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CoSN Releases Flexible Mobile Platform Report

Washington, DC (March 9, 2011) – The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) today released an EdTechNext report, titled “Flexible Mobile Platforms,” which explores the fundamentals of mobile devices for schools – from their education potential to the pros and cons of student- vs. school-owned devices. The report also details four components of mobile learning that factor into technology planning and decision making, and highlights how some school districts are successfully leveraging mobile devices.
 
“Whether we are talking about smartphones or tablets, mobile devices have quickly become popular tools that students and educators use outside of the classroom on a daily basis. Similarly, mobile learning – using these devices to enhance teaching and learning – should become the norm in schools and school districts if educational leaders understand their educational potential,” said Keith Krueger, CEO of CoSN.
 
Education technology leaders looking for guidance on how to strategically integrate mobile devices into the education technology infrastructure will find this report very valuable. It is designed as a resource to outline the key factors that should be taken into consideration, and is part of CoSN’s efforts to maximize thought leadership on this issue.
 
This report outlines the potential educational benefits of mobile devices, including increased student engagement and achievement, increased competency in 21st century skills, and extended time for learning, among many others. According to the report, these benefits can be realized and mobile learning initiatives can be successful if districts and schools take into account the four components of mobile learning platforms – user devices, network access, software and learning environments and e-content.
 
The CoSN report also details the pros and cons of student- vs. school-owned mobile devices device. For example, regarding school-provided smartphones, the pros include device consistency and controlling network access in school, while the cons include the expense of 3G and 4G data plans and the need for schools to maintain a robust Wi-Fi infrastructure, among others. In addition, the report provides a comprehensive list of major mobile devices with their features and operating systems, and data network technologies and carriers – all aimed at providing educators with critical information needed for technology planning and decision making.
 
This report is the latest CoSN’s EdTechNext report, a series of “mini-reports” developed to keep educators up-to-speed on the latest trends in educational technology. They provide a brief introduction to new and emerging technologies and insight on their educational value. CoSN’s EdTechNext reports are only available to members of CoSN. For members of the press interested in receiving a complimentary copy of the report, please contact Jennifer Cummings at jcummings@cosn.org. To learn more about the reports or to become a member of CoSN, visit www.cosn.org.
 
About the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN)
CoSN is the premier professional association for school, district and educational service agency technology leaders. CoSN’s members are a unique blend of education and technology leaders and decision makers from the public and private sectors. The mission of CoSN is to empower K-12 district technology leaders to use technology strategically for the improvement of teaching and learning.
 
CoSN provides leadership, community, and advocacy essential for the success of these leaders. Visit www.cosn.org or phone 866.267.8747 to find out more about CoSN’s Leadership Initiatives, annual conference and events, policy and advocacy, membership, and resources supporting and promoting leadership development to ensure that technology is used strategically for the improvement of teaching and learning in elementary and secondary schools.