CoSN and nGenera Corporation (Moxie Software) Announce Partnership to Strengthen Web 2.0 and Social Network Resources for K-12 School Technology Leaders

Powered by Thought Leadership of World-Renowned Innovator and Best-Selling Author, Don Tapscott, Organizations Commit to Key Research and Online Initiatives

WASHINGTON and AUSTIN, Texas, June 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/— Today at the National Educational Computing Conference, the Consortium for School Networking (or CoSN) and nGenera Corporation, led by Don Tapscott – chairman of its nGenera Insight thought leadership group and best-selling author of Wikinomics and Grown Up Digital – announced a partnership between their organizations, based on common interests in aligning the power of Web 2.0 with the enterprise needs of school districts and their communities. Through the partnership, CoSN and its members will participate in thought leadership webinars, join original research projects, and receive Web 2.0 and collaborative advisory services from nGenera. For its part, nGenera will participate in CoSN conferences, CTO Clinics, and Forums; join key CoSN leadership initiatives; and contribute to CoSN professional development resources such as its EdTechNext mini-reports series.

“We are thrilled to have Don Tapscott and nGenera join CoSN as a major sponsor through this partnership,” said Keith Krueger, CEO of CoSN. “Our mission is to empower K-12 school district technology leaders to use technology strategically to improve teaching and learning. Clearly, Web 2.0 technologies and tools have transformative potential in and outside of the classroom. With its deep background in collaborative initiatives and Web 2.0 working with the world’s largest enterprises, we look forward to having an organization like nGenera lending its experience and resources to our membership.”

Among the first collaborations between the organizations under the partnership will be joint work on “Web 2.0 Success and Failure Factors,” a research project being conducted by nGenera’s Insight group. Likewise, the organizations will collaborate on a CoSN-exclusive webinar for CIOs/CTOs led by Don Tapscott and sharing early research going into his next major book, for release in 2010, not yet titled.

“In my research and writing of Grown Up Digital, I spoke with educational leaders around the world,” said Don Tapscott, chairman of nGenera Insight. “They see the profound impact of digital technologies in the private sector, and want to be equally innovative in their schools. They want to move away from a one-size-fits-all broadcast model of education with the teacher being seen as the ‘sage on the stage.’ Instead, much of the curriculum could be built around Web 2.0 technologies that would let students develop at their own pace. Teachers could then spend more one-on-one time with each student and focus on their specific needs. There is tremendous pent-up demand for such creativity. I look forward to working with the Consortium in bringing the digital classroom to life.”

CoSN has made a strong commitment to the effective use of Web 2.0 in schools through its “Participatory Culture in Schools: Overcoming Policy and Organizational Barriers” project, which is sponsored by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The project began in July 2008 and focuses on identifying the district level organizational and policy barriers that impede the adoption of new media in schools and, in collaboration with other national and state organizations, implementing an action plan to overcome them. On May 1, CoSN released a comprehensive survey of district leaders’ perspectives on Web 2.0 in their schools, which is available athttp://www.cosn.org/web20/.

With regard to the nGenera and CoSN partnership, James Bosco, the CoSN/MacArthur project principal investigator said, “I am delighted that CoSN and nGenera will be working together to make more and better use of the wonderful resources that Web 2.0 provides for learning in our schools. The partnership with nGenera will expand and enrich our efforts.”

About nGenera

nGenera drives productivity and velocity by deploying on-demand Collaborative Enterprise Management (CEM) solutions in the world’s leading private and public sector organizations. These innovative solutions combine nGenera’s collaborative applications, executive insight, advisory services, and education to deliver critical business outcomes in marketing, sales, IT, HR and operations. nGen Collaboration and nGenera’s CEM Solutions are available from nGenera today.

About CoSN

Founded in 1992, the Consortium of School Networking (CoSN) is the premier professional association for school district technology leaders. CoSN is committed to providing the leadership, community and advocacy tools essential for the success of these leaders. Its mission is to empower K-12 school district technology leaders to use technology strategically to improve teaching and learning. For more information, visit www.cosn.org.

SOURCE Consortium for School Networking