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METAA-CoSN CTO Clinic 2012

CoSN press release: CoSN, METAA to Host May 10th Clinic for K-12 District-level Leaders  on Leveraging Digital Tools to Enhance Teaching and Learning   Washington, DC (May 3, 2012) – On Thursday, May 10, the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) and the Massachusetts Educational Technology Administrators Association (METAA) will host a Chief Technology Officer (CTO) […]

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Why Certification?

Why do states require educators to be certified? Certification requirements include education in certain specific coursework for each certification area; practicum experience under her supervisor who holds that certification; and in Massachusetts, passing scores on state educator exams. So certification purports to be stamped with expertise – a license to educate. Not totally unlike earning […]

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CTO Clinic Welcome Address

On May 5th we (METAA and CoSN) held our second annual Massachusetts CTO Clinic. It is a professional development day designed for school technology leaders. It was a very successful conference and I heard lots of positive comments about the sessions, the keynote speaker, and even the location. I am sharing my welcome remarks here […]

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The Future of IT by Bob Moore

I highly recommend the recently released CoSN Compendium (available only to CoSN members). If you are not a CoSN member yet, talk to your school district and have them join. There are many member benefits that make the cost of membership a good value. The Future of Information Technology (Or, How the Next Ten Years […]

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The Quiet Desperation of Irrelevance

In the April 20, 2009 issue, Information Week ran an article entitled The Quiet Desperation of Irrelevance .  I find it interesting that, in a large sense, corporate IT surveys reflect the opinions and frustrations I hear from my colleagues in school IT. Here’s what the article said were the top 4 responses that IT […]

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CTO Leadership Forum: CoSN’s Framework of Essential Skills

C oSN Conference 2009 Session name: CTO Leadership Forum: CoSN’s Framework of Essential Skills: A Certification Pathway for the Future Technology Leaders CoSN has been working for several years creating and disseminating the Framework for Essential Skills for CTOs. In this session, we presented a work in progress – a pathway for a nationally recognized […]

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CoSN 2009 Conference – Visionary IT

I attended a breakout session, Building a Visionary IT Organization: Best Practices. The presenters were Fran McTigrit (Katy, TX) and Curtis Cearley (Fayette County, NC). They addressed competing priorities, and how to balance their time, efforts, and resources. This was a good session. Ms. McTigrit shared her foundation goals: Technology must be cost effective Technology […]

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CoSN 2009 Conference – CTO Winner

G ary Utecht of Lakeville, MN won the CoSN Withrow CTO award. The award is based on five criteria: Leadership, Building Community, Innovation, Impact, and Public and Private Partnerships. In Gary’s brief thank you, he said several things worth noting, a few of which I was fast enough to write down. OHIO: O nly H […]

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CoSN 2009 Conference – Don Tapscott

Attending the CoSN conference in Austin, I will post a few blog entries about the conference. This is the first of the series. T he CoSN 2009 conference is titled, leadership, policy & innovation in a collaborative world . The first event of the morning, after the welcome and presentation of awards, was keynote speaker […]

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