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History of ISTE's Annual Conference and Exposition

ISTE has an amazing 33-year history of providing a premier conference for ed tech professionals around the world! Take a stroll back in time to see how the conference has evolved over the years.

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#33—ISTE 2012

Title: Expanding Horizons
Location: San Diego, CA
Presented in cooperation with: Computer-Using Educators, Inc (CUE)
Chair: Leslie Conery

The major themes were:
  • School Improvement
  • Technology Infrastructure
  • Professional Learning
  • Digital Age Teaching & Learning
  • Virtual Schooling/E-learning
The keynote speakers were:
  • Sir Ken Robinson with Shawn Covell, Marc Prensky, and Mayim Bialik
  • Dr. Yong Zhao
  • Dr. Willie Smits and Christopher Gauthier
There were 379 concurrent sessions:
  • School Improvement: 59
  • Technology Infrastructure: 18
  • Professional Learning: 47
  • Digital Age Teaching & Learning: 242
  • Virtual Schooling/E-learning: 13
There were also an additional 629 presentations:
  • Research Papers: 54
  • Traditional Posters: 285
  • Global Collaboration Posters: 36
  • Student Showcase: 52
  • Playgrounds: 9
  • Workshops: 133
  • Forums/Summit/Symposium: 13
  • Meeting/Gatherings (inc. Association events): 47
Exhibitors:
  • Exhibiting Companies: 503
  • Exhibit Booths: 1,306
  • Exhibit Personnel: 4,700

#32—ISTE 2011

Title: Unlocking Potential
Location: Philadelphia, PA
Presented in cooperation with: Pennsylvania Association for Educational Communications & Technology (PAECT)
Chair: Leslie Conery

The major themes were:
  • School Improvement
  • Technology Infrastructure
  • Professional Learning
  • Digital Age Teaching & Learning
  • Virtual Schooling/E-learning
The keynote speakers were:
  • Dr. John Medina
  • Dr. Stephen R. Covey with moderation by Boyd Craig; follow up session by Muriel Summers with Dr. David K. Hatch
  • Chris Lehmann
There were 355 concurrent sessions:
  • School Improvement: 34
  • Technology Infrastructure: 20
  • Professional Learning: 49
  • Digital Age Teaching & Learning: 238
  • Virtual Schooling/E-learning: 14
There were also an additional 629 presentations:
  • Research Papers: 55
  • Traditional Posters: 297
  • Global Collaboration Posters: 36
  • Student Showcase: 52
  • Playgrounds: 8
  • Workshops: 124
  • Forums/Summit/Symposium: 15
  • Meeting/Gatherings (inc. Association events): 42
Exhibitors:
  • Exhibiting Companies: 501
  • Exhibit Booths: 1,423
  • Exhibit Personnel: 4,562

#31—ISTE 2010

Title: Exploring Excellence
Location: Denver, CO
Presented in cooperation with: Colorado Technology in Education (TIE)
Chair: Leslie Conery

The major themes were:
  • School Improvement
  • Technology Infrastructure
  • Professional Learning
  • Digital Age Teaching & Learning
  • Virtual Schooling/E-learning
The keynote speakers were:
  • Jean-François Rischard
  • Panel: Karen Cator, Terry Godwaldt, Shaun Koh, Jean François Rischard; Moderator: Jennifer Corriero
  • Jeff Piontek
There were 356 concurrent sessions:
  • School Improvement: 35
  • Technology Infrastructure: 27
  • Professional Learning: 53
  • Digital Age Teaching & Learning: 226
  • Virtual Schooling/E-learning: 15
There were also an additional 604 presentations:
  • Research Papers: 49
  • Traditional Poster: 270
  • Global Collaboration Poster: 29
  • Student Showcase: 47
  • Playgrounds: 9
  • Workshops: 107
  • Forums/Summit/Symposium: 14
  • Meetings/Gatherings (including Association events): 54
There were 456 exhibitors.

