Just over two months after the Florida Educational Technology Conference drew a record crowd to Orlando, educators will be back in force at the Orange County Convention Center for the 2005 Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development Annual Conference and Exhibit Show from April 2-4. One of the leading professional development events of the year, ASCD 2005 features more than 600 sessions and will provide a wealth of information about the changing face of school curricula, particularly as it relates to technology integration.

Hundreds of ed-tech companies will be on hand at the convention center’s West Building, and the exhibit hall is scheduled to be open a total of 20 hours over the event’s three days, and eSchool News will be right there, reporting on the event here in our eSN Conference Information Center.

Right up until the opening of the convention, you’ll find schedules, information about featured speakers, and lists of attending vendors right here. Keep coming back in the coming days to see additions to this Center. Even if you can’t make it to Orlando, you’ll reap many benefits of this event simply by bookmarking eSN’s conference coverage.

Beginning on April 2, we’ll have our live, real-time coverage of ASCD 2005. That includes daily news, information, and photos taken at the show. No other educational technology publication covers conferences like eSchool News, which goes one step further with reports on the free sessions from our volunteer Conference Correspondents. You’ll get insight from people who agreed to help us cover TCEA just because they want to help other educators integrate technology into their curricula.

Among the highlights of this year’s conference, will be general session speeches by former U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher, anthropologist and author Jennifer James, and Professor Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, one of the world’s leading authorities on the psychology of creativity, whose research sheds considerable light on what it takes to engage students.

Last year’s ASCD conference in New Orleans focused on boosting scores in year-end assessments (see eSN’s 2004 ASCD recap), while the 2003 event, held in San Francisco, was memorable for an impressive roster of speakers that included journalist Linda Ellerbee and former Atlanta mayor Andrew Young (see eSN’s ASCD 2003 recap).

Links:

eSN Conference Information Center
http://www.eschoolnews.com/cic/

ASCD 2005 Official Site
http://www.ascd.org/

Orange County Convention Center information
http://www.orlandoconvention.com/home.asp

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