At a conference where participants discussed the sea change occurring in today's schools and explored ways of using technology to meet the needs of a new generation of learners, perhaps it was only fitting that the opening keynote speaker was Philippe Cousteau, grandson of the famed ocean explorer Jacques-Yves Cousteau, who spoke of technology's power to reach students worldwide.

Cousteau kicked off the 2009 Florida Education Technology Conference (FETC) last week in Orlando, which organizers said drew 7,000 educators and school technologists from 49 states and 17 countries.

Before he spoke, Ronald Blocker, superintendent of Florida's Orange County Public Schools, alluded to


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