CoSN to Release New Study Examining K-12 School Administrators' Perspectives on the Role of Web 2.0 in American Schools

On Friday, May 1 at 1:00 p.m. (ET), the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) will host a Web conference to release the findings of a new study, which documents K-12 Web 2.0 policies, practices and the perspectives of nearly 1,200 school administrators on the role of Web 2.0 in American schools. The study, "Leadership for Web 2.0 in Education: Promise and Reality," was developed to determine to what extent U.S. schools are redesigning teaching and learning to tap into the potential of Web 2.0 tools. Three key groups were surveyed - school district superintendents, curriculum directors and technology officers.

The study, which was made possible through a grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, reports that while there is a growing body of evidence that the collaboration inherent in the participatory nature of Web 2.0 tools can be leveraged to deepen student learning, "at this point in time, educational mindsets and school cultures are not yet aligning learning to the realities of the 21st century." The findings also show that while education leaders understand the importance of Web 2.0 tools and educational innovation, some are facing challenging implementation issues.

Web Conference on "Leadership for Web 2.0: Promise and Reality"

Dr. Connie Yowell, Director of Educational Grantmaking, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Keith Krueger, Chief Executive Officer, CoSN
James Bosco, EdD, Principal Investigator of the MacArthur Foundation grant; International Advisory Council Co-Chair, CoSN; and Emeritus Professor, Western Michigan University
Cheryl Lemke, President & Chief Executive Officer, Metiri Group
Chip Kimball, Superintendent, Lake Washington School District
David Jakes, Instructional Technology Coordinator, Glenbrook South High School Glenview

Friday, May 1, 2009
1:00-2:00 p.m. (ET)

Conference Bridge Dial in#: 1888-238-7805; Participant code: 570022#

Get a quick overview:

The Web conference will be an hour-long interactive presentation conducted over the Internet and via conference call. The first half of the Web conference will be dedicated to the presentation of the study's findings, followed by Q&A from reporters and other participants.

Participation in the Web conference is free of charge. To register, please click here to fill out the registration form, and email it to Ariadna Mahon-Santos at