Welcome to the eSchool News Conference Information Center, your source for full coverage of the year’s most important high-tech education conferences. Whether you’re at the conference, or just wish you were, here you can always count on finding:

Advance Coverage: Check here for information on schedules, speakers, and key events in advance of major conferences. Find out how to register for the conferences that interest you most.

Live, Real-Time Coverage: Then, during each conference, log on for real-time news, information, and pictures–live from the show. Real-time highlights include reports from eSN’s nationally recognized team of Education Bloggers, candid assessments from eSN’s cadre of volunteer Conference Correspondents (fellow educators reporting on workshops and seminars), and incisive analysis from the award-winning journalists of eSchool News.

Conference Archive: After each meeting, check back for the conference roundup; click into the Conference Coverage Archive for reflections on recently concluded programs.

We begin our year-round conference coverage with the National School Boards Association’s (NSBA) upcoming “technology plus learning squared” conference: T+L². From Oct. 27-29, thousands of educators will be in Denver for the biggest ed-tech gathering since last summer’s National Educational Computing Conference (NECC) in New Orleans, and eSchool News will be right there to cover every step.

NSBA’s T+L² is one of eight major events to be covered in the new eSN Conference Information Center over the next 12 months. This winter, we’ll report on the Florida Education Technology Conference (FETC) from Orlando. We’ll also be in Texas for both the Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA) convention in Austin and the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) National Conference on Education in San Antonio.

Rounding out our big seven will be coverage of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) annual conference in April, the National Education Computing Conference (NECC) in June, and the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) conference in October 2005.

But first, it’s on to Denver, in what is shaping up to be a milestone year for this conference–the oldest annual ed-tech event outside of NECC. Not long ago, organizers were saying that this year could determine the entire future for T+L² (See: “Make or break year for NSBA T+L2 Conference.”)

T+L² organizers say exhibitors will focus on two major areas: adapting technologies from the business world for their best use in a school environment and innovative integration of technology into the curriculum.

In addition to the exhibit-hall activities, the conference features six speakers with a wealth of ed-tech expertise. This group includes MIT technology researcher and Friendly Planet founder Michael Hawley, interactive computing in education specialists Cathie Norris and Elliot Soloway, Sir Ken Robinson, senior advisor to the president of the Getty Center and the author of Out of Our Minds, Ian Jukes, the director of the InfoSavvy Group, and former Littleton (Colo.) Public Schools superintendent Cile Chavez.

Whether you’re in Denver for the conference, or not, you’ll want to visit the eSN Conference Information Center each day from Oct. 27-29, because we’ll have a complete roundup of the major events and offer a sense of what’s hot this year.

With as many as 80 scheduled district workshops, T+L² promises to offer a wealth of information for educators. The eSN Conference Information Center will report on as many of these workshops as possible, through a team of volunteer Conference Correspondents. In fact, 20 of these reporters will be eligible to win a free Neo by AlphaSmart computer companion.

So if you like ed-tech conferences, you’ve come to the right place. We hope you’ll enjoy your time in our Conference Information Center, and we know it will give you a complete window into the year’s biggest events.