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Date: October 12th, 2006
Submitted By: Jennifer Cummings, CoSN   -   Web Site: www.cosn.org

Professional Development Webcasts

CoSN Launches 2006-2007 Internet & Education Professional Development Webcast Series for K-12 Education Technology Leaders

Washington, DC (October 12, 2006) - The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) today announced the lineup for its 2006-2007 Internet & Education Webcast professional development series. The series consists of six 60-minute interactive online sessions, which provide school leaders with guidance on significant issues they face in implementing technologies effectively in K-12 education. In a new development this year, the webcasts will be available as podcasts via the CoSN website after the real-time sessions have concluded.

\"We feel that we are offering a truly outstanding selection of topics this year that address some of the most pressing issues in education technology,\" said Elizabeth Weaver Engel, Vice President, Marketing, CoSN. \"We are particularly pleased that we will have the opportunity to make our content available in a variety of formats, including podcasting, this year. There is no better way to discuss the tools that have the power to transform education than to leverage those tools to keep district and state administrators apprised of best practices and challenges related to their uses inside and outside of the classroom.\"

The first session in the series will take place on October 18 from 1:00-2:00 pm (EDT) and will be led by members of CoSN\'s Emerging Technologies Committee. This Webcast, Collaboration in K-12 Schools: Anywhere, Anytime, Any Way, will focus on a related report CoSN released in September, which provides insight on the ways educators are using collaborative technologies such as instant messaging, blogs and portals to enhance the teaching and learning environment and to facilitate greater interaction with other instructors and administrators.

CoSN\'s 2006-2007 Internet & Education Webcast series is co-produced by Horizon Wimba, Inc. The series is sponsored by IBM, Apple, SAS inSchool, Gateway, Mitel and SchoolNet and is supported by media partner Distance-Educator.com.

Each of the presentations in the series correlates with CoSN\'s Framework of Essential Skills of the K-12 CTO (Chief Technology Officer):

Leadership and Vision
Planning and Budgeting
Team Building and Staffing
Systems Management

Information Management
Business Leadership
Education and Training
Ethics and Policies

Communications Systems
The series continues with the following topics:

Keeping Students Secure in a MySpace World - November 15, 2006
Planning for the Inevitable: IT Disaster Preparedness - January 17, 2007
Bridging Individualized Learning & High Stakes Accountability - February 14, 2007
What Does Internet2 Mean for K-12? - April 18, 2007
Implementing Open Source in K-12 - May 16, 2007
Participation in CoSN\'s Internet & Education Webcast series is free for CoSN members and the media, and available to non-members for $59 per webcast. For more information or to register, visit www.cosn.org/events/webcasts/2007.cfm or contact Stacey Kocan-McCormick at 866.267.8747 x115 or stacey@cosn.org.

About the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN)

The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) is the country\'s premier voice in education technology leadership with a mission to serve as the national organization for K-12 technology leaders who use technology strategically to ultimately improve teaching and learning. CoSN provides products and services to support and nurture leadership development, advocacy, coalition building, and awareness of emerging technologies.

CoSN leadership initiatives include: Accessible Technologies for All Students (www.accessibletech4all.org); Cyber Security for the Digital District (www.securedistrict.org); Data-Driven Decision Making (www.3d2know.org); K-12 Open Technologies (www.k12opentech.org); Taking Total Cost of Ownership to the Classroom (www.classroomtco.org); Value of Investment (www.edtechvoi.org) and the development of the Council of School District Chief Technology Officers (CTO Council).

CoSN\'s membership includes a unique blend of education and technology leaders, policy makers, and influencers from the public and private sectors. Our audience includes key technology leaders (often called Chief Technology Officers--CTOs) in leading-edge states and districts, policy makers, private sector leaders, as well as those technology leaders who wish to accelerate their districts\' or states\' systemic technology use. Visit www.cosn.org or phone 866.267.8747 to find out more about CoSN\'s programs and activities supporting leadership development to ensure that information technology has a direct and positive impact on student learning in elementary and secondary schools.

About Horizon Wimba, Inc.

Horizon Wimba develops web-based collaboration software designed for online distance education, language learning and live interactive communications. Our collaborative applications enable learning professionals to fully embrace the new wave of pedagogical opportunities afforded by campus-wide networks and the Internet; regardless of geographic location, bandwidth or operating system. Our virtual rooms enable educators to conduct live, online classes, meetings, office hours and collaborations, and our voice integration tools add oral interaction directly into course content, webpages, study groups and assessments. With simplicity and power, Horizon Wimba adds new dimensions to online, accessible education, enhancing the learning experience for both students and instructors.


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