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NEWS RELEASE

For Release: August 25, 1998

For more information contact:
William Gattis (ICTE / USA), Tel. + 1-817-534-1220, e-mail icte@icte.org, http://www.icte.org
David Walker (ICTE / Europe), Tel. +44-1592-593307, e-mail d.walker@cableinet.co.uk

 

David Walker Joins Board of Directors of the
International Conferences on Technology and Education

Fort Worth, Texas -- The International Conferences on Technology and Education Inc. (ICTE) today announced that David Walker, of Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland, is joining the Board of Directors of the International Conferences on Technology and Education.

William Gattis, Chairman of ICTE, said "We welcome David Walker to the ICTE Board of Directors. David’s extensive background in education technology, and his extensive experience in working with countries in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa in these areas will be of great benefit to ICTE."

Now in its sixteenth year, ICTE is the longest-running international Conference of its kind, convening annual Conferences on education and technology in North America and in Europe. Attended by delegates from over fifty nations, ICTE each year provides an international forum for educators to investigate processes, procedures, techniques, and tools for creating learning environments appropriate for the twenty-first century. The Conference is attended by participants from the worldwide education community, including teachers, education researchers, school administrators, educational publishers and curriculum developers, and education-related technology companies.

David Walker has operated an independent education consultancy based in Scotland since 1993. Prior to that, Walker held various key management positions for Apple Computer Inc. including European Education Manager. He was responsible for elementary, secondary, and higher education initiatives with territorial responsibilities that included Europe, Scandinavia, the former USSR countries, the Middle East, and Africa. Walker is well known in education technology circles for his tenure as Depute Director of the Scottish Council for Educational Technology, where he represented Scottish interests within the United Kingdom, and across Europe through participation in various European Commission working groups and initiatives.

Walker has an extensive background in technology. A qualified electronics and mechanical engineer, Walker also completed Masters Studies in Economics before beginning his professional career with the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority. He also taught, and served as a College Department Head of Mathematics and Computing. While teaching, Walker was elected to the Scottish Computer Education Group, a government supported task force reviewing new technologies in education, and subsequently Walker carried out the first formal study on the extent of the use of new technologies in Scottish education for the Scottish Education Department. Following the study in 1978, he was appointed Director of the Scottish Microcomputer Development Programme, the principal government programme in Scotland to introduce computing into Scottish schools and colleges.

Walker was responsible for developing the National Plan or Microelectronics in Scottish Schools, and was also responsible for setting up Centres of Excellence programmes in Scotland, to provide new technology for disadvantaged learners -- later called the Concerned Technology programme.

Walker stated, "I am very pleased to serve on the ICTE Board of Directors, and to help advance the Conference in its role in bringing technology-using educators together to explore new ways to use technology to improve education." He added, " Technology is advancing with breathtaking speed. In Europe as in North America, innovations in applications of technology to learning are being developed at an accelerating pace. New and exciting insights into successfully applying the new technology in the classroom are resulting from this wide range of innovative projects. The annual ICTE Conference focuses strongly on these latest developments, and related applications of technology to teaching and learning -- and serves a valuable function in fostering the exchange of ideas and successful experiences among participants."

The 1999 Sixteenth International Conference on Technology and Education -- ICTE Edinburgh 1999 -- will be held in Edinburgh, Scotland at the University of Edinburgh from March 29-31, 1999. The 1998 ICTE Conference was in Santa Fe, New Mexico in March 1998, and hosted by the Los Alamos National Laboratory, the University of New Mexico, the Santa Fe Institute, the Sandia National Laboratory, and the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology. The 1997 ICTE Conference was held in August in Oslo, Norway, at the University of Oslo, and hosted by the University of Oslo and the Norwegian Royal Ministry of Education and Research.

Continuing ICTE academic sponsors include: the University of Texas at Arlington; the Ibero-American Science and Engineering Consortium; Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Technologia (CONACYT), Mexico; the University of Oslo, Norway; the University of London, Institute of Education; the University of Pennsylvania, College of Engineering and Applied Science; and SchoolNet of Canada (an initiative of Industry Canada, a department of the Canadian Federal government).

In addition to these academic institutions, NationsBank, of Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Apple Computer Inc.; Sun Microsystems Inc.; and Technological Horizons in Education Journal are co-sponsors of ICTE.

A number of cooperating organizations from various nations participate in and assist with the ICTE Conference each year. These currently include: the American Association of School Administrators, Washington, D.C.; the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium; UNESCO, Paris, France; ULTRALAB APU, East Anglia, UK; Scottish Council for Educational Technology, Glasgow, Scotland; Department of Defense Dependent Schools, Washington, D.C.; Ibero-American Network for Informatics and Education, Santiago, Chile; International Society for Technology in Education, Eugene, Oregon; Scottish Interactive Technology Centre, Edinburgh, Scotland; National School Boards Association, Boston, Massachusetts; New England School Development Council, Marlborough, Massachusetts; Technology Education Research Centers, Cambridge, Massachusetts; the Center for Educational Technology, Ramat-Aviv, Israel; the University of Athens, Greece; and Technology Education Research Center, USA.

Current information as well as frequent updates on ICTE Edinburgh 1999 are maintained at the ICTE Web site at http://www.icte.org.

Other recent ICTE Conferences have been held in New Orleans, Louisiana (1996); Orlando, Florida (1995); London, England at the University of London (1994); Cambridge, Massachusetts at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1993); Paris, France (1992); Toronto, Canada (1991); Brussels, Belgium (1990); Orlando, Florida (1989); and Edinburgh, Scotland at the University of Edinburgh (1988).

The International Conferences on Technology and Education Inc. (ICTE) is a Texas-based non-profit corporation. ICTE is a tax-exempt organization under Section 501 (c) (3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code.

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For more information about ICTE Oslo 1997, or the 1998 Santa Fe Conference, contact:

International Conferences on Technology and Education Inc.
    Tel. (817) 534-1220
    FAX (817) 534-0096
    E-Mail icte@icte.org
    Internet: http://www.icte.org

Mailing Address:
    International Conferences on Technology and Education
    Post Office Box 195349
    UTA Station
    Arlington, Texas 76019-0001 USA

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International Conference on Technology and Education and ICTE are registered service marks of International Conferences on Technology and Education Inc.

Apple is a registered trademark of Apple Computer, Inc.

The Los Alamos National Laboratory is operated for the US Department of Energy by the University of California.

Sandia National Laboratory is operated for the US Department of Energy by Lockheed Martin Corporation.

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