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The CoSN Podcast

The CoSN Podcast

By COSN - The Podcast in partnership with MindRocket Media Group
The CoSN Podcast, produced in partnership with MindRocket Media Group, provides current and aspiring K-12 edtech leaders with timely insights and strategies to succeed in the ever-evolving world of school system technology. Hear from Certified Education Technology Leaders (CETL), visionary district changemakers, and instructional experts, who will discuss essential topics such as digital equity, innovation, IT leadership, cybersecurity, and more.
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Bridging the Digital Divide with Dr. Patrick Gittisriboongul - S2E16
Digital Equity – was an often discussed topic during the pandemic and was a subject that many rural, urban, and suburban communities faced when going to online learning. Providing students with technology and internet access was a long and arduous process for many districts, and it led to some amazing infrastructure initiatives and changes. In this episode of the CoSN podcast presented by Discovery Education, we discuss the factors of digital equity and strategies to address inequities. Today’s guest is Patrick Gittisriboongul, Ed.D, Assistant Superintendent of Technology and Innovation at Lynwood Unified School District in California.  In 2020, the Linwood Unified District had to address the digital divide for students to access online learning. Unlike many districts, Dr. G created a resolution to solve digital equity and specifically provide secure internet access and fiber to the city of Lynwood. Dr. G’s efforts are truly inspiring and set a precedent for digital equity and distance learning across the country. This episode of The CoSN Podcast is supported by Discovery Education. Learn more at https://www.discoveryeducation.com/ Engage further in the discussion on Twitter  Follow: @pgittis @CoSN @MindRocketMedia @DiscoveryEd  The CoSN Podcast is produced in partnership with MindRocket Media Group and published on edCircuit. To learn more about CoSN, visit www.cosn.org. Learn more about MindRocket at www.mindrocketmediagroup.com.
35:02
May 11, 2022
Inclusive Design Made Practical - S2E15
Technology – when used thoughtfully – can have a tremendous impact in supporting districts’ goals around inclusive learning environments. What are the biggest challenges and what are some proven, practical strategies to make learning more inclusive? We’re tackling those questions today with a panel of expert practitioners: Karen Janowski - inclusive technology consultant and former adjunct professor at Simmons College in Boston Beth Poss - educational and technology consultant, accessibility and inclusion advocate, speech/language pathologist, and former assistant principal Chris Bugaj - inclusive technology facilitator, speech language pathologist, and founding member of the Assistive Technology Team for Loudoun County Public Schools in Virginia Each of the guests, along with Mike Marotta, are co-authors of the book Inclusive Learning 365: EdTech Strategies for Every Day of the Year. Listeners who want to pick up more strategies can find information at https://inclusive365.com The guests speak about developing an inclusive mindset and the importance of continuous learning and reflection, the most challenging aspects of promoting inclusion and how the challenges have shifted during the pandemic, why options that promote learner agency are critical, perspective shifts that have taken place in districts as a result of the pandemic, and more. This episode of The CoSN Podcast is supported by Microsoft. Learn more at www.microsoft.com/education Engage further in the discussion on Twitter. Follow: @attipscast @possbeth @KarenJan @CoSN @MindRocketMedia @MicrosoftEDU The CoSN Podcast is produced in partnership with Mind Rocket Media Group. To learn more about CoSN, visit www.cosn.org. 
50:43
February 08, 2022
How Do We Ensure Impact on Student Learning? - S2E14
In the third and final episode of this Large Districts Great Minds mini-series, we’re discussing strategies for balancing the technology landscape to ensure impact on student learning. A trio of leaders from the Wake County School System in North Carolina join the podcast to share practices that have worked for them, along with situations in which technology is – or is not – the answer to districts’ needs. Marlo Gaddis, Chief Technology Officer; Allison Reid, Sr. Director of Digital Learning & Libraries; and Lisa Belsha, Director of Digital Resources to  their expertise and proven strategies. The guests speak about the questions they ask and procedures they follow when evaluating potential edtech solutions, how they find the balance between meeting all needs but maintaining a manageable number of tools for educators and students to master, how they use data to evaluate the benefits of various tools in use, some of their biggest successes, and more. In CoSN’s Large District Great Minds Series, leaders from large school districts across the country are engaging in meaningful peer conversations and working alongside CoSN to incubate and drive innovative practices designed to solve districts’ unique challenges as we move into the new era of hybrid learning. The Large Districts Great Minds Series is sponsored by Amazon Web Services, Classlink, Clever, ContentKeeper Technologies, ENA and CatchOn, FileWave, and Google. Engage further in the discussion on Twitter. Follow: @mrhgaddis @wakelisab @CoSN @MindRocketMedia The CoSN Podcast is produced in partnership with Mind Rocket Media Group and published to Edcircuit. To learn more about CoSN, visit www.cosn.org. Learn more about MindRocket at www.mindrocketmediagroup.com.
