Washington, DC — The International Society for Technology in Education
(ISTE®) is pleased to announce that futurist Andrew Zolli will deliver the keynote address and moderate a panel at the 28th annual National Educational Computing Conference (NECC), to be held June 24 through June 27 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Ga.

A brilliant, globally-connected young author and thought leader, Zolli works at the intersection of demographics, creativity, design and technology, teasing out the forces behind innovation and change. Zolli¹s work and ideas have appeared widely in media outlets ranging from PBS and the History Channel to The New York Times and Wired magazine. He has been the futurist-in-residence for American Demographics magazine, Popular Science, National Geographic and National Public Radio¹s Marketplace and is the editor of The Catalog of Tomorrow, which explores 100 trends and technologies for the next 25 years.

As the former chief marketing officer and chief strategy officer of Siegel & Gale, one of the world¹s leading strategy and branding firms, he helped design and position the American Express blue card, Netscape Navigator, the Weather Channel and a host of other high-profile products and services.

Zolli¹s keynote address, held Sunday evening, June 24, will explore the impact of technology on school transformation, student engagement, and preparedness for the future. Zolli will also moderate a panel on Tuesday morning, June 26, exploring how the arts, brain research, and globalization shape the future of education. Additional details about the panel will be announced later this spring.

"We´re very pleased to bring Andrew Zolli to NECC audiences this year," says Leslie Conery, NECC Conference Chair and ISTE Deputy CEO. ³His is a vibrant, multi-disciplinary gift for understanding the central factors that will shape education for decades to come. We´re looking forward to a fascinating conference-long conversation about the future of learning and teaching."

The premier national and international ed tech event, NECC 2007: Learning and Leading With Technology, is presented by ISTE in cooperation with the Georgia Department of Education and Georgia Public Broadcasting. More than 18,000 teachers, teacher educators, technology coordinators, library media specialists, administrators, policy makers, industry representatives, and exhibitors from around the globe are expected to attend.

For 27 years, NECC has provided K-20 education professionals with an annual forum to learn, exchange, and survey advancements in the field of educational technology. Through hands-on and discussion-based workshops, lectures and interactive sessions, discussions with key industry speakers, and the largest vendor exhibition of its kind, NECC offers participants the unique opportunity to discover and share what they need to develop the appropriate use of technology in their classrooms, districts, and universities. NECC involves more than 700 local, regional, and national volunteers in the event.

Prospective attendees are encouraged to register soon, as housing resources and exhibit space fill up quickly every year. Travel information and a preliminary conference schedule are available at www.iste.org/necc/.

Full registration materials, including workshop titles and a schedule of social events, will be available later this month at www.iste.org/necc/, or by phoning toll-free (800) 280-6218. International inquiries should be directed to (541) 346-3537.

Applications for exhibit space and vendor sessions are available online at www.iste.org/necc/, or by phoning NECC 2007 Exhibit Management at (800) 280-6218 or (541) 346-3537. The fax number is (541) 346-3509; e-mail is neccexhibits@iste.org/.

About the International Society for Technology in Education
The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) is the trusted source in education technology for professional development, knowledge generation, and advocacy. A nonprofit membership association, ISTE provides leadership and service to improve teaching and learning by advancing the effective use of technology in K-12 and teacher education. Home of the National Educational Technology Standards (NETS), the Center for Applied Research in Education Technology (CARET), and the National Educational Computing Conference (NECC), ISTE represents more than 85,000 worldwide leaders and emerging leaders in educational technology. We support our members with information, networking opportunities, and guidance as they face the challenge of integrating technology into schools.

Recent ISTE initiatives include the ISTE Institute: Leading with NETS, a professional development program for educators based on ISTE´s NETS; and the ISTE Futures Project, which includes a new formal and academic Delphi Study that will forecast likelihoods for the future of education.

Visit www.iste.org or call (800) 336-5191 to learn more about ISTE.

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