The Iowa Technology Education Connection (ITEC) will hold its annual meeting on Oct. 11-13 in Coralville at the Marriott Hotel & Conference Center. The keynote speaker for Monday, Oct. 12 will be Daniel Pink, author and former political speech writer. Tuesday's keynote speaker will be David Warlick, technology integration specialist and educational visionary.

This year's conference marks the 40th anniversary of administrators, teachers, technology directors, teacher librarians, teacher educators, policy makers, industry reps and students from across Iowa meeting to discuss the role of technology as it pertains to student learning. Dozens of sessions will be held to help school personnel build networks and learning to address 21st Century skills students need to compete globally. This is a main component of the Iowa Core Curriculum and its mission to ensure that all Iowa students have access to a challenging and meaningful curriculum that prepares them for success in postsecondary education and the emerging global economy.

Keynote Daniel Pink is the author of a trio of provocative, bestselling books on the changing world of work. A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future charts the rise of right-brain thinking in modern economies and describes the six abilities individuals and organizations must master in an outsourced, automated age. A Whole New Mind is a long-running New York Times and BusinessWeek bestseller that has been translated into 19 languages. It is also the basis of a public television special, "Daniel Pink: Living on the Right Side of the Brain," that premieres nationwide in the spring of 2009.

Dan's latest work is The Adventures of Johnny Bunko: The Last Career Guide You’ll Ever Need, the first American business book in the Japanese comic format known as manga. (In 2007, he won a Japan Society Media Fellowship that took him to Tokyo to study the manga industry.) Illustrated by award-winning artist Rob Ten Pas, The Adventures of Johnny Bunko was one of the bestselling graphic novels of 2008 and the only graphic novel ever to become a BusinessWeek bestseller. The book is now being translated into 14 languages. His first book, Free Agent Nation: The Future of Working for Yourself, was a Washington Post bestseller that Publishers Weekly says “has become a cornerstone of employee-management relations.”

Dan's articles on business and technology appear in many publications, including the New York Times, Harvard Business Review, Fast Company, and Wired, where he is a contributing editor. He has provided analysis of business trends on CNN, CNBC, ABC, NPR, and other networks in the U.S. and abroad. He also lectures to corporations, associations, and universities around the world on economic transformation and the new workplace.

A free agent himself, Dan held his last real job in the White House, where he served from 1995 to 1997 as chief speechwriter to Vice President Al Gore. He also worked as an aide to U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich and in other positions in politics and government.?He received a BA, with honors, from Northwestern University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and a JD from Yale Law School. To his lasting joy, he has never practiced law.

For more information, go to the ITEC Web site.