41:18
February 01, 2022
How EdTech Data Helps Schools Personalize and Prepare - S2E13
Data is a key element that supports school districts in the journey from sight to vision. When used correctly, data increases our understanding of individual students’ strengths and needs, helps us create meaningfully personalized learning environments, and gives us the tools to put our goals within reach and make them achievable. Dr. Mary Levinsohn-Klyap, Coordinator of Data Literacy & Coaching for Howard County Public Schools in Maryland, is this episode’s featured guest. Mary discusses the critical importance of making meaning of data and the role data coaches can play in that process. They also dive deep into the humanity behind the data; how to interpret information with intention, leading to better personalization for students; how to create a data culture that supports instruction and achievement; and best practices for districts beginning to implement a new approach to edtech data. This episode of The CoSN Podcast is supported by PowerSchool. Learn more at https://www.powerschool.com/ Engage further in the discussion on Twitter. Follow: @hcpss @CoSN @MindRocketMedia @MyPowerSchool The CoSN Podcast is produced in partnership with MindRocket Media Group and published on EdCircuit. To learn more about CoSN, visit www.cosn.org. Learn more about MindRocket at www.mindrocketmediagroup.com.
29:03
January 25, 2022
Building and Supporting a Diverse Technology Team - S2E12
In our previous episode, we discussed the changes taking place within school districts in response to, and also to embrace, trends regarding remote and hybrid work environments. Today, we’re continuing to speak about the ways in which technology departments are evolving their goals, aligning staffing objectives to those overall goals, and developing new approaches to build modern teams. Specifically, we’re discussing the process of building and supporting diverse technology teams. Our expert guests give their perspectives on the ways in which districts benefit from diverse technology teams, some of the recruitment blind spots they’ve uncovered and addressed, how competition from other industries has influenced and improved hiring and retention efforts, how they’ve evolved the way candidates’ experience is evaluated, and more. Today’s guests are technology leaders from large school districts around the country: Kara Thorstenson, Director of Libraries and Instructional Technology for Chicago Public Schools; Lori Jones, Assistant Superintendent for Technology Services in the Northside Independent School District in San Antonio, Texas; and Lisa Spencer, Director of Instructional Technology & Support for Prince George's County Public Schools in Maryland. They chat about the elements of building and supporting a diverse technology team – the why and the how. This is the second of three episodes aligned to CoSN’s Large District Great Minds Series, in which leaders from large school districts across the country are engaging in meaningful peer conversations, and working alongside CoSN to incubate and drive innovative practices designed to solve districts’ unique challenges as we move into the new era of hybrid learning. The Large Districts Great Minds Series is sponsored by Amazon Web Services, Classlink, Clever, ContentKeeper Technologies, ENA and CatchOn, FileWave, and Google. Engage further in the discussion on Twitter. Follow: @MsTLHLMC @NISDLori @laspaseo @CoSN @MindRocketMedia, @EdCircuit The CoSN Podcast is produced in partnership with MindRocket Media Group and published on EdCircuit. To learn more about CoSN, visit www.cosn.org. Learn more about MindRocket at www.mindrocketmediagroup.com.
