As online editor of eSchool News, I have been fortunate to attend numerous ed-tech conferences, including the recent National Educational Computing Conference (NECC) in Philadelphia.

But I'm not the typical conference attendee. I'm not a practicing educator, and my travel isn't funded within the strict budget of a school or district. Sadly, I recognize that while ed-tech conferences are wonderful and very worthwhile, their cost can be a barrier to attendance. I know of many enthusiastic educators who desperately wanted to be at NECC this year but could not go because money wasn't budgeted to pay for


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