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: During each conference, log on for real-time news, information, and pictures–live from the show. Real-time highlights include 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.

Our 2005-06 academic year conference coverage begins with the National School Boards Association’s (NSBA) “technology plus learning squared” conference: T+L². From Oct. 26-28, thousands of educators will be in Denver for the biggest ed-tech gathering since June’s National Educational Computing Conference (NECC) in Philadelphia, and eSchool News will be right there to cover every step.

NSBA’s T+L² is one of seven major events to be covered in the 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 in San Diego for the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) National Conference on Education.

Rounding out our big seven will be coverage of the Consortium for School Networking’s 11th annual K-12 School Networking Conference in March, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) annual conference in Chicago in April, and the National Education Computing Conference (NECC) in San Diego in early July.

But first, it’s on to Denver, in what is shaping up to be another exciting for T+L²–the oldest annual ed-tech event outside of NECC. Just one year ago, organizers were saying that the conference’s entire future was in jeopardy (see: “Make or break year for NSBA T+L2 Conference“), but everything turned around with a large turnout in Denver last year. (see: “T+L message: Raise the bar on ed-tech“)

T+L² organizers say they are focused on “providing you and your team members with exactly the right blend of hands-on, practical sessions and those all-important opportunities to stretch your mind, ignite your imagination, and refresh your professional perspective.” In addition to the exhibit-hall activities, the conference features six speakers with a wealth of ed-tech expertise. This group includes futurist and author Neil Gershenfeld, Webby Awards founder Tiffany Shlain, author Guy Garcia, Harvard Graduate School of Education professor Chris Dede, and former teacher and ed-tech expert John Kuglin, an executive with the DVD authoring company, Comchoice, Inc. .

Whether you’re in Denver for the conference, or not, you’ll want to visit the eSN Conference Information Center each day from Oct. 26-28, because we’ll have a complete roundup of the major events and offer a sense of what’s hot this year.

With more than 60 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. You can view the work of last year’s T+L² correspondents at http://www.eschoolnews.com/cic/blog/index.php.

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 biggest events of 2005-06.

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