8/18/2008 5:00:00 AM
Three events this summer proved that despite
general economic malaise, the business of integrating new technologies
into the practice of education is healthy. Alan
November's seminal Building Learning Communities conference
in Boston was bursting at the seams with presentations and conversations
among leading-edge teachers including our own
bloggers Cheryl Lemke and Bob Sprankle. I had the pleasure to
moderate a forum at Certiport's annual conference on the big
island of Hawaii (I know, tough job), where tech-savvy students
from around the world were honored for their work. You can read
details about both events in detail online at techlearning.com
and in future issues.
But the granddaddy of them all, of course, was the 2008
National Education Computing Conference, held this year in San
Antonio, TX. Over 17,000 attendees braved the humidity and
tchotchke attacks to check out the latest gear and strategies for
the 21st-Century classroom. As always, Tech&Learning was there
to capture the action. This was only my fourth NECC, but the
buzz reminded me of the late, great Comdex shows of the mid-
1990s, where people were excited about the promises of the
"Information Superhighway" and were professing that e-mail in
fact would become an essential business tool. This year's energy
for learning systems that work, as well as real-world classroom
success stories, bodes well. Check out our coverage starting on
page 30. It includes hands-on reviews of some of the products
announced at the show. Going forward, look for concise feedback
on all-new technology in our expanded reviews department,
both online each week and each month in print.
Thanks for reading.
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