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99 - Heading for a Low-Tech Vacation for 9 Days!

First, a personal note! My wife and I are heading for a deeply low-tech one week vacation in Barbados. No laptop, no telephone and no television. So, TechLearn Trends will be quiet for about 9 days. Email will be responded to when we return. Thanks for your patience.

1. Vice President Gore's Summit Highlights Lifelong Learning and Learning Technology: I had the privilege of participating in Vice President Gore's Summit on 21st Century Skills for 21st Century Jobs. This was an exciting event, bringing together 300 leaders from the worlds of training, labor unions, management, government and higher education. There were a series of dialogues about what was needed to take the country (and the world) into the 21st Century of Learning. The Vice President announced a series of new programs and efforts to coordinate learning technology usage in the Federal Government and to advocate for lifelong learning programs.

In a future edition of TRENDS we will post a complete set of findings from the Summit. Thanks to the 110 readers that responded to our request for input and ideas for the Summit dialogues.

2. Kevin Kelly of Wired to Address Business Issues at On-Line Learning Event: We are proud to announce that Kevin Kelly, the Executive Editor of Wired Magazine will Keynote the Busine$$ of On-Line Learning Conference on March 3 and 4th in Seattle, WA. Kelly is the author of the best selling New Rules for the New Economy : 10 Radical Strategies for a Connected World. Kelly will address the key issues of pricing, profitability and formats in the on-line learning industry. There are 110 spaces available for this high end conference. Details at

3. Learning Quotation: A 7 Year Old: Today's quote comes from Barb Royal from Norwest Financial in Iowa:

"Learning something new is the bestest thing in the world."

Andrew Harper, age 7 - in A Year of Living Consciously by Gay Hendricks

4. Universal Design: I heard a new term at the Summit yesterday: Universal Design. The term applies to approaches that allow content to be created in a format friendly to users with learning needs. By designing content in a universal and open format, technology can apply image magnification, sound translation and other learning assistance.

See you all after our vacation...

Upcoming MASIE Center Events: (Details at )
* Skills for On-Line Trainers (Washington, DC - January 25 and 26)
* The Road to On-Line Learning LAB and Seminar - (Miami, FL - Feb. 8 and 9)
* Busine$$ of On-Line Learning Conference - (Seattle, WA - March 3 and 4)
* TechLearn '99 - (Orlando, FL - Oct. 31 to Nov. 3)

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