#30—NECC 2009

Title: Celebrating 30 Years of Ed Tech Vision
Location: Washington, DC
Presented in cooperation with: A Maryland Association for Educators Using Technology (MICCA) & The Virginia Society for Technology in Education (VSTE)
Chair: Leslie Conery

The major themes were:
  • School Improvement
  • Ethics and Equity
  • Technology Infrastructure
  • Professional Learning
  • 21st Century Teaching & Learning
  • Virtual Schooling/E-learning
The keynote speakers were:
  • Malcolm Gladwell
  • Panel: Robert Siegel, NPR, Moderator, with Marshall Thompson, Erik Bakke, Brad Jupp, Michael Horn, Cheryl Lemke, Gary Stager
  • Erin Gruwell
There were 303 concurrent sessions:
  • School Improvement: 38
  • Ethics and Equity: 4
  • Technology Infrastructure: 15
  • Professional Learning: 29
  • 21st Century Teaching & Learning: 203
  • Virtual Schooling/E-learning: 13
There were also an additional 604 presentations:
  • Research Papers: 49
  • Traditional Posters: 246
  • Global Gallery Posters: 36
  • Student Showcase: 46
  • Playgrounds: 6
  • Birds-of-a-Feather Sessions: 29
  • Workshops: 113
  • Forums/Summit/Symposium/Institute: 21
  • Meetings/Focused Gatherings (including Association events): 43
  • ITRT Pavillion: 15
There were 439 exhibitors.

#29—NECC 2008

Title: Convene, Connect, Transform
Location: San Antonio, TX
Presented in cooperation with: Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA)
Chair: Leslie Conery

The major themes were:
  • School Improvement
  • Ethics and Equity
  • Technology Infrastructure
  • Professional Learning
  • 21st Century Teaching & Learning
  • Virtual Schooling/E-learning
The keynote speakers were:
  • James Surowiecki
  • Jim Carleton and Mali Bickley
  • Idit Harel Caperton
There were 328 concurrent sessions:
  • School Improvement: 37
  • Ethics and Equity: 6
  • Technology Infrastructure: 18
  • Professional Learning: 44
  • 21st Century Teaching & Learning: 203
  • Virtual Schooling/E-learning: 20
There were also an additional 556 presentations:
  • Research Papers: 42
  • Traditional Posters: 239
  • Global Gallery Posters: 27
  • Student Showcase: 27
  • Playgrounds: 9
  • Birds-of-a-Feather Sessions: 28
  • Workshops: 114
  • Forums/Institute: 19
  • Meetings/Focused Gatherings (including Association events): 51
There were 479 exhibitors

#28—NECC 2007

Title: Learning & Leading with Technology
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Presented in cooperation with:The Georgia Department of Education, Georgia Public Broadcasting, and Georgia's Leadership Institute for School Improvement
Chair: Leslie Conery

The major themes were:
  • School Improvement
  • Ethics and Equity
  • Technology Infrastructure
  • Professional Learning
  • 21st Century Teaching & Learning
  • Virtual Schooling/E-learning
The keynote speakers were:
  • Andrew Zolli
  • Panel: Andrew Zolli, Mary Cullinane, Michael McCauley, Francesc Pedro, Elizabeth Streb
  • Tim Tyson, Tia Riedlinger, Josh Schwarz
There were 226 concurrent sessions:
  • School Improvement: 32
  • Ethics and Equity: 8
  • Technology Infrastructure: 11
  • Professional Learning: 30
  • 21st Century Teaching & Learning: 127
  • Virtual Schooling/E-learning: 18
There were also an additional 547 presentations:
  • Corporate Spotlights: 7
  • Research Papers: 23
  • Poster Sessions: 187
  • Global Gallery: 22
  • Student Showcase Sessions: 16
  • Bring Your Own Laptops (BYOL) Sessions: 27
  • Interactive Videoconferencing (IVC) Showcase: 8
  • Problem/Solution Panels: 19
  • Model Lesson: 13
  • Hands-on Open Source: 12
  • Playgrounds: 9
  • Birds-of-a-Feather Sessions: 24
  • Workshops: 111
  • Forums/Institutes: 15
  • Meetings/Focused Gatherings (including Association events): 54
There were 484 exhibitors

