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This year's event marks the twenty-first annual North Carolina Educational Technology Conference. This conference is known by many as the premier technology event for the state of North Carolina and neighboring states. The new millennium will present greater challenges than we have ever known before as we strive to keep up with the rapid changes in technology and at the same time integrate meaningful technology experiences into every area of the curriculum.

The technology-rich classrooms will be those where students from around the world share information and collaborate on exciting interactive projects that enhance their learning experience. Expanding our vision and our technological skills is essential to effective, innovative teaching. As dedicated professionals, we are diligent in our efforts to provide learning environments that meet the needs of all students. That's why as many as 2000 educators return to our conference each year.

We invite you to participate this year, searching for integration inspiration in this ever-changing world of instructional technology. Leave NCETC 2008 with exciting ideas and a shared vision of how technology-rich instructional environments can better meet the needs of your students! Come share with us your expertise and experiences in educational technology. We are seeking and selecting proposals that will help the novice technology user as well as proposals that will expand the vision of even the most experienced technologist, giving every participant something of value to take back to their school districts.

With more than 200 concurrent sessions, NCETC 2008 will feature technology that is available today as well as expose you to the emerging technologies for classrooms of tomorrow. The conference program and exhibits will showcase the best practices and products, the brightest ideas and the most innovative teaching tips and techniques in educational technology for every level and for all areas of learning.

Join us as you conquer cyberspace, navigate the exhibit hall, renew old friendships and strike up new ones, plan for future classes, plan for ongoing professional development, and establish partnerships for classroom projects. Discover new and improved ideas and srategies for iTechnologies, eTraining, Testing, Communication and Global Collaboration. We hope that you will leave NCETC 2008 with many new ideas for Unlocking the Power of Technology in your 21st Century School.