The local area’s slogan, “Keep Austin Weird,” seemed to come alive during CoSN’s welcoming reception on March 10 as vendors in business suits mingled with the sounds of a live mariachi band, and as educators tried to balance their smart phones in one hand and homemade guacamole in the other.…Read More

CoSN conference to focus on innovation in a collaborative world

With a focus on leadership, policy, and innovation in a collaborative world, the Consortium for School Networking’s (CoSN) Annual Conference kicks off March 10 in Austin, Texas.

Conference sessions will examine what a "Web 2.0 collaborative world" means in an education environment.  Attendees will explore what educational leaders need to do to enable collaboration, define the policies and vision that leverage these innovative new tools to enable 21st-century skills, learn about real-world action that education leaders can and are taking, and hear from global leaders about cutting-edge and scalable Web 2.0 solutions.

In an effort to have a global conversation, CoSN will focus its eighth annual International Symposium on  policy issues and leadership challenges associated with Web 2.0 in schools.  The daylong symposium will take place on March 10, and will draw upon work being done in a CoSN project being funded by the MacArthur Foundation titled, "Schools and Participatory Culture: Overcoming Policy and Leadership Barriers."…Read More

CoSN targets disaster preparedness and recovery with new web resource

Screen shot 2013-09-30 at 4.57.53 PMThe Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) has launched a new initiative aimed at helping school technology leaders protect valuable IT systems in case of an emergency.

Designed to help K-12 technology leaders ensure that their schools and districts are prepared for disaster before, during, and after it strikes, CoSN’s new IT Crisis Preparedness Initiative features planning guides, presentations, case studies, and other resources.

“Often when we think about being prepared for crises, we think about what we would do in the event of a natural disaster like a hurricane, flood, fire, or tornado. With this initiative, however, CoSN is reminding school technology leaders that crises can crop up at any time, and disasters are not limited to nature, season, region, or any other criteria,” said Sheryl Abshire, CoSN board chair and chief technology officer for Louisiana’s Calcasieu Parish School System.…Read More

CoSN offers green-computing, disaster help

At the National School Boards Association’s Technology + Learning (T+L) Conference in Seattle, the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) launched new initiatives aimed at helping school technology leaders manage two important ed-tech issues: improving energy efficiency and protecting IT systems in case of an emergency.

With its Green Computing Leadership Initiative, CoSN will provide tools to help school technology leaders reduce their school’s or district’s carbon footprint by conserving energy and reducing waste–while at the same time saving money.

The organization’s IT Crisis Preparedness Initiative will help school tech leaders ready their schools and districts for a potential crisis and will feature solutions for dealing with a disaster and protecting valuable data and IT infrastructure.…Read More