Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

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Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

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OVERVIEW

The National School Boards Association's (NSBA) 14th Annual Technology + Learning Conference (T+L), to be held at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver on October 25-28, is set up to help school leaders hone their knowledge of technology's role in schooling. The ultimate goal is to improve overall student achievement. Considered one of the top educational technology conferences in the nation, T+L brings together school district leaders, technology specialists and educational technology vendors.

A series of speakers will highlight the three-day conference. Cisco Systems Chairman John P. Morgridge will speak at the first general session. (See T.H.E.'s interview with Morgridge on this page.) Using his inside knowledge of the Internet, he will speak about helping schools use the information superhighway to better prepare students for today's society and for the modern workplace. Other speakers will include:

* Mary Catherine Bateson, renowned anthropologist and lecturer. Famed for her expertise in lifelong learning, she will discuss how technology affects communication, relationships, the ability to change, life cycles and gender roles.

* John Perry Barlow, an Internet pioneer, will talk about how the wired age can connect us in new ways.

* Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and co-founder of the Meyerhoff Scholarship Program, will talk about developing and encouraging tomorrow's leaders.

* Mickey Revenaugh, V.P. of Education at Hifusion, will moderate a panel of leaders from three nationally recognized "virtual schools."

* Alan November, a senior partner with Education Renaissance Planners and a national leader in educational technology, will provide insight into technology and curriculum planning, staff development and community coalition building.

Over 340 of the nation's top educational technology suppliers will exhibit at the conference. Attendees to the exhibit hall can learn about educational innovations from companies such as AOL, Apple, Compaq, Gateway, IBM, Intel, Microsoft and many more. For the second year, new start-up firms will be showcased in a special "Incubator" area. Acer is providing registered attendees with special expo lead-tracking cards. These cards allow the attendees to request information from the exhibitors, and give them access to the T+L Conference Message System. E-mail stations will also be provided throughout the conference.

More than 200 school district and vendor workshop sessions and roundtables will provide practical tools, advice and tips for finding educational technology solutions; In addition, real-life stories from educators in the field will be showcased. Sponsored by NSBA's ITTE: Educational Technology Programs and co-sponsored by more than 25 national education programs, the three-day conference brings educators the latest ideas, solutions and innovations from school districts across the country.

Educause Conference

Higher education instructors and administrators will benefit from the numerous seminars, speakers, workshops and more than 150 corporate exhibitors at the Educause 2000 conference from October 10-13 in Nashville, TN at the Opryland Hotel. Because this year's theme is "together we'll think IT through," the convention is focused largely on seminars designed to provoke thought and discussion.

On Tuesday, October 10, attendees may sit in on in one or several of the 35 pre-conference seminars offered. Topics for the pre-conference meetings include ownership in the digital academy, theoretical foundations of multimedia, and developing portals. Track sessions, workshops and presentations supplement the pre-conference seminars for the remainder of the convention, and span in subject matter from exploring the capabilities and opportunities of new technologies to e-business solutions for higher education. …

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