#27—NECC 2006

Title: Explore. Dream. Discover
Location: San Diego, California
Presented in cooperation with: California Computer-Using Educators (CUE)
Chair: Leslie Conery

The major themes were:
  • Vision, Leading, and Accountability
  • Technology Capacity
  • Human Capacity
  • Learning Environment
  • Ethics and Equity
The keynote speakers were:
  • Nicholas Negroponte
  • Dewitt Jones
There were 291 concurrent sessions:
  • Vision, Leading, and Accountability: 35
  • Technology Capacity: 21
  • Human Capacity: 46
  • Learning Environment: 177
  • Ethics and Equity: 12
There were also an additional 612 presentations:
  • Corporate CEO Spotlights: 4
  • Research Papers: 45
  • Poster Sessions: 188
  • Global Gallery: 54
  • Student Showcase Sessions: 32
  • K-12 Interactive Videoconferencing Showcase: 18
  • EETT Showcase 12
  • California Gold: 13
  • Hands-on Open Source 15
  • Playgrounds 6
  • Birds-of-a-Feather Sessions: 43
  • Workshops: 127
  • Forums/Institutes/Symposia: 13
  • Meetings/Focused Gatherings (including Association events) 42
There were 494 exhibitors

#26—NECC 2005

Title: Digital Illuminations—Sparking a Revolution in Learning
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Presented in cooperation with: The Pennsylvania Association for Educational Communications and Technology (PAECT)
Chair: Leslie Conery

The major themes were:
  • Framework
  • Technology Capacity
  • Human Capacity
  • Learning Environment
  • Ethics and Equity
The keynote speakers were:
  • David Weinberger
  • Joel Barker
  • Deneen Frazier Bowen
  • Erin Gruwell
  • Marc Prensky
There were 293 concurrent sessions:
  • Framework: 39
  • Technology Capacity: 22
  • Human Capacity: 61
  • Learning Environment: 161
  • Ethics and Equity: 10
There were also an additional 550 presentations:
  • Corporate CEO Spotlights: 6
  • Research Papers: 56
  • Poster Sessions: 107
  • Global Gallery: 33
  • Student Showcase Sessions: 44
  • PT3 Gallery: 19
  • K-12 Interactive Videoconferencing Showcase: 18
  • Pennsylvania Showcase: 10
  • Birds-of-a-Feather Sessions: 46
  • Workshops: 145
  • ISTE Member Events 26
  • ISTE Partner Events 4
  • Other Program Events (including Playgrounds and Internet2 Demos) 27
  • Professional Development Events 9
There were 512 exhibitors

#25—NECC 2004

Title: Jammin' & Jazzin' with Technology
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Presented in cooperation with: The Louisiana Association of Computer Using Educators (LACUE).
Chair: Leslie Conery

The major themes were:
  • Framework
  • Technology Capacity
  • Human Capacity
  • Learning Environment
  • Equity and Accountability
The keynote speakers were:
  • Malcolm Gladwell
  • Jennifer Corriero & Michael Furdyk
  • Susan Patrick
  • Craig Barrett
  • Peter Reynolds
There were 290 concurrent sessions:
  • Framework: 35
  • Technology Capacity: 25
  • Human Capacity: 54
  • Learning Environment: 169
  • Equity and Accountability: 7
There were also an additional 472 presentations:
  • Corporate CEO Spotlights: 10
  • Research Papers: 58
  • Poster Sessions: 118
  • Global Gallery: 35
  • Student Showcase Sessions: 17
  • PT3 Grantees Gallery: 24
  • K–12 Interactive Videoconferencing Showcase: 18
  • Louisiana Showcase: 8
  • Birds-of-a-Feather Sessions: 34
  • Workshops: 143
  • Forums/Symposia/Seminars: 7
There were 449 exhibitors

#24—NECC 2003

Title: Visions & Reflections
Location: Seattle, Washington
Presented in cooperation with: The Northwest Council for Computer Education (NCCE), with additional regional support from The Learning Space.
Chair: Leslie Conery

