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Technology conference set Friday, Saturday at Southwest High School

January 11, 2001

The BorderLink and Desert Without Borders Projects at the Imperial County Office of Education will host the Imperial Valley Educational Technology Conference on Friday and Saturday at Southwest High School in El Centro.

The community is invited, at no charge, to attend the keynote address by John Kuglin, director of educational outreach, University of Montana, from 6-8 p.m. Friday in the Southwest Performing Arts Theatre.

The keynote, titled "The Technology Puzzle: Understanding and Connecting the Pieces," will address the applications of cutting-edge technology as schools and students transition into the new millennium. The presentation will highlight emerging Internet, video, computer and satellite technologies with suggestions for implementing these tools in a cohesive manner.

The conference will continue from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Conference participants will have 50 technology presentations, hands-on workshops and commercial sessions offered. An exhibit hall with more than 25 local and national vendors will feature current hardware, software and other materials related to educational and business technology.

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"New technologies such as computers, the Internet and wireless communications are regarded by many to be the means by which education will be restructured, by which students will be educated in the future and the information age will be fully integrated into society," said Michael Castillo, coordinator of the Desert Without Borders Project.

"We know that technology has the capacity to encourage, educate and transform students and the educational learning environments of schools," Castillo said.

The conference will include a special business series with an emphasis on business technology, services and applications co-sponsored by the El Centro Chamber of Commerce.

Registration for Saturday is $25 per person. For additional information call 312-6403.

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