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For Immediate Release
November 6, 2009
Global Lessons on Leveraging Technology to Enhance Education
CoSN Leads Fourth Senior-Level Delegation to Scotland and the Netherlands on Heels of Brazil Visit

Washington, DC — November 6, 2009 — Today the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) will lead a delegation of senior U.S. and international education leaders to Scotland and the Netherlands to continue exploring how Scandinavian school systems are using technology to innovate and enhance teaching and learning. The six-day visit, which will officially begin November 8th and end on the 13th, marks CoSN's fourth international delegation. While abroad, the delegation will hold high-level meetings with public and private sector officials to discuss the use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in primary and secondary education, with a particular focus on data-driven decision making initiatives and strategies for spurring innovation in education with ICT. Throughout the course of the visit, the delegation will share insight and analysis via the 2009 CoSN Senior Delegation blog and through podcasts, tweets and other social networking tools.

"Across the globe technology is being leveraged to enhance learning and boost administrative efficiency in schools. U.S. educators and policymakers need to look at best practices from around the world if they hope to use technology to transform learning and enable the enterprise of education," said CoSN CEO Keith Krueger, who this week delivered keynote remarks during Brazil’s Conlide conference for ICT education leaders. "CoSN is dedicated to uncovering and exploring innovative approaches wherever they are being employed to ensure that North American educators and policymakers can devise practices and enact policies that lead to the successful use of technology in schools."

The goals of the visit are as follows:

  • Learn how strategic investments in ICT by Scotland and the Netherlands are preparing their students for higher achievement and preparation for a global economy.
  • Explore innovative uses of technology, including Web 2.0 collaborative tools, national learning platforms and other cutting edge applications.
  • Discover common challenges in using ICT to transform learning.
  • Identify innovative polices and practices in Scotland and the Netherlands which can be implemented in the United States.

In Scotland, the delegation will meet with senior staff at Learning and Teaching Scotland (LTS), the lead government-funded organization for the development of Scottish ICT, and will hear about the innovative GLOW, the world's first national intranet for education. During the visit to the Netherlands, the group will meet with officials from Kennisnet, a leading public ICT support organization, and with members of the European Schoolnet and OECD, and a senior member of the Dutch Parliament. In addition, the delegation will present U.S. lessons at Onderwijsdagen (Netherland's Education Day) on Wednesday, November 9th. The delegation will visit schools in both the Netherlands and Scotland to see firsthand and better understand the opportunities and challenges associated with the use of education technology.

To view a list of the delegation participants, please click here.

Pearson Foundation is the lead sponsor of the CoSN delegation to Scotland and the Netherlands, with additional support from RM, SmartTechnologies and netTrekker.

About the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN)
CoSN is the premier professional association for district technology leaders. The mission of CoSN is to empower K-12 district technology leaders to use technology strategically for the improvement of teaching and learning. CoSN provides leadership, community and advocacy essential for the success of these leaders.

CoSN leadership initiatives include:
Cyber Security for the Digital District (www.securedistrict.org)
Data-Driven Decision-Making (www.3d2know.org)
Empowering the 21st Century Superintendent (www.superintendentempower.org)
Green Computing (www.cosn.org/greencomputing)
IT Crisis Preparedness (www.cosn.org/ITCrisisPrep)
K-12 Open Technologies (www.k12opentech.org)
Small District Technology Leadership (http://72.3.238.178/wiki/index.php?title=Main_Page)
Taking Total Cost of Ownership to the Classroom (www.classroomtco.org)
Value of Investment (www.edtechvoi.org)
Web2.0 Policy and Leadership (www.cosn.org/web20/).

CoSN's membership is a unique blend of education and technology leaders, and decision makers from the public and private sectors. Visit www.cosn.org or phone 866.267.8747 to find out more about CoSN's programs, events and resources supporting and promoting leadership development, advocacy and connections to ensure that technology is used strategically for the improvement of teaching and learning in elementary and secondary schools.

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