Technology guru Nicholas Negroponte and filmmaker Dewitt Jones will deliver keynote presentations at the International Society for Technology in Education's (ISTE) 2006 National Educational Computing Conference (NECC) in San Diego in July.
A pioneer of the digital age, Negroponte chairs MIT's Media Lab and its One Laptop Per Child initiative (OLPC, http://laptop.media.mit.edu/). Also known as the $100 laptop project, OLPC aims to revolutionize education by putting a compact, durable, no-frills but Internet-ready computer into the hands of millions of children worldwide. A prototype of this computer debuted last fall at a United Nations conference in Tunis. Negroponte is also a founder of "Wired" magazine and the author of the best-selling book, "Being Digital," which has been translated into more than 40 languages. His keynote address is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 6.
Dewitt Jones is a top professional photographer and film director. He spent 20 years with National Geographic, photographing stories all over the world. As a motion picture director, two of his films were nominated for Academy Awards. Jones has published nine books, including "California!" and "John Muir's High Sierra." His keynote address, "Celebrating What's Right with the World," will be held at 11:45 a.m. on Wednesday, July 5.
Source: ISTE, 800/280-6218 or http://www.iste.org/.