Alan Kay, one of the founders of the Xerox PARC research lab and a former Apple employee, will be among the speakers at the 24th Annual National Educational Computing Conference (NECC) to be held June 29 through July 2, 2003, at the Washington State Convention & Trade Center in Seattle, Washington.
The NECC 2003 program will let educators “Choose Your Own Keynote” on Tuesday, July 1. Attendees will be able to select from three speakers and topics: Kay, who will speak on “How Children Will Finally Invent Personal Computing.” A member of Hewlett-Packard’s research lab, he worked at Apple from 1984 to 1996. In the late 1960s, he participated in the design of ARPAnet, the forerunner of the Internet. He also helped to create the Dynabook, an early version of today’s laptops. In fact, the Dynabook idea was the basis for early personal computer work at the Xerox’s Palo Alto Research Center (Xerox PARC), where Kay worked on the development of graphical user interfaces until 1981. He left Xerox in 1983, worked briefly at Atari, then became an Apple Fellow in 1984 — the year the Mac was produced. ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) CEO Donald G. Knezek, Ph.D., who will speak on “Technology to the Core … and to the Electives, Too!” Writer and consultant Janette Racicot, who will examine “The Five Essential Questions for e-Learning.”
Prior to the Tuesday keynotes, Mae Jemison, M.D., astronaut, advocate, and inventor, will be the opening keynote speaker. Jemison’s keynote, “Educating All Students to Be Stewards of the Earth We Share,” will be held Sunday evening, June 29, at Seattle’s Key Arena, as part of the conference’s opening ceremonies.
Dr. Alison Rossett, long-time professor of educational technology at San Diego (California) State University, will present NECC 2003’s final keynote at a ticketed luncheon on Wednesday, July 2. Her speech will cover “What K-12 Educators Can Learn from Educators in Corporations and Government.”
NECC is presented by the ISTE in cooperation with the Northwest Council for Computer Education (NCCE). The 2003 show is expected to draw more than 16,000 teachers, teacher educators, administrators, library media specialists, technology coordinators, policy makers, industry representatives, and exhibitors. There’ll be over 450 exhibits of educational hardware and software, as well as local and national speakers, demonstrations, discussions and workshops. You can
register online starting in mid-February.