The 2005 National Educational Computing Conference (NECC) got off to a rousing start in Philadelphia on Monday night with a call to action from International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) president Kurt Steinhaus and a knowledge wake-up call from Harvard Berkman Center fellow David Weinberger.

Thousands of educators packed the Pennsylvania Convention Center's main ballroom for an opening session that featured a Philadelphia welcome from a Benjamin Franklin impersonator, an introductory speech by Steinhaus, presentation of two major annual ISTE awards, and Weinberger's keynote.

Steinhaus began his remarks by


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