General Sessions

Opening General Session 

Envisioning the Skills Students Need: 2030

Monday, April 1, 2019
4:15 pm – 6:00 pm

Today’s kindergarten class will graduate in 2030 after experiencing a world of rapid technological change. What will the world look like as the class of 2030 leaves our education systems? How do we prepare them now for success in that world? The CoSN 2019 Conference: Envision 2030: Leadership for Learning, will explore how we provide the class of 2030 with the skills they will need for success. We will focus on the role technology leaders play in envisioning, shaping and leading the school system transformation to support student needs. Come and continue the conversations started at CoSN 2018; Exponential Change: Designing Learning in the 4th Industrial Revolution.


Yong Zhao, Foundation Distinguished Professor, School of Education, University of Kansas
Karen Cator, President and CEO, Digital Promise
Moderator: Melissa Dodd, Chief Technology Officer, San Francisco Unified School District

General Session

State of CoSN & FailFest

Tuesday, April 2, 2019
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

  • Learn about exciting new resources and tools.
  • Fail Fast at FailFest.

Closing General Session

 Using Design Thinking to Reimagine Learning
Wednesday, April, 2019
3:10 pm – 4:30 pm

Our CoSN 2019 conference has focused on preparing the class of 2030 with the skills needed for success in a world of rapid and sustained technological change.  An important contributor to student learning are the spaces students use while learning. How will learning spaces continue to evolve to meet the changing needs of students?  What can we learn from applying design thinking principles to student learning spaces? Our closing session will explore the relationship between student learning, the spaces they need, and how design thinking can help us imagine inspiring spaces for students to learn.


Randall Fielding, Fielding Nair International, Founding Chairman
Richard Culatta, CEO, ISTE
Fabian Bartos, Student and Innovative 3D Printer
Moderator: Chip Kimball, Superintendent, Singapore American School

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