The Consortium for School Networking today announced the 13 school districts that will participate in a collaborative effort to share experiences, challenges and best practices for innovative uses of new media in K-12 education.
In September, CoSN launched a nationwide search for districts that are at the forefront of social media, Web 2.0 and student-owned mobile device usage, as part of its Participatory Learning in Schools: Leadership and Policy initiative, an effort supported by the MacArthur Foundation. A total of 48 applications were received, and CoSN convened an independent panel to evaluate each district based on 10 key criteria. The 13 districts were selected both for being exemplary in meeting the criteria and for demonstrating a strong commitment to working with other districts. The goal of this effort is to develop effective thought leadership and policy related to the use of digital media.