46:60
January 06, 2022
The Future of Hybrid Work in School Districts - S2E11
Remote and hybrid work environments have grown in popularity over a number of years, and this trend, like so many others, has been accelerated by the Covid-19 pandemic. The trend is now impacting schools just as it is transforming other workplaces and industries. In considering schools’ teaching and learning objectives, and the tools and technologies we use to best equip students with future-ready skills, predicting and understanding the “future of work” is an important factor. How can district leaders address their immediate needs while simultaneously redefining work environments and building the edtech leadership to support them? Today’s guests are technology leaders from large school districts around the country: Steve Langford, Chief Information Officer of Beaverton School District in Oregon; Allen Miedema, Executive Director for Technology for Northshore School District in Washington; and Freddie Cox, Chief Technology Officer for Knox County Schools in Tennessee. They chat with MindRocket Media Group about the hybrid work environments they’ve developed in their districts, what a positive culture looks like in a remote environment, and more. This is the first of three episodes aligned to CoSN’s Large District Great Minds Series, in which leaders from large school districts across the country are engaging in meaningful peer conversations, and working alongside CoSN to incubate and drive innovative practices designed to solve districts’ unique challenges as we move into the new era of hybrid learning. The Large Districts Great Minds Series is sponsored by Amazon Web Services, Classlink, Clever, ContentKeeper Technologies, ENA and CatchOn, FileWave, and Google. Engage further in the discussion on Twitter. Follow:  @sdlangford @amiedema @fredcox3 @CoSN @MindRocketMedia  @EdCircuit The CoSN Podcast is produced in partnership with MindRocket Media Group and published on EdCircuit. To learn more about CoSN, visit www.cosn.org. Learn more about MindRocket Media Group.at www.mindrocketmediagroup.com.
40:52
December 15, 2021
Helping Students Understand Cybersecurity and Digital Citizenship - S2E10
In the past two episodes, we’ve discussed digital security and cybersecurity, and the fact that each stakeholder group within a school district plays a role in ensuring the cybersecurity plan is effective. Students are one of those key stakeholder groups, and they’re the focus of this episode. How do we help them develop digital citizenship skills and understand their role in ensuring digital safety? Dan Farsaci, Director of Technology for Liverpool Central School District in New York, joins the podcast to share his expertise on this subject. Farsaci and MindRocket Media Group discuss how digital citizenship and cybersecurity fit together, how Farsaci’s team is fostering digital citizenship skills throughout their district, how both curriculum and technology departments are leaders in these efforts, and more. This is the third and final episode of a mini-series supported by GoGuardian. Learn more at https://www.goguardian.com/ Engage further in the discussion on Twitter. Follow:  @DanFarsaci @CoSN @MindRocketMedia @GoGuardian  @EdCircuit The CoSN Podcast is produced in partnership with MindRocket Media Group and published on EdCircuit. To learn more about CoSN, visit www.cosn.org. Learn more about MindRocket Media Group.
28:14
December 01, 2021
Cybersecurity in Remote and Hybrid School Environments - S2E9
What are some of the specific cybersecurity challenges school districts are facing and addressing? How have the past two years changed the cybersecurity landscape? Gary Lambert, Director of 21st Century Learning for Beekmantown Central School District in New York, is the guest on this episode and shares his insights on these critical topics. Lambert and MindRocket Media Group discuss the reasons why concerns about cybersecurity are in the DNA of 21st century learning, how the pandemic has influenced cybersecurity trends, and some of the tools Lambert’s district is utilizing to mitigate cybersecurity challenges. They also discuss advice for district leaders, why all roles within a district need to be informed about cybersecurity, and more. This episode is part two of a mini-series supported by GoGuardian. Learn more at https://www.goguardian.com/ Engage further in the discussion on Twitter. Follow:  @Dir21KLearning @CoSN @MindRocketMedia @GoGuardian @EdCircuit The CoSN Podcast is produced in partnership with MindRocket Media Groupnd published on EdCircuit. To learn more about CoSN, visit www.cosn.org. Learn more about MindRocket Media Group.
