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CoSN Announces 2012-2013 Back-to-School Tools for Ed Tech Leaders

Posted Sep 12, 2012
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With the 2012-2013 school year officially underway, the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) has announced new, refreshed and exclusive tools for education technology leaders. These resources were developed to assist chief technology officers (CTOs) and other school leaders in their efforts to enhance 21stcentury teaching and learning through the use of technology.

1) Identify the ‘Essential' Skills

The Framework of Essential Skills of the K-12 CTO helps ed tech leaders and their supervisors identify the skills required to be viable education leaders. Comprising three primary professional categories, the "Framework" addresses 10 specific skill areas in outlining the necessary responsibilities and knowledge toward becoming a successful CTO.

2) Measure Your Leadership Skills

Since its launch in March 2012, CoSN is now regularly administering a Certified Education Technology Leader (CETL) Certification Exam - the only national certification program that enables ed tech professionals to demonstrate their skills. A component of the CETL Certification Program, the exam is based on the Framework of Essential Skills of K-12 CTO and comprises two parts administered using an Internet-based testing system.

3) ‘Empowering' Superintendents

As part of its Empowering the 21st Century Superintendent initiative, CoSN offers an online "Superintendent Self-Assessment" aimed at measuring the readiness of superintendents to lead their districts around five key educational priorities.

4) Calculating the Value of Ed Tech Investments

Designed to help school leaders determine the costs and benefits of proposed projects, CoSN's recently updated Value of Investment (VOI) Methodology and Tools, including a Return on Investment (ROI) tool, are proven resources for evaluating, articulating, making the case and sustaining district-wide technology endeavors.

5) Updating ‘Acceptable Use Policies'

CoSN's Acceptable Use Policies in the Web 2.0 and Mobile Era Guide helps district leaders develop, rethink or revise Internet policies to address the use of mobile devices and Web 2.0 in today's growing Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) environment. The guide was developed as part of CoSN's Participatory Learning in Schools: Leadership & Policy initiative.

6) Protect Against the Next Cyber Attack

Through its Cyber Security for the Digital District Leadership Initiative, CoSN developed an updated set of tools, including a Cyber Security Self-Assessment Checklist, a Planning Protocol, and a Rubric and Security Planning Template, to help education leaders effectively manage and analyze their network's security statuses against industry best practices. The results enable districts to make informed, cost-effective plans to strengthen security and mitigate crises.

7) 2012 Horizon K-12 Report & Toolkit

The New Media Consortium (NMC) Horizon Report: 2012 K-12 Edition and the accompanying CoSN Horizon Report: 2012 K-12 Edition Toolkit are now available online. Currently in its fourth annual edition, the report examines the potential impact and use of emerging technologies in K-12 classrooms. The toolkit allows educators, policymakers and other stakeholders to continue a robust conversation around the contents in the Report.

8) Monthly Internet Discussions

Participate in CoSN's 2012-2013 Education Technology Leadership Webinar Series to hear district, state and industry leaders from across the globe discuss the advancing digital landscape in an hour-long Internet format. Here is the complete 2012-2013 Webinar schedule:

  • September 20, 2012 - "The New Education Digital Divide: Home Access for Low Income Families"

  • October 16, 2012 - "Digital Libraries: Innovative Strategies for Digital Migration"

  • November 13, 2012 - "Effective Practices of Blended Learning: Flipped Classrooms and Online Learning"

  • January 15, 2013 - "Digital Inclusion: An International Perspective"

  • April 23, 2013 - "Securing Your Network Against Cyber Attacks, Phishing and Scams"

  • May 21, 2013 - "Horizon Report 2013"

9) Connect to CoSN Anytime, Anywhere!

In addition to the CoSN website, stay constantly afloat of current and upcoming activities, news and trends by following CoSN on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn!

To learn more about the resources or to become a member of CoSN, visit

Source: Consortium for School Networking (CoSN),

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