CoSNConsortium for School Networking
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CoSN plans to focus initially on the fundamentals of the open technologies movement in education, then progress into more sophisticated content.
The research brief, which EDC and CoSN note is the first in a planned series, focuses on research into the effectiveness of the Enhancing Missouri's Instructional Networked Teaching Strategies (eMINTS) program.
However, notes CoSN, "Accessible technologies, as employed in K-12, districts, go beyond that to include the universal and equitable access by all students to the full range of educational technologies, including the system-wide use of assistive technologies.
Most test takers prepare through an online course offered by CoSN or in regional study groups.
Keith Krueger, CEO of CoSN, believes that by arming every school district with information and resources to better protect their networks and data, it will allow these districts to focus on their real mission of student learning.
Our theory has been to expose our students to all types of technology, so they are comfortable on every platform," says Donna Williamson, technology director at Mountain Brook Schools and a member of the CoSN board of directors.
CoSN K-12 Conference and International Symposium, Hyatt Regency Crystal City Hotel Arlington, Va.
CoSine's common stock is currently traded in the Pink Sheets under the symbol COSN.
CoSN defines ownership as including all of the costs associated with using and maintaining networked computers--no matter whether a school district owns or leases them--and notes that TCO traditionally includes calculations of costs that may not appear in a budget but can affect school district operations.
In 1990, 80 percent of a district CIO's job was technical, says Keith Krueger, chief executive officer of CoSN.