Preliminary Program: 69th Annual Conference: International Technology Education Association

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San Antonio captures the lively spirit of Texas

Dear ITEA Attendees,

The Texas Technology Education teachers invite you to come and capture the spirit of Texas in San Antonio. Join us March 15-17, 2007 in the eighth largest city in the United States for the 69th Annual ITEA Conference where you will experience a city that has retained its sense of history and tradition while carefully blending in cosmopolitan progress. San Antonio has always been a crossroads and a meeting place where the sounds and flavors of many cultures mingle and merge.

Whether you choose to stay at the Marriott Rivercenter Hotel, connected to the Rivercenter shopping complex and featuring over 135 specialty stores and restaurants, or stay at the beautiful historic Menger Hotel, built in 1859 and rich in Texas history, you're only a short walk from the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center where you'll experience an exceptional conference. With over 100 special interest sessions, two exciting general sessions, a variety of preconference workshops and tours, and the largest trade show featuring products for Technology, Innovation, Design, and Engineering professionals, there's something for everyone, including a spouse/guest program hosted by the local planning team.

Your trip to San Antonio and the ITEA conference will not be complete without a stroll down the famous River Walk for a magical escape, with shops, restaurants, and live music, all set on the edge of a quiet river. However, the River Walk is only one of the many local sights of San Antonio. The Alamo still echoes with the passion that inspired the famous 1836 battle. You'll discover more Southwestern history at La Villita, the original city settlement that still comes to life each day with artists, craftspeople, shops, and restaurants. Market Square is an area patterned after an authentic Mexican market, with 80 specialty shops in Farmers Market Plaza. Highlight your Texas stay on Friday night with a tour-guided river cruise to the Buckhorn Saloon and Museum for an evening of fun, food, and friends.

Join your colleagues in Texas for an unforgettable professional experience. Remember the Alamo.... and remember ITEA San Antonio March 15-17, 2007.

ITEA President

Ken Starkman

Conference Chairperson

Julie Moore

Featured Sessions, Breakfast and Luncheon Programs

Program Excellence General Session

Thursday, March 15 2007

9:00am-10:50am

"How the Corporate World and Education Can Work Together for Success" Featured Speaker: Ray Almgren

"Excellence" is a theme of this general session, designed to recognize outstanding technology education programs. You will hear from Ray Almgren, Vice President of Marketing and Academic Programs for National Instruments, a multinational corporation, as he delivers a corporate perspective of how technology education can play a major role in helping to provide the type of worker that will be needed in the coming decade.

This session will be a part of the larger Program Excellence Awards Session at which technology programs from every state will be honored for their outstanding accomplishments.

ITEA International Luncheon

Thursday, 2007

12:00pm-1:30pm

"Recent, Relevant, and Engaging Technology Education Research to Inform Classroom Practice" Cost: $35; ticket required Featured Speaker: David Barlex

Technology educators are part of a global community. Recently there has been significant research activity in Australia, Canada, England, Israel, the Netherlands, Scotland, Sweden, and the USA. In his address David will describe the work of researchers from around the world that has implications for the way we teach technology in school and how we train technology teachers.

Teacher Excellence General Session

Friday, March 16 2007

9:00am-10:50am

Featured Speakers: Astronaut Candidates Class of 2004

Joe Acaba, Ricky Arnold, and Dottle Metcalf-Lindenburger have been chosen as a part of the Astronaut Candidate Class of 2004. …