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CoSN Conference

The Consortium of School Networking (CoSN) is a professional organisation for technology leaders working in school districts across the US.  CoSN also brings together peak agencies from around the world to engage in dialogue on schooling in a digital age.

This year I was invited to speak at CoSN’s annual conference: Mastering the Moment: A Guide to Technology Leadership in the Ecomonic Crisis.

To put this into context, US schools are required to lobby their district boards to raise school funding so much of their time and energy is spent looking for effective ways to do this   As you can imagine, it is difficult to juggle the learning and lobbying agendas. Fortunately, we don’t face that situation so our responsibility is to use government funding effectively to raise the quality of learning and teaching in all schools.

The CoSN conference was an opportunity to listen to educators and leaders from diverse school backgrounds talking about what matters most and how today’s tools can be used to deliver a relevant learning experience.

The focus of my presentation was not about the tools per se but what these tools enable in the learning environment when they are used to develop skills and deepen student learning.  If we are thinking about the possibilities of schooling, then we should be in the cloud!

To hear more perspectives from the CoSN conference go to eSchool News TV.

Counting the cost

I caught up with Keith Krueger in Parramatta this week. Keith is the CEO of the Consortium for School Networking in the US and was in Australia to give a presentation at the Australian Council for Computers in Education conference.

I asked Keith what his views were on the digital education agenda and the challenges that educators and school systems face in a knowledge age.

Keith says CoSN members accept that technology is not the panacea for improving educational outcomes despite the fixation by OECD countries on ‘high stakes tests’, which in turn leads to data-driven decision making. There has to be a greater focus on the nature of learning in today’s world and the new pedagogies to support this understanding.

The observation that Keith and many other critical thinkers make is that currently the US is home to innovative giants like Google and Microsoft and yet there is little focus on creativity, collaboration and community within classrooms. Given the rapid developments and new approaches to learning and teaching in emerging economies, how long can the US or Australia maintain innovation?

As usual some good food for thought.