Join us at CoSN 2019 for sessions and workshops


We’re excited to be a Platinum Sponsor of CoSN and the CoSN 2019 Annual Conference.  The CoSN Annual Conference offers a variety of session structures designed to foster hands-on and collaborative learning that focus on K-12’s most pressing challenges, opportunities and technological implementations. Microsoft’s conference lineup is jam-packed with engaging activities, workshops and informative sessions.

Read on to learn more about Microsoft at the CoSN 2019 Annual Conference, running April 1st to April 3rd in Portland, Oregon.


Microsoft Pre-Conference Workshops


Prior to the conference, Microsoft will host several teacher/trainer academies on Monday, April 1st.  Details are included below:


Location: Forum room – 3rd Floor Hilton Conference Center – Portland, OR


9:00am-10:00am – Class of 2030 and Life-Ready Learning

10:00am-11:00am – Assistive Technologies – TEI study

11:00am-12:00pm – Azure: Learn how to leverage in your cloud strategy

12:00pm-1:00pm – Virtual Desktops – deliver classes and labs online to students

1:00pm-3:00pm – Modern Management/Intune and Intune for Education

April 1st, 2019:  9:00am-10:00am – Class of 2030 and Life-Ready Learning (description below)


We asked 3000 students, 4000 educators and 80 global experts what they thought the Class of 2030 would need to navigate their future and analyzed over 200 evidence points. We discovered that today’s kindergarteners will graduate into a world transformed by artificial intelligence (AI), and the skills and dispositions they will need to thrive will be substantively different than those prioritized by previous generations.

In this session, participants will be introduced to the key findings from the 2018 research, “The Class of 2030 and Life-ready Learning” and particularly the two core themes: the critical importance of social/emotional skills and personalized learning. Insights will be shared about the technologies that show greatest promise to extend and amplify these themes: collaborative platforms, mixed reality and analytics powered by AI. There will be key evidence from new global research conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit shared which highlights a well-being agenda for 21st century skills as well as insights from leading schools around the globe who are driving innovation in student well-being.


April 1st, 2019:  10:00am-11:00am – Assistive Technologies – TEI study


Microsoft is committed to revolutionizing access to technology for people living with disabilities—impacting education, employment and quality of life for more than a billion people in the world. Join this session to learn about the latest inclusive developments and accessibility tools, plus how the world of technology is changing to tap everyone’s strengths. We will discuss the latest information around how learning tools can impact your classrooms to help drive student success.


April 1st, 2019:  11:00am-12:00pm – Azure: Learn how to leverage in your cloud strategy


Schools today are turning more to cloud services as a key component of their IT strategy. In this session, we will review how you can bring the Cloud to your institution with Azure. Azure is an open and flexible cloud platform that enables you to quickly build, deploy and manage applications and services across a global network of Microsoft-managed datacenters. Learn how this key platform can impact your district and how it can help you scale.


April 1st, 2019:  12:00pm-1:00pm – Virtual Desktops – deliver classes and labs online to students


Learn about a new offer from Microsoft and partners to deliver inexpensive virtual desktops from Azure. They can be fully managed from your existing tools and can provide online experiences and advanced tools and apps like Autodesk and Adobe through a web browser to any device. They can also be leveraged quickly and easily to meet technology needs of your school.


April 1st, 2019:  1:00pm-3:00pm – Modern Management/Intune and Intune for Education


Intune for Education is Microsoft’s modern management solution for schools. The ability to remotely manage devices makes Intune essential for the IT department looking for low touch, high efficiency Windows 10 and iOS management. Manage your devices from anywhere with Intune for Education. The session will include:

  • Demo of how to provision a Windows 10 device in Intune for EDU in seconds using Setup School PCs and Windows Configuration Designer via USB
  • Differentiate between Intune and Intune for EDU
  • Overview and Demo of Autopilot Reset feature for low touch device readiness, iOS and Android management


Presentation Sessions:


During the conference, Microsoft will deliver several sessions focused on the some of the biggest trends in EdTech.


SPOTLIGHT SESSION: Microsoft – Future of Education

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019

9:15 AM – 9:45 AM: Breakout

Galleria I (Hilton Portland Downtown)

Eran Megiddo, Microsoft, Microsoft Education VP


SPOTLIGHT SESSION: Responding to Screen Time Concerns

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM: Breakout

Dr. Valerie Truesdale, AASA, The Superintendents Association, Assistant Executive Director

Collin Robinson, National PTA, Connected Ambassador

JR Rochelle, Google, Director of Product Management

Mouna Sidi Hida, Microsoft, Principal Program Manager Lead


Continuous Improvement of a Personalized Learning Initiative: The Story of Fresno Unified

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019

10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Broadway I (Hilton Portland Downtown)

Dr. Maria Langworthy, Microsoft Education, Worldwide Director of Research

Dr. Philip Neufeld, Fresno Unified School District, Executive Director, Information Technology

Melissa Giroux, Kiddom, School Success Lead

Ann Leghorn, CUNY Hunter Department of Special Education, Adjunct Professor


Pajama PD: Getting 2,500 Teachers Ready for THEIR Future!

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019

9:15 AM – 10:15 AM

Broadway I (Hilton Portland Downtown)

Josh Anderson, Olathe Public Schools, Executive Director of Technology

Greg DeYoung, Microsoft, Microsoft Education Technology Strategist


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