37:55
November 17, 2021
Choosing the Right Digital Security Tools - S2E8
Digital safety and cybersecurity are among the most critical responsibilities of school districts. Technology leaders nationwide are constantly evaluating new tools and best practices to develop an effective, reliable security plan that all stakeholders can follow. In part one of this three-part series, we look at digital security tools. How do districts determine their needs, find tools that align with their strategy, and succeed with implementation of their plan? MindRocket Media Group chats with technology leaders from Nebraska’s Norris School District: Noel Erskine, Technology Director and Bryan Williams, Network Administrator. They discuss the key factors for evaluating a district’s digital security, how to find and implement effective tools, how to make use of grant funding for procurement, advice for other districts facing similar challenges, and more. This episode is part one of a mini-series supported by GoGuardian. Learn more at https://www.goguardian.com/ Engage further in the discussion on Twitter, follow: @noelerskine @CoSN @MindRocketMedia @GoGuardian @EdCircuit The CoSN Podcast is produced in partnership with MindRocket Media Group nd published on EdCircuit. To learn more about CoSN, visit www.cosn.org. Learn more about MindRocket Media Group.
40:39
November 10, 2021
S2E7 - Implementing High-ROI Technology at Scale
Billions of dollars are spent annually on promising education technology solutions, but how many are delivering an ROI in the form of improved student outcomes? Often, the way to determine the best tools is to ensure alignment with teaching best practices and research-based approaches. When we rely on the right data and involve all stakeholders in the process, we can implement high-impact, innovative ideas at scale. Dr. Sonny Magana and Jon Corippo are this episode’s expert guests to talk through these topics. Sonny is an online learning pioneer who served as founding principal of Washington state’s first CyberSchool. He is an Oxford Research Scholar, award-winning teacher, and best-selling author whose latest book is Disruptive Classroom Technologies. Jon is a former teacher, assistant superintendent and IT director who has been recognized as a 20 to Watch Educator by the NSBA, a Top 100 Influencer in the 2019 EdTech Digest Awards and a 2020 Edtech Digest Awards Trendsetter. He also served as Chief Learning Officer of CUE and co-authored the Eduprotocol Field Guide Books 1 and 2. MindRocket Media Group chats with Jon and Sonny about the type of collaboration between technology leaders, school administrators and teachers that leads to the best learning outcomes; how to implement high-impact ideas that simultaneously reduce teacher workload and avoid the risk of “initiative fatigue”; how to evaluate the research on given tools and approaches to see what data is worthwhile; and more. Both Jon and Sonny deliver ideas that can help districts involve all stakeholders, gain buy-in at each level, and implement innovative technology at scale. This episode is part three of a mini-series supported by eGlass. Learn more at https://eglass.io/ Engage further in the discussion on Twitter, follow: @sonnymagana @jcorippo  @CoSN @MindRocketMedia @GeteGlass @EdCircuit The CoSN Podcast is produced in partnership with MindRocket Media Group and published on EdCircuit. To learn more about CoSN, visit www.cosn.org. Learn more about MindRocket Media Group.
42:27
September 23, 2021
S2E6 - EdTech Innovation to Drive K-12 Equity
“Innovative” may be an overused buzzword in some corners of the education technology marketplace, but that doesn’t contradict the reality that innovation is happening in schools across the U.S. However, to better understand the meaningful trends happening in K-12, we must connect innovative practices with their practical purpose, particularly the ways in which innovation improves equity, access and outcomes. So, what does a truly innovative school look like and what might we expect to see develop within the next 5-10 years? Tom Davis is the guest on this episode and he shares a thoughtful perspective developed as a result of decades working closely with diverse groups of district leaders across the country. Tom is a former middle and high school bilingual science teacher, coach, administrator, grant writer, businessman and life-long learner. He currently serves as Director of Business Development at the Center for Educational Innovation in New York and previously served in the same capacity for both the California Association of Latino Superintendents and Administrators (CALSA) and the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (ALAS). Tom and MindRocket Media Group discuss the essential link between innovation and equity; how stakeholders from across the district, including tech directors, principals and teachers, must collaborate to drive meaningful innovation; how current funding packages, including ESSER, present both an opportunity and urgency around long-term planning; and what edtech leaders can learn from basketball players. This episode is part two of a mini-series supported by eGlass. Learn more at https://eglass.io/ Engage further in the discussion on Twitter, follow: @calsatdavis  @CoSN @MindRocketMedia @GeteGlass @EdCircuit The CoSN Podcast is produced in partnership with MindRocket Media Group and published on EdCircuit. To learn more about CoSN, visit www.cosn.org. Learn more about MindRocket Media Group.
