"Innovation" was the watchword at the National School Boards Association's 2009 Technology + Learning (T+L) conference last month in Denver.

Keynote speaker Frans Johansson, author of The Medici Effect, kicked off the annual education-technology conference Oct. 28 by revealing what he believes are the keys to innovation. A panel session on Oct. 29 followed up on that theme, discussing how technology can help bring successful school innovations to scale. And NSBA honored several outstanding innovators who are using technology to help improve learning with its "20 to Watch" awards.

Meanwhile, in the conference exhibit hall, nearly 300 ed-tech companies demonstrated innovative new


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