The major themes were:
  • Framework
  • Technology Capacity
  • Human Capacity
  • Learning Environment
  • Equity and Accountability
The keynote speakers were:
  • Mae Jemison
  • Alan Kay
  • Don Knezek
  • Janette Racicot
  • Allison Rossett
There were 342 concurrent sessions:
  • Framework: 28
  • Technology Capacity: 24
  • Human Capacity: 54
  • Learning Environment: 214
  • Equity and Accountability: 22
There were also:
  • Corporate CEO Spotlights: 5
  • Research papers: 49
  • Traditional posters: 57
  • Web posters: 61
  • Student Showcases: 21
  • PT3 Grantees Gallery exhibits: 24
  • Global Gallery exhibits: 34
  • Birds-of-a-Feather Sessions: 30
  • Workshops: 181
  • Make & Takes: 16
  • Forums & Symposia: 4
There were 366 exhibitors

#23—NECC 2002

Title: Nexus in Texas
Location: San Antonio, TX
Presented in cooperation with: Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA), Texas Center for Educational Technology (TCET), South Central Regional Technology in Education Consortium (SCRTEC), Texas Education Agency (TEA)
Chair: Leslie Conery

The major themes were:
  • Framework
  • Technology Capacity
  • Human Capacity
  • Learning Environment
  • Equity and Accountability
There were 292 concurrent sessions:
  • Framework: 16
  • Technology Capacity: 16
  • Human Capacity: 69
  • Learning Environment: 172
  • Equity and Accountability: 19
There were also:
  • 24 Research papers
  • 25 Web posters
  • 56 Traditional posters
  • 20 Make & Takes
  • 32 Student Showcase sessions
  • 12 Corporate CEO Spotlights
There were 426 exhibitors

#22—NECC 2001

Title: Building on the Future
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Presented in cooperation with: Illinois Computing Educators (ICE) and School of Education and Social Policy, Northwestern University
Chairs: Guy Ballard, Bonnie Thurber

The major themes were:
  • Building a framework
  • Building technology capacity
  • Building human capacity
  • Building a learning environment
  • Building equity and accountability
There were 357 sessions:
  • Building a Framework: 21
  • Building Technology Capacity: 28
  • Building Human Capacity: 93
  • Building a Learning Environment: 205
  • Building Equity and Accountability: 10
There were also:
  • 25 Research papers
  • 57 Web posters
  • 56 Traditional posters
  • 16 Make & Takes
  • 17 Student Showcase sessions
  • 24 Exhibitor sessions
There were 449 exhibitors.

#21—NECC 2000

Title: Connecting at the Crossroads
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Host Institution: Georgia Institute of Technology's Center for Education Integrating Science, Mathematics and Computing (CEISMC)
Chair: Paul Ohme

The major themes were:
  • Beyond the crossroads: where do we go from here?
  • Standards, assessment, and accountability: staying connected
  • Connecting technology to teaching and learning
  • Staying connected with professional development
  • Moving beyond the crossroads: teachers as agents for change
  • Connected communities: schools, businesses, and resources
There were 351 sessions:
  • Spotlight: 21
  • Beyond the crossroads: 38
  • Standards, assessment, and accountability: 13
  • Connecting technology to teaching and learning: 186
  • Staying connected with professional development: 58
  • Moving beyond the crossroads: 12
  • Connected communities: 23
There were also:
  • 6 Research papers
  • 55 Web posters
  • 54 Traditional posters
  • 22 Make & Takes
  • 17 Student Showcase sessions
  • 23 Exhibitor sessions
There were 379 exhibitors.

#20—NECC 1999

Title: Spotlight on the Future
Location: Atlantic City, New Jersey
Host Institution: Atlantic Community College
Chairs: Peter Mora, Arthur Wexler

The major themes were:
  • Curriculum and instructional strategies
  • Using technology to facilitate learning
  • Current and emerging technologies
  • Technology implementation
  • Social and ethical issues
  • Teacher education and training
  • Distance learning and laptops
There were 345 sessions:
  • Spotlight: 31
  • Curriculum and instructional strategies: 146
  • Using technology to facilitate learning: 33
  • Current and emerging technologies: 14
  • Technology implementation: 69
  • Social and ethical issues: 14
  • Teacher education and training: 17
  • Laptops: 7
  • Distance learning: 14
There were also:
  • 12 Research papers
  • 29 Web posters
  • 72 Traditional posters
  • 14 Student Showcase sessions
  • 38 Exhibitor sessions
There were 335 exhibitors.

