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CoSN's Participatory Learning in Schools

CoSN's Participatory Learning in Schools

Written by Erin Wilkey Oh
July 19, 2011

Web 2.0 tools (wikis, social networking, blogs, gaming, virtual reality, etc) are transforming the way we work, communicate, and collaborate. The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) recognizes these tools are powerful learning resources and are essential in preparing youth for life beyond school.

With support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, CoSN launched its Participatory Learning in Schools: Policy & Leadership Initiative. Through this initiative, CoSN provides a collection of resources, tools, and guidance for administrators ready to help their schools and districts enter into the Web 2.0 world.

Primary Objectives

  • Disseminate information on Web 2.0 and participatory learning relevant to the roles of the three key district level administrators (superintendents, curriculum directors, and technology directors).
  • Develop and provide resources and tools for administrators that are responsive to the critical policy and organizational challenges that need to be addressed to achieve participatory learning in elementary and secondary schools.
  • Distribute information about innovative use of Web 2.0 applications in schools in other nations and assist in establishing linkages between U.S. educations and international colleagues.

Participatory Culture: Building Blocks for School Leaders
Resources in the collection include

  • an administrator’s guide to Web 2.0
  • a community toolkit for school administrators to build understanding and support for Web 2.0
  • an assessment tool for school leaders to identify level of engagement in becoming a transformative leader with Web 2.0
  • a guide for creating Acceptable Use Policies

Resources for Every Role
CoSN provides specific guidance for all involved in school leadership and transformation, including Superintendents and Administrators, Chief Technology Officers and Technology Professionals, and Chief Academic Officers and Curriculum Directors.

Read more about this initiative and explore the resources at the Participatory Learning in Schools website.

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