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Date: June 24th, 2013
Submitted By: Michael Kaplun   -   Web Site: www.cosn.org/horizon

CoSN Releases Horizon Report

The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) has released The CoSN Horizon Report: 2013 K-12 Edition Toolkit at ISTE 2013 in San Antonio, TX. The Toolkit, which accompanies the New Media Consortium’s (NMC) recently released NMC Horizon Report > 2013 K-12 Edition, provides district technology leaders, policymakers and other key education stakeholders with insight and guidelines to facilitate a conversation on leveraging emerging technologies to advance 21st century teaching and learning. Now in its fourth edition, the Toolkit is available at no cost at www.cosn.org/horizon.

“What began as a resource to start a conversation within school systems about emerging technologies has evolved into a forward-thinking, proven asset that brings all necessary parties into the conversation about transforming K-12 learning,” said Keith Krueger, CEO of CoSN. “This year’s Toolkit is a valuable component to the widely read NMC 2013 Horizon Report, equipping educators with the knowledge to cultivate learning environments that enrich the educational experience for all students. We thank our partners NMC and HP for assisting the Toolkit’s development.”

Accompanying this year’s NMC Horizon Report – an examination of emerging technologies for their potential impact on and use in K-12 – the Toolkit explains how to gain local decision maker support for investing in new technologies and how to provide local support to enhance learning through technology. The Toolkit includes four components:
• Presentation Template – an adaptable PowerPoint presentation providing an overview of the research-based report and its discussion of key trends, significant challenges and technologies that hold promise for K-12.
• Discussion Facilitator’s Guide – a document to be used in conjunction with the Presentation Template, providing users with guiding questions to pose to school district or school system stakeholders to stimulate thinking about the technologies identified in the Report and other technologies of interest.
• Discussion Activities – ideas to engage stakeholders to identify local instructional challenges, consider emerging technologies as solutions and develop action plans.
• Feedback Form – a form to present to and then survey stakeholders; the form will capture key discoveries, questions and suggestions.
The CoSN Horizon Report: 2013 K-12 Edition Toolkit is sponsored by HP. To access the Toolkit and Horizon Report, please visit: www.cosn.org/horizon.