#19—NECC 1998

Title: Catch the Wave
Location: San Diego, California
Host Institution: California State University - San Marcos
Chair: Peggy Kelly

The major themes were:
  • Networking: within a class, school, across a district, statewide, Internet
  • Using WWW resources in classroom, school: safe access
  • Creating hypermedia Web pages
  • Web servers
  • Converging technologies: WWW, Web TV, cable TV
  • Multimedia: creating CD-ROMs
  • Virtual classrooms, schools, communities, universities
  • Online curriculum, support, training, services
  • Integration of multiple technologies, esp. Internet, across the curriculum
  • Connecting schools, libraries to the WWW
  • Distance education
  • Future looks: transforming, empowering, dealing with rapid change
There were 344 sessions, including:
  • Computer science (10): teaching C++, Java in high school
  • Higher education (8): distance learning
  • Administrative (38): creating, administering networks
  • K-12 (126): specific applications, lessons
  • Teacher training (121): use of Internet, new tools
There were 284 exhibitors.

#18—NECC 1997

Title: Potlatch
Location: Seattle, Washington
Host Institution: Western Washington University
Chair: Tony Jongejan

The major themes were:
  • Networking: within a class, school, across a district, statewide, Internet
  • Using WWW resources in classroom, school: safe access
  • Creating hypermedia Web pages
  • Web servers
  • Converging technologies: WWW, Web TV, cable TV
  • Multimedia: creating CD-ROMs
  • Virtual classrooms, schools, communities, universities
  • Online curriculum, support, training, services
  • Integration of multiple technologies, esp. Internet, across the curriculum
  • Connecting schools, libraries to the WWW
  • Distance education
  • Future looks: transforming, empowering, dealing with rapid change
There were 241 sessions, including:
  • Computer science (5): programming C++, Java, AP exam, cs1-2
  • Higher education (4): distance learning co urses, use of Internet
  • Administrative (12): models for curriculum integration, networking, Internet access
  • K-12 (98): hypermedia, use of Internet, Web pages
  • Teacher training (29): use of WWW in classroom, teacher networks, Web-based courses, new methods for teaching technology to teachers, Web resources
There were 265 exhibitors.

#17—NECC 1996

Title: The Call of the North
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Host Institution: University of Minnesota / St. Cloud State University
Chairs: Connie Fiel, Sheldon Ramnarine

The major themes were:
  • Networking: within a class, school, across a district, statewide, Internet
  • Use of WWW resources in classroom, school: the "information superhighway"
  • CD-ROM technology
  • Multimedia
  • Virtual classrooms, schools, communities, universities
  • Online communities
  • Integration of multiple technologies, esp. Internet, across the curriculum
  • Merge of home, school, community
  • Focus on projects: electronic portfolios
  • Distance education
There were 192 sessions, including:
  • Computer science (11): programming, closed labs, gender issues
  • Higher education (8): distance learning courses, use of Internet
  • Administrative (25): district, state models for curriculum integration, networking
  • K-12 (51): hypermedia, use of Internet
  • Teacher training (26): use of WWW in classroom, new models of inservice, preservice, empowering teachers
There were 263 exhibitors.

#16—NECC 1995

Title: Emerging Technologies / Lifelong Learning
Location: Baltimore, Maryland
Host Institution: Towson State University
Chair: Doris Lidtke

The major themes were:
  • Networking: within a school, across a district, statewide, to the Internet, WWW
  • Classroom demonstrations
  • Focus on projects
  • National models of technology integration, utilization
  • Echoes of computer literacy, LOGO
  • Gender equity in computing
  • CD-ROM technology
There were 224 sessions, including:
  • Computer science (13): programming, closed labs, gender equity, ethics and social impact issues, high school curriculum
  • Higher education (10): distance learning courses, engineering
  • Administrative (25): district, state models for curriculum integration, networking
  • K-12 (64): hypermedia, networks, constructivist learning, specific subjects
  • Teacher training (20): multimedia, use of CD-ROM, teacher education models
There were 172 exhibitors.

