CoSN to replace and reinvigorate K-12 edition of the Horizon Report

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The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) has decided to resurrect the K-12 edition of the Horizon Report after the organization that published it folded about three months ago.

CoSN, the association for school technology leaders, announced a new publication series called Driving K-12 Innovation, meant to replace and iterate on the Horizon Reports, which helped edtech specialists navigate crucial developments in the industry. The nonprofit New Media Consortium — which published yearly editions of the Horizon Report for K-12 and higher education — abruptly went bankrupt in December.

“CoSN is proud to strengthen our commitment to ensure that the K-12 community has the foremost insights and tools for emerging technologies,” said Keith Krueger, CEO of CoSN. “In the months ahead, we look forward to create a suite of leading-edge resources that will help school leaders modernize their work environments.”

EDUCAUSE, a nonprofit association for college and university IT leaders, had worked with the NMC for more than a decade to publish the higher education edition of the Horizon Report. Last month, the association bought the bankrupt organization’s assets, including its trademarks, website, membership and subscriber lists, and the Horizon Report, for a total of $55,000.

While EDUCAUSE quickly stepped in to solve the higher education report gap, it remained unclear whether anyone would take on the K-12 version of the popular publication.

CoSN, which co-founded the Horizon Report: K-12 Edition, was a natural fit.

The association will debut a series of three short reports at no cost this fall to provide school leaders with necessary information to help them determine emerging trends that could impact teaching and learning at their schools and districts.

The project will fall under the umbrella of CoSN’s EdTech Next initiative, which examines “hot emerging technologies ranging from data to infrastructure to green computing,” according to the website. The reports are designed to give busy professionals summaries of the most prevalent trends.

One recent report on the CoSN site, separate from the K-12 project, delves into artificial intelligence and whether that technology can “humanize” education.

The subsequent, shorter publications will be released throughout the next year to fuel ongoing conversations that address the top “hurdles, accelerators and technology enablers” in K-12 education.

CoSN is currently seeking school leaders and practitioners to volunteer for the inaugural project board, as well as additional sponsors to add to a list that already includes ClassLink, Google, Amazon Web Services, Dell EMC, Kajeet and ENA.

Reach the reporter at corinne.lestch@edscoop.com and follow her on Twitter @clestch and @edscoop_news.

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