Boston, MA–March 7, 2007–Thomson Course Technology, the worldwide leader in computing education and part of Thomson Learning, held its 12th Annual National Conference February 28th through March 2nd in Orlando, Florida. This annual three-day conference is the premier industry event for computer technology educators providing hands-on training, networking opportunities, and general discourse on industry trends, teaching, and courseware solutions.

More than 500 professors, administrators, and teachers from universities, community colleges, career and high schools from across the country attended this year´s event.

Thomson Course Technology kicked off the release of the Microsoft Office 2007 and Windows Vista products and the conference was focused on the impact of these news technologies on today´s student and tomorrow´s professional. The event offered solutions for how to transform courses and engage students and allowed for interaction with renowned Thomson Course Technology authors.

The sold-out conference featured more than 50 educational sessions and hands-on labs, a keynote presentation by Tony Franklin of Microsoft, an exhibit hall showcasing the latest Thomson Course Technology products, as well as those of the show´s sponsors–Novell, Certiport, and Hostingspot.com.

Key topics of this year´s National Conference included introductions to the features of the new Microsoft software applications as well as transitioning a course for the change, web design, and development applications; methods to enhancing the learning environment and engaging students, security and digital media; and how to incorporate assessment into the classroom.

"As technology continues to evolve, especially in this new year of Vista and Microsoft Office 2007, educators are challenged to find ways to equip themselves with information and new teaching techniques to meet the changing needs of students," said Nicole Pinard, vice president, Thomson Course Technology. "In its 12th year, our National Conference provides teachers with the unique opportunity to network with peers and experts, share strategies and course best-practices, and experience new technologies through hands-on labs."
For more information about Conference 2007 visit www.course.com/events .

About Thomson Learning and Thomson Course Technology

Thomson Learning delivers highly customized learning solutions for colleges, universities, professors, students, reference centers, government agencies, corporations, and professionals around the world. These solutions are delivered through specialized content, applications, and services that foster academic excellence and professional development, as well as provide measurable learning outcomes to its customers. Thomson Learning´s mission is to shape the future of global learning by delivering consistently better learning solutions for learners, instructors, and institutions. Thomson Course Technology is the worldwide leader in computing education, offering more than 1,600 print and innovative technology-based products for business and technology training. You can learn more about Thomson Learning and Thomson Course Technology by visiting us on the web at www.thomson.com/learning and www.course.com .

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