Bar set high for year’s biggest ed-tech event

Welcome to the eSchool News Conference Information Center for the National Educational Computing Conference from June 27-30, 2005, in Philadelphia. This section of eSchool News Online is your source for year-round coverage of the most important high-tech education conferences, and no conference draws a bigger crowd than NECC. Whether you’re one of tens of thousands 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 NECC 2005. Find out how to register for the conference, as well as other upcoming events.

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NECC 2005 has a tough act to follow in last year’s event, which drew a record paid attendance of 13,302 visitors to New Orleans and featured appearances by Dell computer founder Michael Dell and Craig Barrett, the CEO of Intel. This year’s conference, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, features more than 500 concurrent sessions with hundreds of additional roundtables, workshops and other exhibits.

Unlike some other education conference, this one is exclusively dedicated to technology issues. In fact, one of the highlights of this year’s event should be a continuous videoconferencing demonstration in which educators will get to go on many of the virtual field trips they can offer their students through technology.

NECC organizers are billing the event as a highly interactive place where “Digital Illuminations Spark a Revolution in Learning!,” and Philadelphia will feature numerous demonstrations involving students. One of those events will be the awarding of the inaugural Student Video Discovery Awards, a joint effort by eSchool News and Discovery Education that will honor top student-produced videos.

Focal points on NECC 2005 include advocacy, assessment, data-driven decision making, and leadership training.

In addition to the exhibit-hall activities and sessions, the conference features five speakers with a wealth of ed-tech expertise. This group includes internet expert and dot-com entrepreneur David Weinberger, futurist Joel Barker, actress and former teacher Deneen Frazier Bowen, inspirational teacher and activist Erin Gruwell, and Marc Prensky, a leading developer of educational computer games for children.

NECC also promises to offer a wealth of information for educators through its sessions, and thanks to our volunteer Conference Correspondents, we’ll be able to cover hundreds of these. In fact, 50 of these educators will be eligible to win a free Neo by AlphaSmart computer companion for their reporting.

So, whether you’re in Philadelphia for the conference, or not, you’ll want to visit the eSN Conference Information Center each day from June 27-30, because we’ll have a complete, real-time roundup of all the major events.


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