Feb. 4-6, Seattle, Wash. Microsoft Anytime Anywhere Learning Summit. Microsoft invites K-12 educators around the world to attend the fifth annual Anytime Anywhere Learning Summit, a three-day conference dedicated to in-depth discussion of student laptop programs. Summit 2000 is designed for K-12 superintendents, headmasters, principals, and school board members who are new to the Anytime Anywhere Learning vision, as well as educators already familiar with integrating laptops into the classroom.

Contact: (208) 377-0446


Feb. 9-11, Nashville, Tenn. National School Renaissance Conference. Sponsored by Advantage Learning Systems, this event is the first in a series of annual conferences that target K-12 educators who are using School Renaissance, the company’s comprehensive school improvement program, or components of that program, such as Accelerated Reader or Accelerated Math. Attendees will be offered more than 50 training sessions on the latest in research, technology, and teaching techniques designed to accelerate learning in the classroom.

Contact: (800) 338-4204


Feb. 11-13 and March 10-12, Scottsdale, Ariz. Making the Technology-Education Connection: A Briefing for School Leaders. These briefings are three-day meetings conducted by veteran school board member Bob Hughes. They are intended to provide leaders with the information they need to lead their schools and communities into effective technology development. The briefings will include hands-on opportunities to explore internet resources designed for school leaders.

Contact: (800) 950-6722


Feb. 29-March 2, Orlando, Fla. Florida Educational Technology Conference (FETC) 2000. With more than 13,000 attendees each year, FETC represents the largest educational technology conference in the country. Featured speakers this year will include Sara Armstrong from the George Lucas Foundation, Chris Dede from George Mason University, and Cheryl Lemke from the Milken Exchange. Featured events will include a “Meet the Speakers” reception; more than 200 breakout sessions; professional development workshops; first-timers’ sessions; and an 800-vendor exhibit hall.

Contact: (850) 219-9600



March 2-4, Louisville, Ky. Kentucky Teaching and Learning Conference. Formerly called the Kentucky Educational Technology Conference, this event offers a variety of instructional strategies, including technology tools, to support student learning and performance. Workshops and sessions will reflect the infusion of technology into the curriculum, and students will demonstrate technology projects in a special Showcase section. Speakers will include eSchool News columnist Jamie McKenzie and Elliot Soloway, professor of education at the University of Michigan.

Contact: (502) 564-7168


March 3-6, San Francisco, Calif. AASA’s 132nd Annual Conference on Education. Sponsored by the American Association of School Administrators (AASA), the 132nd installment of this conference features speakers John Seely Brown of Xerox Corp. and Benjamin Barber of Rutgers University; ten pre-conference workshops covering topics such as “Educational Technology Applications” and “Village-Building for Educational Leaders”; and six hands-on workshops, such as “Implementing Future-Focused Learning in the Classroom.”

Contact: (703) 875-0748


March 6-9, Palm Springs, Calif. TechEd2000. TechEd2000 is a hands-on conference for educators from secondary schools, community colleges, and universities to learn about technology trends and solutions that are shaping education’s future. The event will feature more than 100 concurrent sessions, hands-on software labs, and distinguished keynote speakers, including Nicholas Negroponte, co-founder and director of the MIT Media Lab; John Warnock, co-founder and CEO of Adobe Systems; and cultural anthropologist Jennifer James.

Contact: (916) 446-5881 or info@teched2000.org


March 30-31, Austin, Texas. School Technology Leadership Conference. Sponsored by eSchool News, this strategic conference for K-12 decision makers will teach attendees all the hands-on, how-to tools necessary to reinvent their school technology programs. This two-day event has been developed to teach the state-of-the-art in school technology management models, theory, and application—presented by a top-notch lineup of nationally recognized experts from education, technology, government, and the private sector.

Contact: (800) 394-0115



April 1-4, Anchorage, Alaska. Alaska Society for Technology in Education (ASTE) Annual Conference. Features of this event include pre-conference workshops, extensive hardware and software exhibits, an ASTE banquet, and regional caucuses to discuss local technology education issues.

Contact: (907) 474-7061