A “Millennium-Ready School Technology Command Center”—the result of months of planning by practicing school technologists, scientists and technicians from the Internet2 project, and some of the most powerful technology companies in the world—will be on display at the School Technology Management 2000 (STM2K) conference at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C., Oct. 17-20.

Reminiscent of “classroom of the future” exhibitions unveiled at national technology conferences of the past, the Millennium-Ready School Technology Command Center will take that venerable concept several steps further, revealing the leading edge of what is possible right now —at the enterprise level in education.

The center will give school leaders a first-hand encounter with the latest cutting-edge hardware and software. Solutions will encompass network administration, global educational communi- cations, automated school management systems, security and remote-access programs, and more. The center will offer STM2K attendees a hands-on opportunity to learn about state-of-the-art tools and techniques that give a school district’s top technology managers maximum control of their technology infrastructure and systems.

“Major breakthroughs in high-end computing, internet video broadcasting, data warehousing, connectivity, system security, and software interoperability are beginning to pay off in a big way for schools,” said Gregg W. Downey, editor and publisher of eSchool News, the national school technology newspaper producing the conference.

“Each attendee can gain a greater appreciation of which command-center components are most appropriate for his or her own school system,” Downey said. “It’s crucial for school leaders to stay up to date on the latest solutions at the enterprise level. In the command center, educators will find out what’s coming and what they need to begin planning for.”

Not the least extraordinary aspect of the Millennium-Ready School Technology Command Center is the level of cooperation it represents among numerous world-class corporations, many of whom are fierce competitors, said Downey. “In real life,” he said, “school technology leaders have to work with multiple vendors. And that multiplicity of brands will be reflected in this presentation. Selections were made by technologists, not corporations. Yet the willingness of these companies to put aside competitive issues in the service of this project is a direct indication of their commitment to education and the eSchool ideal,” said Downey.

Members of the steering committee guiding development of the command center include these individuals and organizations: Dan Broadbent, Helius; David Brower, Novell; Man Bui, IBM; Kathryn Edwards, Sun Microsystems; Tom Lapping, JDL Technologies; Michael Lorion, Apple Computer; Al MacIlroy, JDL Technologies; Todd Moffet, Zenith; Jesse Rodrigues, consultant, former technology director, Tucson Public Schools; Trevor Shaw, technology director, St. Benedict Prep School; Gary Staunch, Compaq Computers; and Jennifer White, Dell Computer Corporation. Downey chaired the committee.

School Technology Management 2000 is presented by eSchool News and co-sponsored by Dell Computer Corporation, with additional support from the FamilyEducation Network. Educational supporters include the CEO Forum on Education and Technology, National Association of Partners in Education (NAPE), National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP); National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE); National Middle School Association (NMSA); and TECH CORPS.

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