CoSN Launches Up-to-Date Guidance for Mobile Learning
Association’s Refreshed ‘Leadership for Mobile Learning’ Resources Reflect
Advancing Landscape
Washington, DC (April 25, 2014) – To address the shifting trends and technology in mobile learning, theConsortium for School Networking (CoSN) today launched refreshed materials for its Leadership for Mobile Learning (LML) initiative. Designed for district leaders who are considering adopting mobile learning programs, the LML initiative now offers an updated “Administrator’s Guide for Mobile Learning,” which provides step-by-step guidance, a graphic on how to avoid the most common pitfalls, and first-hand insights from pioneering school district technology leaders.
Mobile learning has been identified as a top learning technology in NMC’s annual K-12 Horizon Report, which is co-produced by CoSN.
“Since we started this leadership program three years ago, there has been an incredible mobile learning movement in our schools and communities. Many districts have shifted from a pilot phase to full-scale adoption, and the conversation surrounding mobile learning is no longer about its capabilities, but more about cultural use and practices,” said Keith Krueger, CEO of CoSN. “These resources help district technology leaders understand the process and then realize the full potential of a learning environment enabled with mobility.”
The initiative has worked closely with key district leaders on the forefront of mobile learning. “Having implemented mobile learning at scale on two occasions, as well as observing districts that have both successfully and unsuccessfully introduced this essential technology, I can attest that the LML resources are one-of-a-kind. For district leaders, mobile learning is too critical of a technology not to learn from and follow the expert guidance provided in the refreshed LML initiative,” said Lenny Schad, Chief Technology Information Officer, Houston ISD.
The three components of the updated guide address pressing K-12 educational topics, including professional development, equity, privacy, and responsible use policies:
  • “Steps to Mobile Learning” – outlines the key considerations involved at each step of a mobile learning program: Planning, implementing, and continually improving.
  • “Mobile Learning: Avoiding Common Pitfalls” graphic – identifies the most common mistakes and pitfalls at each step with key actions to take the appropriate measures.
  • “Mobile Learning Insights” – videos with short, pragmatic guidance from leading districts about mobile learning.
“The value of these resources is directly attributed to the daring, persistent work of the district technology leaders who were willing to share their experiences – both good and bad. We urge other school system leaders to follow their insight and develop an understanding on how to carry out a game plan to achieve mobile learning’s full potential,” said Marie Bjerede, CoSN’s LML Project Director.
Provided at no cost, the LML initiative is supported by Amplify, BestBuy, Blackboard, C.Blohm, Google, HP, ipswitch, Juniper Networks, Kajeet, Lenovo, Lightspeed Systems, Qualcomm, and Sprint.
To access the refreshed resources, please visit: https://sites.google.com/site/lmlguide/intro.
About the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) 
CoSN is the premier professional association for school system technology leaders. The mission of CoSN is to empower educational leaders to leverage technology to realize engaging learning environments. Visitwww.cosn.org or call 866-267-8747 to find out more about CoSN’s focus areasannual conference and eventsadvocacy and policymembership, and the CETL certification exam.

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edWeb.net and Net Texts announce a new online professional learning community on Open Educational Resources (OER)

PRINCETON, NJ, April 25, 2014 – Open Educational Resources (OER) are a fast-growing body of free digital resources that can help schools reduce their expenses on textbooks and other education materials. OER are free, openly licensed documents and media that can be incorporated into the curriculum, however it can be time-consuming to review the growing body of OER and integrate them into teaching and learning.  As schools expand their use of technology, the demand for OER will continue to increase.

edWeb.net and Net Texts have partnered to help educators select and make better user of OER by creating a free online professional learning community on Open Educational Resources (OER) in the K-12 Classroom. The community is a collaborative forum for continuing dialogue and support in selecting and using OER.

The community provides free webinars, presented by experts and educators, on selecting and using Open Educational Resources (OER). Educators receive a CE Certificate for attending the live webinars or viewing the recording. The community hosts online discussions that make it easy for educators to stay connected over time with fellow educators to share ideas, practices, examples, lesson plans, and any of the issues that might arise in using OER. The community is a growing resource center with webinar archives, CE quizzes, and support materials that can be accessed at any time, anywhere.

“Net Texts is dedicated to helping teachers understand and use OER to improve teaching and learning,” said Meg Patterson, Director of Content and Research, Net Texts, Inc. “This online community will help teachers navigate and utilize the vast amount of OER available worldwide.” Lisa Schmucki, the founder and CEO commented, “We’ve been looking for the right partner to launch a community on OER for some time. We know there is strong interest in OER, but educators need help with a transition to using OER.”

This collaborative professional learning community will offer a three-part webinar series, OER and the Common Core. Educators are invited to register for the first webinar which will be held on May 8th at 5pm Eastern Time. Register here.

Educators can join the community at Open Educational Resources (OER) in the K-12 Classroom


About Net Texts
Net Texts is a free, web-based system that provides teachers access to a vast library of high quality OER content, which they can then combine with their own resources to create and publish lessons directly to students’ iPads, Android tablets, or computers. More than just a content management system, Net Texts is a powerful teaching and learning tool that helps schools maximize their investments in tablets and 1:1 computing initiatives, while improving teaching and learning.  For more information visit www.net-texts.com.

About edWeb.net

edWeb.net is a free professional learning and social network that makes it easy for educators to connect and collaborate, share information and best practices, and create professional learning communities.  edWeb hosts online professional learning communities for educators to connect with peers and experts all around the country and the world on the most innovative and progressive areas in education such as game-based learning, mobile learning, tech tools for the classroom, digital citizenship, Common Core Standards, and much more.  edWeb programs get high praise and participation by offering free webinars, online chats and discussions, archived resources, and CE certificates. Schools and districts lack the time, expertise, and funding to provide the professional development educators need – edWeb fills that gap. Learn more at www.edweb.net or follow us on Twitter @edwebnet.
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