28:57
September 09, 2021
S2E5 - Closing the Gap
Marcia Kish, Chief Innovation Officer with DSD Professional Development, joins this episode of the podcast to discuss one of the pressing issues facing educators of all roles: closing knowledge gaps created or exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. School leaders and classroom teachers have a clear understanding of the challenges students have faced, the goals that have been set for their learning, and the urgency of achieving a great start to the new academic year. The question now: how can we ensure success? Kish and MindRocket Media Group tackle this issue from a variety of angles, including a discussion of the challenges teachers have observed and how to communicate these insights to technology directors and other administrators; the best ways to assess students’ current knowledge levels to allow for meaningful personalized instruction; how to increase student engagement (and avoid disengagement) to enable better learning; how technology leaders can support blended learning and other effective approaches; and more. This episode is part one of a mini-series supported by eGlass. Learn more at https://eglass.io/ Engage further in the discussion on Twitter, follow: @dsdPD  @CoSN @MindRocketMedia @GeteGlass @EdCircuit The CoSN Podcast is produced in partnership with MindRocket Media Group and published on EdCircuit. To learn more about CoSN, visit www.cosn.org. Learn more about MindRocket Media Group.
32:40
August 24, 2021
S2E4 - Discussing the Early Career K-12 CTO Academy
In this episode, Jeremy Wickham, Director of Technology for North Shore School District 112 in Highland Park, Illinois, joins us to discuss his experience with the Early Career K-12 CTO Academy. Jeremy was a graduate in the 2020-21 Academy cohort. The Academy is designed to address the needs of education technology leaders who have fewer than four years of experience in their position. Participants learn skills such as how to create a culture of innovation in their district, how to build diverse teams that include underrepresented populations in the edtech industry, how to support student-centered learning and technology budgeting, and more. The Academy is generously supported by CoSN’s Gold Partner HP. Wickham describes his experience in the program, including the benefits of being paired with a veteran mentor, the connection and collaboration among cohort members, his Capstone project, and why he’d recommend the program to others in his position. The application deadline for the upcoming cohort is Wednesday, September 1 and the program will run from October 2021 - June 2022. Learn more about the Early Career K-12 CTO Academy here: https://www.cosn.org/TheAcademy Engage further in the discussion on Twitter: @misterwickham @CoSN @MindRocketMedia @EdCircuit The CoSN Podcast is produced in partnership with MindRocket Media Group and published on EdCircuit. To learn more about CoSN, visit www.cosn.org. Learn more about MindRocket Media Group
23:40
June 29, 2021
S2E3 - Breakthrough Findings on Student Home Connectivity
In this episode, Dr. Tom Ryan, Chief Innovation & Strategy Officer for the Santa Fe Public Schools, joins the podcast to discuss findings from CoSN’s groundbreaking new Student Home Connectivity Study. Ryan was chair of the Educator Advisory Committee that worked on the report. The survey drew on data from 13 school districts enrolling 750,000 total students, representing a significant data set to allow CoSN to provide evidence-based advice to districts and inform policymakers. Ryan and host MindRocket Media Group, discuss how the data informs nationwide goals around digital equity, connectivity, and tech-enabled learning. Many important topics and findings are discussed, including: 85% of network traffic has been used for video, but Wi-Fi speeds and device types aren’t always set up for this; 70% of households have multiple students learning from home, affecting bandwidth requirements and device needs; surprise findings on the mobility of students during the pandemic and how connectivity turns school into a verb; and how a multi-pronged approach to connectivity may involve public-private partnerships and even inter-government agencies. Read the full Student Home Connectivity Report here: https://www.cosn.org/digitalequity Engage further in the discussion on Twitter: @SFPSdistrict  @CoSN @MindRocketMedia @EdCircuit The CoSN Podcast is produced in partnership with MindRocket Media Group and published on EdCircuit. To learn more about CoSN, visit www.cosn.org. Learn more about MindRocket Media Group
29:15
June 01, 2021
S2E2 - EdTech Data Trends in 2020-21
