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97 - Special Report from Boston, MA

1. Vice President Gore's Summit on 21st Century Skills Next Week: There will be an important summit in Washington, D.C. next week on January 12th. Vice President Gore's Summit on 21st Century Skills for 21st Century Jobs will gather 300 leaders in government, education and business to explore the future of learning and employment. I am honored to be one of the attendees, along with our colleagues from the ADL project at the Department of Defense. You can take part in this event in your community at one of over 300 download sites or view it on your computer via the internet. Complete information can be found at If you have any ideas that you would like to pass along to me on the subject of how technology might impact the delivery of 21st Century Skills, I would be most appreciative. We will be participating in a range of working groups at the Summit. Send them to

2. Satellite TV, Internet and Video Servers - New Gadgets Can Boost Learning Options: There will be an exciting announcement at the Consumer Electronics Show. EchoStar and WebTV combine to build a convergence device that could be leveraged for complex at home or at work learning. Check it out at:,4586,2183160,00.html

3. Learning Quotation - Mark Twain: Here is our latest learning quotation, submitted by Trends Reader Jim Ward from Bath Iron Works Corporation:

"Always do right. This will gratify some people, and astonish the rest."
- Mark Twain

4. Loretta LaRoche to Keynote and Present at TechLearn '99: I am heading to Plymouth, MA today to meet with one of my favorite presenters in the world, Loretta LaRoche. Loretta is the host of the PBS Show, "The Joy of Stress" and was a smash at last year's TechLearn Conference. We are pleased to announce that Loretta will be presenting both a pre-conference workshop on "Creating Balance!" and one of the keynote speeches. We are also amazed that over 300 more people registered for TechLearn '99 (October 31 to November 3rd in Orlando) this week when we announced that Dr. Bill Cosby will be presenting the Keynote Address. More announcements in the week to come. Registrations and information available at

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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