#15—NECC 1994

Title: Recreating the Revolution
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Host Institution: Lesley College
Chairs: Jean Moon, John Richards

The major themes were:
  • Restructuring: charter schools, systemic reform
  • Federal role in financing technology, reform efforts
  • Many models and exemplary programs
  • Telecommunications
  • Laptops to kids
  • Internet in the classroom
  • Curriculum integration
  • CAI, LOGO, evolving computer literacy, problem-solving, critical thinking
  • Multimedia/hypermedia
  • Pedagogical issues: learning styles, different paradigms
There were 204 sessions, including:
  • Computer science (15): teaching programming, gender issues, high school curriculum
  • Higher education (6): use of computers in specific courses
  • Administrative (6): district models, school networking
  • K-12 (74): multimedia, instructional software, constructivist models, Internet, distance learning, integration into curriculum
  • Teacher training (23): new teacher inservice models, standards for teacher education
There were 238 exhibitors.

#14—NECC 1993

Title: The Magic of Technology
Location: Orlando, Florida
Host Institution: University of Central Florida
Chair: Donna Baumbach

The major themes were:
  • Use of multimedia
  • School restructuring
  • Networked classrooms
  • Emerging: virtual reality, schools linked to the Internet
  • Evaluation of technology use
  • Immersion and integration of technology
  • E-mail in the classroom
  • Teacher networks
  • Exemplary models and practice: courses, classroom use, school district implementation
  • Still LOGO
There were 115 sessions, including:
  • Computer science (4): teaching programming, collaborative learning techniques, high school CS curriculum
  • Higher education (3): using computers in specific courses
  • Administrative (6): district models, school networking
  • K-12 (49): hypermedia, multimedia, instructional software, Internet, distance learning
  • Teacher training (24): multimedia, teacher networks, tools for teachers
There were 205 exhibitors.

#13—NECC 1992

Title: Windows to the World
Location: Dallas, Texas
Host Institution: University of North Texas
Chair: Cathleen Norris

The major themes were:
  • Telecommunications
  • Distance learning
  • Networks: classroom, school, district, state, national
  • Multimedia - hypermedia
  • Role of technology in restructuring schools
  • Model schools projects
  • Curriculum integration models
  • Teacher training models
  • Cognitive issues: learning styles, interactivity
  • Gender equity
  • Using technology with special needs, disabled, at-risk students
  • Videodisk technology
  • Desktop publishing
There were 117 sessions, including:
  • Computer science (10): new curriculum models for high school and two-year colleges, techniques for teaching programming, introducing object-oriented programming
  • Higher education (4): campus networks, new curriculum reports
  • Administrative (8): setting up networks, security from viruses, legal issues
  • K-12 (30): hypermedia, multimedia, distance learning, using technology to teach specific subjects
  • Teacher training (17): multimedia, tools for teachers, strategies for using technology
There were 155 exhibitors.

#12—NECC 1991

Location: Phoenix, Arizona
Host Institution: Arizona State University
Chair: Gary Bitter

The major themes were:
  • Telecommunications: local networks and the Internet
  • Distance education
  • Management of change
  • School restructuring
  • Hypermedia
  • Multimedia: use of videodisk
  • Computer literacy
  • LOGO
  • Equity, gender issues
  • Emerging technology: virtual reality
There were 160 sessions, including:
  • Computer science (2)
  • Higher education (45): using multimedia, campus networks
  • Administrative (3)
  • K-12 (54): hypermedia, multimedia, distance learning
  • Teacher training (18): multimedia, use of videodisk in classroom, autonomy
There were 160 exhibitors.