In the second part of our mini-series on education technology data, Mark Finstrom, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for Highline Public Schools, a district of 20,000 students in Washington state, joins the podcast to discuss data trends from the current year. What do the trends tell us and how can we apply them? Finstrom and MindRocket Media Group, discuss specific observations in Highline PS, as well as the ways in which these trends can be interpreted for broader understanding. Among the important topics discussed are the ways in which prior edtech planning benefited the district, along with some of the major surprises from the past year (4:35); how to make sense of large amounts of data and determine which data is truly useful and actionable (10:10); and the changes Highline is making in response to data trends from 2020-21 (20:20). This episode is part two of a mini-series supported by LearnPlatform. Learn more at learnplatform.com Engage further in the discussion on Twitter, follow: @CTO_Mark @CoSN @MindRocketMedia @EdCircuit @LearnPlatformUS The CoSN Podcast is produced in partnership with MindRocket Media Group and published on EdCircuit. To learn more about CoSN, visit www.cosn.org. Learn more about MindRocket Media Group
29:58
May 18, 2021
S2E1 - Using Data to Address Digital Equity
On the Season 2 premiere of The CoSN Podcast, host MindRocket Media Group speaks with a pair of leaders from Oak Park Elementary School District 97 in Illinois—Dr. Carol Kelley, the district’s Superintendent, and Michael Arensdorff, Senior Director of Technology, join the show to discuss the equity initiatives they’re leading in Oak Park. The guests describe their broader goals around equity and specifically how they’re leveraging technology as a driving force. Among the important topics discussed are the quantitative and qualitative data Oak Park reviews to inform equity initiatives (1:46), how the equity conversation has shifted over the past year (7:15), and how the district uses edtech data to measure the success of its initiatives (22:35). This episode is part one of a mini-series supported by LearnPlatform. Learn more at learnplatform.com Engage further in the discussion on Twitter: @DrKforequity @marensdorff25  @CoSN @MindRocketMedia @EdCircuit @LearnPlatformUS The CoSN Podcast is produced in partnership with MindRocket Media Group and published on EdCircuit. To learn more about CoSN, visit www.cosn.org. Learn more about MindRocket Media Group
28:19
May 11, 2021
CoSN Podcast: S1E8, Vendor Perspectives During the COVID-19 Crisis
In this episode, hear interviews with Caroline Rinker, CoSN’s Director of External Relations; Rod Houpe, Director of Business Development at Education Networks of America (ENA); and Michael Flood, Vice President of Strategy at Kajeet. These experts discuss the conversations that need to take place between districts and vendors as the groups mutually plan for success in the new industry reality. MindRocket Media Group leads a discussion on how vendors should be planning ahead for the buying and selling cycle, in light of many schools closing for the rest of the academic year (1:57); how districts can make the right decisions about which providers to partner with, given the current climate (4:50); why companies should be investing in innovation during the economic downturn in order to be successful on the other side (9:36); what leaders need to be at the various “tables” having the discussions about how to steer education funding and procurement moving forward (16:06); why vendors need to communicate a plan to their district partners and the broader community (25:19); how the COVID-19 crisis has sped up a digital transition in education that was already underway (29:14); and more. Engage further in the discussion on Twitter: @MindRocketMedia @michaelmflood @CoSN @MindRocketMedia @EdCircuit The CoSN Podcast is produced in partnership with MindRocket Media Group and published on EdCircuit.  To learn more about CoSN, visit https://www.cosn.org/. Learn more about MindRocket Media Group
36:27
April 17, 2020
CoSN Podcast: S1E7, Cybersecurity Considerations During COVID-19
In this episode, hear interviews with Amy McLaughlin, CoSN’s cybersecurity project director and Tom Ashley, CTO and Director of Technology at Huntington County Community School Corporation in Indiana. MindRocket Media Group leads a discussion on cybersecurity concerns during this COVID-19 pandemic. With the increased need for effective remote learning capabilities in these unconventional times, this topic is worthy of much investigation. The guests offer key insights on the following topics: The advantage of early preparation for distance learning (1:09); VPN and remote user security issues (3:02); providing resources that help districts ramp up (4:10); equity and tech access for families (6:12); student portals and the challenges of “free stuff” (9:40); the next generation of PD (13:32); and reflection and preparedness moving forward for districts (15:41). Follow on Twitter @MindRocketMedia  . Follow Amy @lumosgravitas and Tom @Tech_leader The CoSN Podcast is produced in partnership with MindRocket Media Group and published on EdCircuit. To learn more about CoSN, visit https://www.cosn.org/. Learn more about MindRocket Media Group 
