SOURCE: LearningTimes, LLC

July 21, 2005 04:45 ET

11 - 17 Year Old "Power Users" Are Shaping Our World - Today

Kids, Researchers, and Industry Leaders to Participate in Unique Online Symposium

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- July 21, 2005 -- Power Users of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) are youth who have had intensive, ongoing experiences with technology, usually beginning early in life -- resulting in a level of comfort that allows them to bypass many traditional learning systems. Teams of these outstanding young "Power Users" from Latin America, Australia, Europe, Africa, the USA, China and the Philippines will demonstrate their 21st Century digital communications skills for leaders from the industry, education, and research communities during the first Power Users of ICT Online Symposium held "live" over the Internet August 8-10, 2005.

Live Online Speakers Include:

   Kathy Bushkin, COO, United Nations Foundation
   Patrick R. Gaston, President of the Verizon Foundation
   Don Knezek, CEO of ISTE
   Sugata Mitra, Senior Vice-President for R&D at NIIT in rural India
   David Saedi, CEO of Certiport
   Megan Stewart, Director Global Education, Macromedia
Plus an International Economic Development Panel and a Business Roundtable, featuring representatives from Macromedia Worldwide Education; Worldwide Education, PTC; Atomic Learning; Microsoft, Costa Rica; ADOBE Systems, Inc.; SEER Education Corporation; Intel; and moderated by the FedEx Technology Institute

Live Online Activities Include:

--  Interviews with international experts
--  Live events with Power User Learning Challenge Teams
--  Blogs and podcasts providing updates from the field
--  Access to conference materials and research papers
--  Interaction via text- and voice-based discussion areas
--  Online "Happy Hour" in the virtual Conference Lounge
--  Images galleries of Power Users activities
    
In addition to LearningTimes, Kempster Group, EDC and the United Nations Fund for International Partners, sponsors include Verizon Foundation, Microsoft, Adobe Systems, Inc., Intel, Macromedia, Certiport, the Universidad Nacional (UNA) in Costa Rica, University for Peace, SEER Education Corporation, Atomic Learning, and others.

Registration is only $125 and includes access to the online community, session recordings, materials and discussions for 1-year.

For more information and to sign-up visit http://www.ictliteracy. info/summitonline.htm

About LearningTimes

LearningTimes, LLC, designs and produces online learning conferences, communities and events, and provides the platforms, applications and promotional expertise that make them successful. The LearningTimes Network of 70 online communities, and 130,000 members connects each member institution with other learning-oriented groups and provides unique opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration. For more information, contact John Walber at 215-884-7321 or info@learningtimes.net. Visit LearningTimes on the Web at http://www.learningtimes.net.

About KEMPSTER GROUP

KEMPSTER GROUP is a consulting firm specializing in building strategic alliances for national and international clients focused on information and communication technologies (ICT). KEMPSTER GROUP produces the ICT Portal www.ictliteracy.info, which hosts the largest online community of ICT literacy professionals in the world.

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