Like the joyful tumult spawned by a drenching downpour after months of drought, the hubbub and energy swirled through the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center at the 2002 National Educational Computing Conference (NECC) in San Antonio, June 17-19.

By organizer reckoning, more than 14,000 were on hand for the conference and exposition—some 3,500 exhibitors staffing approximately 425 booths and more than 10,000 teachers, administrators, and professors cramming into session rooms.

Exact numbers aside, the hall and corridors certainly were teeming throughout the meeting, and several general sessions drew standing-room-only

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