18:08
March 27, 2020
CoSN Podcast: S1E6, Remote Collaborating and Planning—Timely Tips from AASA, Digital Promise and CoSN
In this special CoSN podcast delivered in partnership with AASA (The School Superintendents Association) and Digital Promise, the participants examine best practices for working, learning, and living during this crucial and challenging time. MindRocket Media Group interviews the following guests: Samantha Becker, Project Director for CoSN's Driving K-12 Innovation; Daniel Foreman, Associate Director of Professional Learning, Digital Promise, Verizon Innovative Learning Schools; and Diane Doersch, Technical Project Director, Digital Promise, Verizon Innovative Learning Schools. The guests offer essential information and key insights on the following topics: Convening and collaborating through digital platforms (1:21); key questions that need to be asked between superintendents, administrators, educators, tech directors, and all stakeholders during this critical time (5:07); the importance of engagement, evaluation, pivoting and emotional resilience (9:09); the role of the educator and PD in the time of remote collaboration (14:40); stressors of security and safety from the technical perspective (18:17); bringing in higher ed digital learning, fluency and creativity into the K-12 space (22:22); and advice on presenting information in the digital space (26:29). Follow on Twitter @MindRocketMedia @EdCircuit Samantha @sambeckertweets, Dan @dan_foreman_ec, and Diane @DoerDi and @EdCircuit The CoSN Podcast is produced in partnership with MindRocket Media Group and published on EdCircuit. To learn more about CoSN, visit https://www.cosn.org/. Learn more about MindRocket Media Group
31:09
March 19, 2020
CoSN Podcast: S1E5, The Superintendent’s Role in Technology Leadership
This episode features interviews with Dr. Donna Wright, Director of Schools, Wilson County Schools in Tennessee, and Dr. David Schuler, the superintendent of the Township High School District 214 in Illinois and chair of the CoSN Superintendent Advisory Council. MindRocket Media Group leads a discussion on the role of the superintendent in leading technology initiatives. The guests offer insight on the following topics: The different layers of leadership and how they’ve contributed to the evolution of technology initiatives (1:01); defining the gaps and using data to guide, enhance, and support professional development (7:35); telling the teacher story through the use of technology (14:12); redefining “ready” in career, college, and life (18:08); communicating technology initiatives to parents (19:25); and becoming a superintendent and the positive impact on students, teachers, and communities (26:14). Follow on Twitter @EdCircuit @MindRocketMedia.  Follow Donna @DrDonnaWrightd7 and David @DSchuler1970. The CoSN Podcast is produced in partnership with MindRocket Media Group and published on EdCircuit. To learn more about CoSN, visit https://www.cosn.org/. Learn more about MindRocket Media Group. 
31:20
March 13, 2020
CoSN Podcast: S1E4, Improving Alignment Between IT Leaders and Business Partners
In this episode, MindRocket Media Group interviews CoSN board member Steve Langford, the Chief Information Officer for Oregon’s Beaverton School District, and Lillian Kellogg, Senior Vice President of Client Services at Education Networks of America (ENA) and Affiliates. The conversation focuses on how IT leaders and business partners can better understand each other’s needs within the evolving vendor-purchaser environment. Among many themes, the guests discuss managing the expanded universe of education technology that is affecting vendors and partnerships (1:24), how school districts are now pushing the needle with vendors (3:30), implementing solutions with finite resources (7:35), methods vendors can use so they don’t waste the time of CIOs and administrators (22:50), and the importance of connected and collaborative partnerships that exist outside the vendor relationship (26:24). Follow on Twitter @MindRocketMedia@EdCircuit. Follow Lillian @LillianKellogg and Steve @sdlangford. The CoSN Podcast is produced in partnership with MindRocket Media Group and published on EdCircuit. To learn more about CoSN, visit https://www.cosn.org/. Learn more about MindRocket Media Group.
