P.O. BOX 2120



February 2, 2007



Division Superintendents



Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.

Superintendent of Public Instruction



Virginia Department of Education and Virginia Tech to host Innovate 2007


The Virginia Department of Educations Office of Educational Technology and Virginia Techs Institute for Connecting Science Research to the Classroom will host Innovate 2007 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center on May 8 from 9 a.m. 5 p.m. The event is Virginias first exposition devoted to new and emerging technologies for education and is modeled after the nationally acclaimed WIRED NextFest.


The anticipated audience for Innovate 2007 will include educational leaders, educators at all levels, policymakers, community members, and anyone else who shares an interest in the future of schools.

Major sponsors of this event include Cisco Systems, Dell, and the Virginia Society for Technology in Education (VSTE). Invited exhibitors will display both cutting-edge products available today and innovations currently being developed in university and corporate research laboratories. Scheduled exhibitors include VaporStream, an innovative security software that automatically deletes messages after they have been read, leaving no trace that the message ever existed; WalkIn Comix, a physically immersive reading environment being developed by Fuji Xerox Palo Alto Laboratory; and VirtuSphere, an award-winning virtual environment that immerses students in a 360-degree globe. Other exhibitors include Microsoft Research, Celestron, Vantage Learning, identiMetrics, AnthroTronix, and many others. The event will also provide an opportunity to see the latest technologies from founding sponsors Cisco Systems and Dell.


All presentations and exhibits focus on the five major components of Virginias long-range technology plan: technology integration, professional development, connectivity, educational applications, and accountability. This is a unique opportunity for all educators to try out cutting-edge technology that could be commonplace within the next few years.


The Greater Richmond Convention Center is located at 403 North Third Street. Tickets purchased prior to May 4 are $25. They may also be purchased at the door on May 8 for $30. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the Innovate 2007 website: For additional information, contact Cheri Kelleher, educational technology application specialist, Office of Educational Technology at 804-786-9008 or e-mail