Washington, D.C. – November 16, 2007 – The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE(r)) has announced that the 29th annual National Educational Computing Conference (NECC) will be held June 29 through July 2, 2008, at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas.

The world’s premier Ed Tech event, NECC 2008: Convene, Connect, Transform, is presented by ISTE in cooperation with the Texas Computer Education Association. 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.

"As we build this year’s program we’re exploring fundamental questions about what it means to be a digital citizen in a digital age," says Leslie Conery, ISTE’s deputy CEO and NECC conference chair. "How do we prepare students for living in a global society and increasingly complex world? What new knowledge and skills are needed for productive collaboration in the 21st century? And what types of learning environments foster the development of those skills?"

Conery notes that NECC 2008 will also be a highly interactive conference, with lots of opportunities for attendees to exchange ideas and collaborate with peers from around the globe. Conference offerings include hands-on labs; "bring your own laptop" sessions; model classrooms; and peer-to-peer learning lounges.

For 28 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, ISTE’s 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. More than 700 local, regional, and national volunteers are involved in the event.

Online registration and a preliminary schedule for NECC 2008 are now available at www.iste.org/necc/. Housing reservations are available online, and conference updates, including travel information and keynote speakers, will be posted as soon as they become available.

Full registration materials, including workshop titles and a schedule of social events, will be available in February 2008 at the Web site or by phoning toll-free (800) 280-6218. International inquiries should be directed to (541) 346-3537.

Applications for exhibit space are available online at www.iste.org/necc/, or by phoning NECC 2008 Exhibit Management at (800) 280-6218 or (541) 346-3537. The fax number is (541) 346-3509; eMail is neccexhibits@iste.org/.

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

Visit www.iste.org or call (800) 336-5191 to learn more about ISTE and its new initiatives — including the next generation of NETS for Students, Teachers and Administrators.

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