In order to be continuous learners, we are members and attend various state and national conferences such as: National Educational Computing Conference, International Society for Technology in Education, Consortium for Social Networking, K12 Online Conference, Alabama Educational Technology Association and the Alabama Educational Technology Conference.
Trussville City Schools has been selected as one of 13 leading-edge districts to share experiences, challenges and best practices for innovative uses of new media in K-12 education, as part of an initiative launched by the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN). In September, CoSN announced a nationwide search for innovative districts throughout the country that are leading the way in the use of social media, Web 2.0 and student-owned mobile devices to participate in peer-to-peer groups of district leaders or “cadres.” The goal of the cadre is to foster the sharing of ideas, best practices and challenges and to discover new ways to leverage new media to reenergize, rethink and reimagine teaching and learning.
Along with other district leaders, the Trussville City Schools’ team will participate in an online community of practice (CoP), including CoSN’s Access4ed.net, which focuses on innovative approaches to providing access to technology in K-12 schools and school districts. Based on the cadre’s work, in the coming months, CoSN will release progress reports, consisting of concise syntheses of “lesson learned” as promising and best case findings, which will be shared with the broader education and educational technology community.
This effort is part of CoSN’s Participatory Learning in Schools: Leadership and Policy initiative, which is supported by a grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s Digital Media and Learning Initiative.
To learn more about the initiative, visit: www.cosn.org/web20/.