Keynotes Announced, Full Program Available Online

Washington, D.C.—-Thousands of educators, technology coordinators, administrators, and tech industry reps from school districts, government agencies, and companies around the world are expected to attend the International Society for Technology in Education’s (ISTE’s) 31st annual conference and exhibition June 27 through 30, 2010, at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver.

Previously known as the National Educational Computing Conference (NECC) and presented by ISTE, the annual conference and exhibition is the world’s most comprehensive Ed Tech event.  Last year’s conference in Washington, D.C. attracted more than 18,000 participants and 435 exhibiting companies. 

The theme of ISTE 2010 is “Exploring Excellence” and is held in cooperation with Technology in Education Colorado (TIE).

The opening keynote, to be held Sunday evening, June 27, at the Convention Center, will be author and former World Bank Vice-President Jean-Francois Rischard, who will speak about the role of education in our increasingly complex and interconnected world.  Rischard is the author of 2003’s “High Noon: 20 Global Problems, 20 Years to Solve Them.”

“We’re very pleased that Jean-Francois Rischard will be kicking off the conference this year,” said ISTE’s Deputy CEO and Conference Chair, Leslie Conery. “He brings a fascinating global perspective and call to action to our search for excellence.”

The closing keynote, to be held Wednesday afternoon, June 30, will be Dr. Jeff Piontek, who was chosen as part of a modified crowd sourcing project that identified topics and experts of interest to the prospective audience. Piontek is Head of School at the multi-island Hawaii Technology Academy and was nominated for his attention to excellence and his approach to delivering digital-age education to digital age students.

A Tuesday morning keynote will be announced in the coming weeks.

Additionally, the full conference schedule is now posted online.  It includes nearly 600 sessions, including workshops, posters, and bring-your-own-laptops. These sessions are searchable by theme, category, time, and presenter.  Learn more at

Prospective attendees should register soon because housing resources and exhibit space tend to fill up quickly. Housing, registration, and travel information is available on the ISTE 2010 website or by phoning toll-free 1.800.280.6218. International inquiries should be directed to 1.541.346.3537 or e-mail:

Applications for exhibit space and vendor sessions are available online at, or by phoning ISTE 2010 Exhibit Management at 1.800.280.6218 or 1.541.346.3537. The fax number is 1.541.346.3509; e-mail is


About ISTE

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE®) is the premier membership association for educators and education leaders engaged in advancing excellence in learning and teaching through innovative and effective uses of technology. ISTE is the trusted source in education technology for professional development, knowledge generation, advocacy, and leadership for innovation.

ISTE’s annual conference and exposition, formerly the National Educational Computing Conference, is one of the world’s premier educational technology events.  ISTE is also home to the National Educational Technology Standards (NETS). The standards deliver a roadmap for global digital-age learning skills for students, teachers, and administrators.

ISTE members include individuals, regional and international affiliate organizations, and corporations. With its affiliate network, ISTE represents more than 100,000 education leaders and emerging leaders throughout the world.


ISTE ®is the registered trademark of International Society for Technology in Education.

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