chairs panel at White House conference
State University, Sacramento communications professor Barbara O'Connor
will chair one of two sessions this week at a White House conference
on technological literacy.
The Jan. 24 conference will feature leaders in business, education
and public policy, including Shelley Hymes, director of the White
House Office of the 21st Century Workforce and Bruce P. Mehlman,
assistant secretary of the Department of Commerce's Office of Technology
O'Connor's session will be on strategies for achieving "21st
century literacy" - broad-based skills in information and communication
O'Connor recently led efforts to develop a framework for testing
technological literacy on behalf of Educational Testing Service,
which has developed widely used tests such as the SAT and the Graduate
Record Examinations. The eventual test will be much like current
international tests used to compare students in math and science
competency. ETS hopes to begin administering the tests in 2004.
O'Connor can be reached at (916) 278-6415 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional media assistance is available by contacting CSUS public
affairs at (916) 278-6156. More information about the conference
is at www.ictliteracy.info.