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CoSN Calls for Conference Presenters

The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) is soliciting presentations for its annual education technology conference.

The theme of the CoSN 2012 Annual Conference, to be held in Washington, DC in early March, is "Reimagine Learning: Leading in a Time of Constant Change." It will focus on developing strategies for education "in a world where learning is no longer confined to four walls and seven bells" and will concentrate on mobile learning technologies, student engagement, self-paced learning, and digital resources, among other topics, all within the context of current economic realities.

Proposals can be submitted by academic experts, education leaders at the school and district level, education technology leaders, and policymakers. (Companies aren't eligible to submit proposals.) Proposals must follow the conference theme and should correlate with the "Framework of Essential Skills of the K-12 CTO," which includes 10 broad skill areas, among them:

  • Leadership, vision, strategic planning;
  • Ethics;
  • Focus on instruction, stakeholder needs, and professional development;
  • Data, business, communications, and systems management; and
  • Team building.

Alice E. Owen, executive director of technology at Irving Independent School District in Texas and co-chair of the CoSN 2012 event, explained the conference is aiming to stimulate discussions around new models for learning.

"Today's evolving technology has a role to play in making education more engaging and dynamic for students and educators," Owens said in a prepared statement, "so it is essential that districts truly 'Reimagine Learning.' Next year's CoSN Conference will stimulate vital dialogue on this reality and help districts to transcend the education landscape and reach [new] heights."

CoSN 2012 will open March 5 and run through March 7 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC. The deadline for presentation proposals is July 8. CoSN has posted submission guidelines and an online form for submitting proposals. Additional details can be found on CoSN's call for presentations portal.

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 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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