As we reported in January, Apple CEO Steve Jobs will be the
opening keynote speaker at the 22nd Annual National Educational Computing Conference
(NECC) in Chicago on Monday, June 25, at the McCormick Place convention center in Chicago. Now we have more details on Apple’s presence at the show.
is a three-day (June 25-27) conference, with a pre-conference workshop on June 23-24. The focus is to educate and inform educators on developments in computing and technology for the classroom. Last year over 13,000 educators — classroom teachers, school administrators, technology coordinators, media specialists and higher education professionals — attended. This year more than 400 hardware and software vendors have committed to demonstrating their education solutions.
“Mr. Jobs has never spoken to NECC and we’re very excited to have him speak to many of our 13,000 attendees,” Barbara Hewick, a representative for NECC, told MacCentral.
Apple’s booth in the Exhibition Hall will sport an iBook Wireless Mobile Lab. Look for a focus on Mac OS X in education, as well as lots of info on Apple’s newly acquired PowerSchool, the Web-based student information systems for K-12 schools and school districts.
Apple will be highlighting:
Digital media with iDVD, iMovie, and Final Cut Pro;
Internet resources with iTools for Education, EdView, Apple Learning Interchange, Apple Learning Professional Development, and the Apple Store for Education;
Mobile computing with the iBook, Titanium PowerBook G4, and AirPort;
Student achievement with the Apple Learning Series, Special Needs products, and AppleWorks.
Additionally, during the conference Apple will sponsor an iBook Loaner Program and will provide email stations for the convenience of attendees. Apple’s booth will be open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Monday, June 25; 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 26; and 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 27.
On Tuesday, Cheryl Vedoe, Apple’s vice president of Education Marketing and Solutions, will give a session on “Empowering Education through Technology” from noon to 1 p.m. David Dwyer of the Apple Classroom for Tomorrow program will discuss “Technology in our Schools: Have We Learned Enough to Prepare for the Road Ahead?” from 3-4 p.m.