Webcasts Focus on Ed Tech Professional Development


The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) is launching its fourth series of Webcasts for K-12 education technology leaders. Each hour-long interactive Webcast is free for CoSN members and designed to correlate with the organization's Skills Framework for K-12 CTOs.

The first in the series will be held Oct. 15 at 1 p.m. EDT on the topic of "The Growing Disconnect Between Educators and Students Around Technology." t will focus on the role of technology in education and data revealed in the Speak Up 2007 survey showing some major differences in attitudes toward technology between teachers, students, and parents.

Subsequent sessions will run into May 2009 and will include:

  • Nov. 19, 2008: What Superintendents Need from YOU, the Technology Leader
  • Dec. 10, 2008: Major Technology Trends That School District CTOs Must Know
  • Jan. 21, 2009: Long Tail Learners: How Technology Transforms Learning
  • April 15, 2009: Hot Technology Trends
  • May 13, 2009: Web 2.0 in Education: Policies and Leadership

All of the sessions will start at 1 p.m. Eastern.

"We recognize that access to timely, thought-provoking information helps our members to effectively take leadership roles in their schools or districts in new and innovative ways," said Keith Krueger, CEO of CoSN, in a statement released this week. "That is precisely why, for the fourth year in a row, we're hosting this interactive Webcast series that allows technology officers to take a few moments out of their day to connect with leading minds in education technology. Each of the Web sessions will afford K-12 technology officers an opportunity not only to hear or watch the presentations being made, but also allows them to interact, to ask questions and to learn from the lessons, examples and best practices of their peers."

The Webcasts are free for CoSN members and $59 for non-members. Further information can be found here.

About the Author

David Nagel is editorial director of 1105 Media's Education Technology Group and editor-in-chief of THE Journal and STEAM Universe. A 25-year publishing veteran, Nagel has led or contributed to dozens of technology, art and business publications.

He can be reached at dnagel@1105media.com. You can also connect with him on LinkedIn at or follow him on Twitter at @THEJournalDave (K-12) or @CampusTechDave (higher education).

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