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CoSN Offers Up Resources for New School Year

The Consortium for School Networking, or CoSN, this August has issued a report chronicling leading CTOs' thoughts on data protection and sharing, announced a webinar series touching on issues like the development of a new CTO certification program and the approach of completely digital state assessments, and unveiled a new statewide chapter in Missouri, as ed-tech leaders and practitioners prepare to return to school.

The report, titled "Whose Data Is It Anyway?" examines the challenges of comparing data from unlike and outdated systems, sharing data across districts, and doing all of this while minding legal issues, with insight from CTOs weighed in at a forum at June's annual ISTE convention. To view the report, though, you'll have to become a CoSN member.

Individual embers will also have free access to the first two webinars they attend in CoSN's six-webinar monthly Internet & Education series for the 2011-2012 school year. Institutional and corporate members, meanwhile, will have free access to all six, and non-members are also invited to any and all webinars for a fee.

There's a webinar every month from October to May (save for March). This year's topics:

October: Planning for the Shift from Print to Digital
November: CoSN's CETL (certified education technology leader) Certification - A Preview
December: Next Generation Curriculum Delivery
January: Measuring Tech Readiness for 2014 Testing
&bull: February: A New Culture of Learning Online Book Club*
April: Making Connections in Mobile Learning
May: "Horizon Report: 2012 K-12 Edition"
* Denotes bonus event available only to CoSN members and attendees of CoSN annual conference.

And lastly, those of you in Missouri will also have access to a new statewide CoSN chapter, which will be comprised of members of the former Missouri Educational Technology Leaders group, or METL. The alliance will allow all METL members access to professional development and leadership tools, as well as opportunities such as those listed above. It's the 13th launch of such a chapter. The first, the Texas K-12 CTO Council, was founded in 2004.

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