CoSN 2010 Annual Conference

Consortium for School Networking
Omni Shoreham Hotel
Washington, DC
February 28 through March 2, 2010

The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) announced a compelling lineup of keynote speakers for its 15th Annual Conference, themed Innovation, Ingenuity, and Insight, which will be held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC, February 28 through March 2, 2010.

How are countries around the world integrating technology into and increasing global awareness through their educational programs? Why is it vital for the United States to expand the competence of our students through international linkages and partnerships? The Consortium for School Networking's (CoSN) 9th Annual International Symposium themed, Harnessing Web 2.0 for Global Understanding in Education, will focus on and help answer those and other related questions. The Symposium will take place on Sunday, February 28, 2010, in Washington, DC, a day before to the official kickoff of CoSN's 2010 Conference.

The Symposium will focus on the importance of incorporating Web 2.0 tools into formal education to increase global and cultural understanding. The discussion will also address the economic and social barriers that must be removed for the implementation of these tools to be successful. With the goal to stimulate a global conversation, the Symposium is designed to highlight how the use of information communication technology provides an opportunity to develop an international education agenda. The countries participating in the Symposium include Australia, Brazil, Brussels, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Scotland, Singapore, and the United Kingdom.

On Monday, March 1, the 2010 Conference will begin with an opening keynote address delivered by global innovation expert Larry Keeley, President of Doblin, Inc. His remarks will focus on Finding the Future First, a discussion on exploring innovation frontiers in education. The Conference will conclude on Tuesday, March 2, with a closing joint keynote conversation led by Jim Shelton, Assistant Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Education; and Charlie Leadbeater, Author of Learning from the Extremes and the UK's leading authority on innovation strategy for companies, cities and governments. Curtis W. Johnson, Co-author of Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns, will moderate the discussion.

"This year we are looking ahead to the future of education and asking tough questions about the role technology and innovation will play in the 21st century and beyond. Innovation fuels America, and we'll be exploring how that spirit of ingenuity, creativity and imagination can be applied in the classroom to fuel our students' collective success," said CoSN Conference Co-Chair Karen Greenwood Henke.

On the pre-conference day, Sunday, February 28, CoSN's 9th Annual International Symposium, Harnessing Web 2.0 for Global Understanding in Education, will explore major efforts to foster global understanding particularly with the use of collaborative tools, as well as organizational and logistical issues that hamper these efforts. The Symposium will open with a keynote by Francesc Pedro, Senior Policy Analyst, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) based in Paris. The Symposium's closing keynote address will be delivered by Marshall "Mike" Smith, Senior Counselor to the U.S. Secretary of Education & Director of International Affairs, and will focus on Using Web 2.0 to Create a Global Village.