The CoSN Podcast

The CoSN Podcast

By MindRocket Media Group
The CoSN Podcast, produced in partnership with MindRocket Media Group, provides current and aspiring K-12 education technology leaders with timely insights and strategies to succeed in the ever-evolving world of school system technology. Hear from Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) experts, visionary technology leaders, entrepreneurs and practitioners, who will discuss essential topics such as digital equity, innovation, IT leadership, cybersecurity, instruction, and more.
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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. Host Dr. Rod Berger 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: @drrodberger @michaelmflood @CoSN @MindRocketMedia The CoSN Podcast is produced in partnership with MindRocket Media Group. To learn more about CoSN, visit https://www.cosn.org/. Learn more about MindRocket at https://www.mindrocketmediagroup.com/
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. Host Dr. Rod Berger 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 Rod on Twitter @drrodberger. Follow Amy @lumosgravitas and Tom @Tech_leader The CoSN Podcast is produced in partnership with MindRocket Media Group. To learn more about CoSN, visit https://www.cosn.org/. Learn more about MindRocket at https://www.mindrocketmediagroup.com/
18:07
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. Host Dr. Rod Berger 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 Rod on Twitter @drrodberger, Samantha @sambeckertweets, Dan @dan_foreman_ec, and Diane @DoerDi. The CoSN Podcast is produced in partnership with MindRocket Media Group. To learn more about CoSN, visit https://www.cosn.org/. Learn more about MindRocket at https://www.mindrocketmediagroup.com/
31:08
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. Host Dr. Rod Berger 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 Rod on Twitter @drrodberger. Follow Donna @DrDonnaWrightd7 and David @DSchuler1970. The CoSN Podcast is produced in partnership with MindRocket Media Group. To learn more about CoSN, visit https://www.cosn.org/. Learn more about MindRocket at https://www.mindrocketmediagroup.com/
31:19
March 13, 2020
CoSN Podcast: S1E4, Improving Alignment Between IT Leaders and Business Partners
In this episode, Dr. Rod Berger 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 Rod on Twitter @drrodberger. Follow Lillian @LillianKellogg and Steve @sdlangford. The CoSN Podcast is produced in partnership with MindRocket Media Group. To learn more about CoSN, visit https://www.cosn.org/. Learn more about MindRocket at https://www.mindrocketmediagroup.com/
29:25
March 6, 2020
CoSN Podcast: S1E3, The Rise of Esports in K-12 Education
In this episode, Dr. Rod Berger 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 Rod on Twitter @drrodberger. Follow Pete @petejust and Kyle @edtechcto. The CoSN Podcast is produced in partnership with MindRocket Media Group. To learn more about CoSN, visit https://www.cosn.org/. Learn more about MindRocket at https://www.mindrocketmediagroup.com/
30:21
February 28, 2020
CoSN Podcast: S1E2, What New K-12 CTOs Need to Know
In this episode, Dr. Rod Berger 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 Rod on Twitter @drrodberger. Follow 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. To learn more about CoSN, visit https://www.cosn.org/. Learn more about MindRocket at https://www.mindrocketmediagroup.com/
24:55
February 20, 2020
CoSN Podcast: S1E1, Digital Equity with Beth Holland
In the debut episode of the podcast, host Dr. Rod Berger 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 Rod on Twitter @drrodberger and follow Beth @brholland The CoSN Podcast is produced in partnership with MindRocket Media Group. To learn more about CoSN, visit https://www.cosn.org/. Learn more about MindRocket at https://www.mindrocketmediagroup.com/
24:46
January 30, 2020