Jean-Francois Rischard will deliver ISTE's opening keynote.

Jean-Francois Rischard will deliver ISTE's opening keynote.

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) 31st annual conference and exhibition June 27-30, 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 on June 27 will feature 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 on June 30 will feature Dr. Jeff Piontek, who was chosen as part of a modified crowdsourcing project that identified topics and experts of interest to the prospective audience. After many years in the New York City area as a science teacher and Director of Instructional and Informational Technology, Piontek is now Head of School at the multi-island Hawaii Technology Academy (HTA) and was nominated for his attention to excellence and his approach to delivering digital age education to digital age students.

HTA is a unique state charter school that has been transforming public education through a hybrid model of individualized learning that combines classroom and virtual learning across the islands of Oahu, Kauai, Maui, the Big Island, Lanai, and Molokai. The school performed at the top of Hawaiian public schools its first year, and doubled its enrollment to 500 students by its second year.

Piontek sits on the National Governor’s Association STEM committee as well as the State of Hawaii Economic Development Workforce Committee.