#11—NECC 1990

Location: Nashville, Tennessee
Host Institution: Clemson University
Chair: John McGregor

The major themes were:
  • Hypermedia
  • Multimedia
  • Electronic networks
  • Ethics and values
  • Equity - gender
  • Project reports
  • A decade assessment: LOGO, computers in education, computer literacy
There were 90 sessions, including:
  • Computer science (8): use of labs, 2 on teaching computer ethics, 1 on gender
  • Higher education (14): specific courses, projects, engineering
  • Administrative (2)
  • K-12 (29): within subjects, across curriculum, HyperCard, model projects
  • Teacher training (3): accreditation, certification
There were 136 exhibitors.

#10—NECC 1989

Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Host Institution: Lesley College
Chairs: Nancy Roberts, Susan Friel

The major themes were:
  • HyperCard
  • Multimedia
  • Ethics in computer courses
  • LOGO
  • Computer literacy
  • Models of school district implementation
  • Curriculum, teacher training, hardware and software purchases
  • Telecommunications
  • Research emphasis
There were 138 sessions, including:
  • Computer science (9): 2 on teaching computer ethics, curriculum issues
  • Higher education (7): specific courses (math, stats, etc.), projects
  • K-12 (37): within subjects, across curriculum, HyperCard, model projects
  • Teacher training (12): providing tools to teachers
There were 154 exhibitors.

#9—NECC 1988

Location: Dallas, Texas
Host Institution: University of North Texas
Chair: James Poirot

The major themes were:
  • National reports: accreditation, teacher certification, curriculum
  • Reform, Power On! (OTA)
  • Hypermedia
  • Software tools: AppleWorks, HyperCard
  • Equity
  • Critical thinking skills
  • Teacher training
  • Telecommunications
  • LogoWriter
  • LOGO
  • Computer literacy
There were 93 sessions, including:
  • Computer science (6): languages, Ada, LOGO, use of labs
  • Higher education (13): specific courses, projects
  • Administrative (2): district planning, implementation
  • K-12 (28): within subjects, across curriculum, LOGO
  • Teacher training (10)
There were 143 exhibitors.

#8—NECC 1987

Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Host Institution: Temple University
Chair: Frank Friedman

The major themes were:
  • Research, models on effective uses of computers in education
  • Curriculum integration models
  • Telecommunications
  • Software evaluation
  • Teacher certification
  • LOGO
  • Computer literacy
  • Equity
There were 96 sessions, including:
  • Computer science (7): difficulties with teaching programming, empirical studies
  • Higher education (10): specific courses, projects
  • Administrative (3)
  • K-12 (32): within subjects, across curriculum, word processing, LOGO, special needs children
  • Teacher training (6): models for effective teacher training
There were 96 exhibitors.

#7—NECC 1986

Location: San Diego, California
Host Institution: University of San Diego
Chair: Susan Zgliczynski

The major themes were:
  • Computers and ... integrate into, across!
  • Computer literacy
  • Use of videodisk technology
  • Public domain educational software (FREDWRITER)
  • Databases
  • Critical thinking
  • Teacher training
  • Equity: gender, socioeconomic, handicapped
  • Emerging technologies: networking
There were 104 sessions, including:
  • Computer science (10): accreditation, AP exam, languages (Pascal, Modula-2, Ada, C)
  • Higher education (8): computer as tool (word processing, stat packages, simulations, word processing in writing)
  • Administrative (7): managing, maintaining computer resources, planning
  • K-12 (21): LOGO, special needs children, within subjects, across curriculum
  • Teacher training (5)
There were 84 exhibitors.

1985

There was no separate NECC in 1985; we joined forces with WCCE that year. WCCE/85 Norfolk, Virginia Chair: Gerald Engel

The major themes were:
  • An international perspective
  • Across the curriculum
  • CAI specific to each discipline
  • Pedagogical issues
  • LOGO
  • Teacher training
  • Social impact and ethics
  • Looking to the future
There were 113 sessions.

#6—NECC 1984

Location: Dayton, Ohio
Host Institution: University of Dayton
Chair: Lawrence Jehn

The major themes were:
  • Evaluation of impact of computers
  • Software evaluation
  • Integration across the curriculum
  • Social impact issues: equity, gender issues
  • Use of CAI, LOGO
  • Emerging technologies: videodisc in classroom, networks, e-mail
There were 83 sessions, including:
  • Computer science (8): accreditation, languages (Ada)
  • Higher education (17): computers in specific disciplines
  • Administrative (4): district networking, school networking
  • K-12 (13): LOGO, CAI, BASIC, reading, simulations, games
  • Teacher training (7)
There were 78 exhibitors.

