new online community that launched on 22 August aims to help schools and
districts as they move toward digital education and implement corresponding
U.S. Department of Education, the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation
at North Carolina State University, and the Consortium for School Networking
(CoSN) partnered to create the online community of practice.
to empower digital transitions at all stages of development, including school
leaders who are thinking about moving to ubiquitous computing environments,
those who wish to implement ed-tech pilot projects, and those who are ready for
will provide K-12 educators, district leaders, and other community participants
with a unique channel to get connected and develop strategies for navigating
the digital transition,” said CoSN CEO Keith Krueger. “With increased
peer-to-peer interaction and greater connectivity, epic-ed members will have an
opportunity to learn from each other, share ideas, and ultimately implement
effective plans to help ease the transition and maximize the benefits of
technology-enabled learning environments”.
one-to-one computing has long been a goal of many districts, ed-tech leaders
find they are now faced with a “one-to-many” situation, because many students
today own and use more than one wireless mobile device.
your own device” initiatives—where students use their own devices on a school’s
network, and the school often provides a “classroom set” of tools for students
who don’t have their own device—also are growing in popularity. These
initiatives cut down on tech support and take advantage of the large numbers of
students who own high-tech devices and who already are using those devices,
such as tablets, laptops, and smart phones, for educational purposes.
will focus on all stakeholders involved in ed-tech programs: school
administrators, teachers, chief technology officers, instructional coaches,
parents, students, and more.