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

CoSN conference offers blueprint for ed tech

"The greatest challenge we face with ed tech and with evolving education is human," said Keith Krueger, chief executive officer of the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), at the group’s 13th annual K-12 School Networking Conference in Arlington, Va., earlier this month.

Krueger was referring to the importance of innovation, teamwork, and strong leadership in achieving successful school technology programs–and this theme was repeated throughout the three-day event, held March 10-12.

As highlighted by many conference speakers and sessions, successful 21st-century school programs must be engaging to students, must be assessed properly and adequately, and must be championed by knowledgeable staff.…Read More