29:26
March 06, 2020
CoSN Podcast: S1E3, The Rise of Esports in K-12 Education
In this episode, MindRocker Media Group speaks with Kyle Berger and Pete Just about the rise of esports within K-12 education. Kyle, who was TCEA’s 2009 Technology Director of the Year, is CTO for Grapevine-Colleyville ISD in Texas. Pete is the CTO and COO of the MSD of Wayne Township (Indiana) and is currently serving his second term as CoSN Board Chair. The conversation will advance education technology leaders’ understanding of esports within the school district setting, including how and why to implement esports programs. Among the topics discussed: How to “sell” the value of esports programs to stakeholders in school districts [4:52], what the structure of formal esports programs looks like in high schools and middle schools [8:18], how esports programs support inclusivity for all students [17:14], and what brain science says about the positive effects of gaming [24:15]. Follow on Twitter for Mind Rocket Media Group @MindRocketMedia @EdCircuit Pete @petejust and Kyle @edtechcto. The CoSN Podcast is produced in partnership with MindRocket Media Group and published on EdCircuit. To learn more about CoSN, visit https://www.cosn.org/. Learn more about MindRocket Media Group
30:21
February 28, 2020
CoSN Podcast: S1E2, What New K-12 CTOs Need to Know
In this episode, MindRocket Media Group interviews Donna Williamson, facilitator for CoSN’s Early Career K-12 CTO Academy, along with two members of the current Academy cohort: Karyn Dobda, Director of Innovation and Strategic Initiatives for Pennsylvania’s Quaker Valley School District; and Steve Thomaschefsky, Director of Technology, School District of Waupaca (Wisc.). The conversation touches on a number of topics relevant to technology leaders in education. Among other topics, the guests discuss how districts can make sure to have the right leaders in the CTO role [3:50], how school boards can identify people who aren’t simply “techies,” but have the potential to be great leaders [8:30], the roles that communication, collaboration and professional development play in technology decision-making and implementation [12:15], and the interpersonal skills CTOs need, in addition to the technical ones [21:53]. Follow MindRocket Media Group @MindRocketMedia @EdCircuit. Donna @dwmtnbrook, Karyn @kdobs1129, and Steve @sthomaschefsky. Learn more about CoSN’s Early Career CTO Academy here: https://www.cosn.org/TheAcademy The CoSN Podcast is produced in partnership with MindRocket Media Group and published on EdCircuit. To learn more about CoSN, visit https://www.cosn.org/. Learn more about MindRocket Media Group. 
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February 20, 2020
CoSN Podcast: S1E1, Digital Equity with Beth Holland
In the debut episode of the podcast, MindRocket Media Group interviews Beth Holland, CoSN’s Digital Equity & Rural Project Director. Holland earned her undergrad degree in communications studies from Northwestern, a Master’s in Technology Innovation and Education from Harvard, and doctorate from Johns Hopkins in Entrepreneurial Leadership in Education. Her professional career is just as impressive, with time spent as an English teacher, Director of Academic Technology, and a number of roles in the Navy, among others. In this episode, the conversation touches on a number of topics relevant to technology leaders in education. Among other themes, Holland discusses Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and its importance to equity [1:05], understanding the continuum of equity and how to make implementation practical [8:57], the reasons districts should consider students as stakeholders [16:53], and why we need to create low-risk, low-threat opportunities in the digital space so kids have a safe environment to learn from mistakes [23:05]. Follow MindRocket Media Group @MindRocketMedia @EdCircuit, and follow Beth @brholland The CoSN Podcast is produced in partnership with MindRocket Media Group and published on EdCircuit. To learn more about CoSN, visit https://www.cosn.org/. Learn more about MindRocket Media Group
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January 30, 2020