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   DataBus - Vol 40 No 6: October-November, 2000
40th Annual CEDPA K-12 Technologists Conference Speaker Update

This year promises to be a banner year for our conference in terms of speakers. The conference is in Santa Barbara at the Fess Parker Double Tree Inn, November 15, 16, and 17th. The title of the conference is "Supporting the Virtual Learning Community". More information can be found on the theme by visiting the following CEDPA site http://cedpa-k12.org/databus-issues/v40n3/virtual.shtml. The virtual learning community is made possible through the use of technology. Via the web the traditional learning day can be extended beyond the walls of the classroom and beyond the typical school hours. Students and parents alike can access instructional materials, grades, homework, etc. at any time they want to via the web. They are no longer bound by just the classroom. Furthermore, as technologists we are now more than ever before able to better support the environment via tools that allow us to reach out to the community.
Highlights of This Year’s Program
Our pre-conference event will showcase how to use software tools to reach out across the network and improve support (Intel LanDesk) as well as the latest and greatest on XML and Schools Interoperability Framework (Apple). The Schools Interoperability Framework (SIF) is a new technical blueprint for the seamless integration of multivendor software applications in K-12 school districts.
Our keynote speakers this year will bring us perspectives on Education Technology from two prominent companies in the Education Market: Jim Sauer, Vice President and General Manager, Dell K-12 Business Unit, and Toby Richards, Director of Education Customer Marketing & Programs, Microsoft Corporation.
We will also have several outstanding breakout sessions this year. Topics will range from how to train teachers for technology integration to how to broadcast video over your network to how to support your network infrastructure more efficiently. We will get updates from the California Department of Education, The California School Information Systems (CSIS) and the Digital California Project (DCP). We will hear from many of our K12 colleagues throughout the state on how they are managing technology issues in their districts as well as gain technical knowledge from vendors throughout the conference.
It promises to be quite a year in terms of knowledge being presented at this year's conference. I am sure you will be impressed and learn something new. I hope you enjoy the speakers we have been fortunate to put together.