June 24, 2009 | Education
Verizon Foundation will be Participating in this Year's National Educational Computing Conference (NECC)
The Verizon Foundation will be participating in this year's National Educational Computing Conference (NECC) next week in Washington DC. This yearly convention is where educators and industry reps come together and share information on how technology is making its way into the classroom. The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) has hosted this conference each of the last 30 years and last year's was attended by over 17,500 people. This year's NECC will feature over 500 exhibits and over 1,200 booths, one of the major exhibitors will be Verizon, showcasing its continued commitment to education as well as its free educational offering - VerizonThinkfinity.org.
One of the headlining events of this conference will be Verizon's CEO Spotlight Session on June 30th. The audience will be entertained by Verizon Thinkfinity.org Champion, and actor, Eric Close, as well as blind adventurer Erik Weihenmayer. Close and Weihenmayer will show teachers how applying the principles of a mountaineer's rope team in the classroom will help them to unlock the hidden spirit of adventure and exploration in students. Close and Weihenmayer will take teachers on a journey that shows dedication, passion, courage, and teamwork.
The Verizon Foundation will have an exhibit showcasing the various tools available for free on Thinkfinity.org. The Natural Museum of American History and National Geographic Xpeditions tools are two of the many that will be highlighted. Hands on demonstrations will allow teachers to learn how these sites can add insightful, fun, and educational elements to their classroom.
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