The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) has launched Access4Ed.net, a new online community of practice focused on innovative approaches to providing access to online environments in K-12 schools and districts. The new community of practice was launched in conjunction with the release of a draft of a new report on the state of online communities of practice in education. Both are part of a three-year initiative, Connected Online Communities of Practice, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education and implemented in partnership with the American Institutes for Research and five other organizations, of which CoSN is one.
CoSN's new online community will serve district technology leaders, superintendents, school boards and educational service agencies, and many other education stakeholders. The online community of practice will first focus on student-owned devices, followed by broadband. Future areas of focus may include cloud computing, mobile computing, enabling home access, wireless access and network design, among many others.
Over the years, CoSN has provided thought leadership on a number of these issues through its various initiatives - from the Total Cost of Ownership and Participatory Learning with Web 2.0 to Cyber Security and Data-Driven Decision Making. Each initiative has focused on providing the tools and resources that district leaders need to help boost productivity, enhance teaching and learning, and improve educational outcomes. Through each initiative CoSN has developed partnerships with leading districts and education organizations, and will now work with many of these same partners to cultivate an online community to tackle some of the top access-related issues facing educators today.
Some of the first content to debut in the new online community of practice will be video interviews at CoSN 2011 of education leaders discussing their views on top access-related issues. In addition, CoSN will soon post case studies chronicling leading districts' experiences with student-owned devices, as well as its recently released Acceptable Use Policy Guide.
To learn more about the Connected Online Communities of Practice project, visit http://edcocp.org.
Source: Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), www.cosn.org