Press contact: Jennifer Gavin, (202) 707-1940
Public contact: Elizabeth Ridgway, (202) 707-8735

June 24, 2009

Library of Congress, International Society for Technology in Education to Host “Learning with Technology” Event

The Library of Congress and the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) will host a 21st-Century Learning with Technology reception on Tuesday, June 30th, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress, 10 First St., S.E., Washington, D.C. A ticketed open house for attendees of the National Educational Computing Conference will follow, from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

More than 800 K-12 education technology leaders from across the nation who are participating in ISTE’s National Educational Computing Conference (NECC) at the Washington, D.C. Convention Center are expected to attend the Library of Congress event. This reception provides a unique educational opportunity for attendees, as it will feature 14 education-technology demonstrations from ISTE member and affiliate school leaders around the country that will demonstrate how classroom technology is improving K-12 teaching and learning. Additionally, attendees will be able to tour the Library's Main Reading Room and the interactive exhibits that comprise the Library of Congress Experience.

The Library of Congress will highlight its national program of educational outreach, Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS), through the launch of a new free, online professional development database, TPS Direct. Through the TPS program, established by Congress in 2005, teachers learn how to effectively build students’ critical-thinking skills by embedding primary sources in high-quality, inquiry-based instruction. TPS Direct will offer any educator, at any time, the ability to customize professional development activities for use at the school, district or state level for delivery in a face-to-face, online or blended format.

Members of the media interested in attending the event are asked to contact Elizabeth Ridgway at (202) 707-8735 or elri@loc.gov.

The International Society for Technology in Education is the trusted source for professional development, knowledge generation, advocacy, and leadership for innovation. A nonprofit membership association, ISTE provides leadership and service to improve teaching, learning, and school leadership by advancing the effective use of technology in PK–12 and teacher education. Home of the National Educational Technology Standards (NETS), and the National Educational Computing Conference (NECC), ISTE represents more than 100,000 professionals worldwide.

The Library of Congress, the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution, is the world’s preeminent reservoir of knowledge, providing unparalleled collections and integrated resources to Congress and the American people. Many of the Library’s rich resources and treasures developed specifically for educators may be accessed through the Library’s website, at www.loc.gov/teachers/ .

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PR 09-129
06/24/09
ISSN 0731-3527

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