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What leads teachers to use new technology products or services to improve their practice? Learning Forward recently concluded a study that investigated factors that drive teachers to embrace or challenge the use of products and services designed to support improvements in practice. Findings from the study can assist education leaders...

Cyber security and broadband/network capacity are the top priorities for school technology leaders, and budget constraints are their top challenge. A transition from print-to-digital materials is taking longer than projected, and twice as many districts that are seeking to create a 1:1 (device to student) environment are providing the device...

The majority of school districts (85 percent) fully meet the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC’s) short-term goal for broadband connectivity of 100 Mbps per 1,000 students. However, recurring costs remain the most significant barrier for schools in their efforts to increase connectivity, CoSN revealed in its 2017 Annual Infrastructure Survey Report...

National PTA, in collaboration with Facebook through Lincoln Park Strategies, polled parents on the use of social media and messaging apps among young children. The findings show that the majority of parents with children under age 13 allow their children to use messaging apps and social media to stay in...

Technology programs have grown to touch almost every aspect of activities in modern-day schools, including teaching and learning, data-tracking and record-keeping, internal and external communications, and more. Events in our country such as Hurricane Katrina, the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School and most recently Hurricane Harvey have illustrated the...

Superintendents can make or break educational technology initiatives. They are responsible for ensuring that their school districts embrace transformative digital learning. The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) collaborates with superintendents to assess their challenges and increase their capacities to lead technology efforts. Most recently, CoSN released a set of one-pagers...

Updated in June 2017, the ISTE Standards for Educators provide a framework for learning, teaching and leading that is amplified by technology. They are intended to deepen educator practice, promote collaboration with peers, challenge educators to rethink traditional approaches and prepare students to drive their own learning.

Updated in June 2017, CoSN's Protecting Privacy in Connected Learning Toolkit is an in-depth guide to key federal student data privacy laws. It also includes guidance on how key laws operate together, suggested contract terms, explanations of metadata and data de-identification, use of click-wrap agreements, and additional privacy-related resources.

Co-published by Learning Forward and Digital Promise, this paper seeks to chart a course for leveraging a micro-credentialing system to enable more educators to achieve the potential of professional learning. The paper uses Learning Forward's Standards for Professional Learning as a frame to provide guidance to everyone involved in micro-credentials...

The shift to mobile learning, student data privacy and budget constraints are top of mind for school district technology leaders. These are among the key findings of CoSN's 2017 IT Leadership Survey. Conducted annually, the CoSN survey provides the education community with insights on how U.S. school system technology leaders...