#5—NECC 1983

Location: Baltimore, Maryland
Host Institution: Towson State University
Chair: Doris Lidtke

The major themes were:
  • The year of LOGO!
  • Integration of tools across the curriculum: word processing, databases, spreadsheets
  • Teaching programming: the spaghetti code controversy
  • Teacher training: computer literacy, the CBAM model
There were 52 sessions, including:
  • Computer science (9): new curricula, accreditation, role of languages (Ada)
  • Higher education (12): computer as tool (word processing, stat packages, simulations)
  • Administrative (4): computer networks, purchases
  • K-12 (9): LOGO, CAI, BASIC, reading, simulations, games
  • Teacher training (4)
There were 64 exhibitors

#4—NECC 1982

Location: Kansas City, Missouri
Host Institution: University of Missouri-Columbia
Chair: Michael Staman

The major themes were:
  • Teacher training and computer literacy for teachers
  • Computer-based learning
  • LOGO
  • CAI authoring environments
  • CAI projects in all disciplines: sessions for all of the disciplines (math, sciences, language, engineering, education, liberal arts requirement, social sciences)
There were 46 sessions, including:
  • Computer science (7): programming tutorials (Ada, structured programming)
  • Higher education (23): computer as a tool (word processing, stat packages, simulations), administration of university computing resources
  • K-12 (5): use of LOGO, CAI, BASIC, reading, simulations, games
  • Teacher training (7): computer literacy, district models
New for 1982: 51 exhibitors shared their hardware and software innovations with NECC attendees

#3—NECC 1981

Location: Denton, Texas
Host Institution: North Texas State University
Chair: Jim Poirot

The major themes were:
  • Integration of computer literacy into curriculum
  • Reasoning with the computer
  • Software evaluation protocols for educational software
  • Emerging research on effectiveness of computers in education
There were 40 sessions, including:
  • Computer science (5): programming issues, paradigms, Pascal, Ada
  • Higher education (16): use of computers to teach mathematics, education, business, humanities, health, social sciences
  • Administrative (5): scheduling, academic planning, financial planning
  • K-12 (4): simulations, LOGO, BASIC programming, CAI, problem-solving

#2—NECC 1980

Location: Norfolk, Virginia
Host Institution: Christopher Newport College
Chair: Gerald Engel

The major themes were:
  • A year of important new paradigms
  • New NCTM standards for mathematics
  • ACM Elementary and Secondary Schools Subcommittee (David Moursund)
  • Open University (Frank Lovis)
  • Scarsdale Project K-12 (Robert Taylor)
  • Use of computer labs (Alfred Bork, Robert Tinker)
  • Beginning of LOGO in elementary schools (Dan Watt)
  • Computer literacy defined—Robert Taylor, Beverly Hunter, Dave Moursund
  • Hardware issue: how to choose a microcomputer for educational use (Commodore PETs, Apple, TRS-80)
There were 32 sessions, including:
  • Computer science (4): restructuring core courses, teaching Pascal
  • Higher education (7): using computers in mathematics, education, social sciences
  • K-12 (5): simulations, games, CAI, early LOGO experiments, testing
  • Teacher training (2): inservice

#1—NECC 1979

Location: Iowa City, Iowa
Host Institution: University of Iowa
Chair: Ted Sjoerdsma

Roots of NECC—1969 CCUC (Conference on Computers in Undergraduate Curricula)

The major themes were:
  • A hardware debate: micros vs. minicomputers
  • Development of educational software: CAI, CMI, simulations for subject specific uses (math, science, social sciences, health, engineering)
  • Defining teacher competencies for preservice, inservice training
There were 32 sessions, including:
  • Computer science (4): labs, programming languages
  • Post-K-12 (11)
  • K-12 sessions (2): interest just beginning to emerge in this area