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Hundreds of public education, higher education and state agency employees will spend July 30-Aug. 1 at Waterfront Place Hotel in Morgantown for the annual West Virginia Statewide Technology Conference.

Former Gov. Bob Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education, is scheduled to provide the event's keynote address at 1 p.m. July 30. The Washington, D.C.-based alliance promotes digital learning and supports effective high school reform to increase student achievement.

The West Virginia Department of Education and West Virginia Network coordinate the event, which will host representatives from throughout the state to share their expertise in using technology to personalize learning.

"Technology holds the potential to transform the way teaching and learning occur in our state," Superintendent Jim Phares said in a news release. "Technology has changed the way we do everything, from shopping to reading books.

"It's time to take action to leverage this potential with more innovative uses of technology in our schools."

West Virginia is the first state to sign up to participate in Project 24 as a statewide education effort. Project 24 is an effort to help school districts plan for and effectively use technology and digital learning to personalize learning and to ensure students graduate ready for college and a career. The program will be the topic of a panel discussion moderated by West Virginia Board of Education member Lloyd Jackson, and the panel will include Wise, Phares and state board members Michael Green and Wade Linger.

Retired Cabell County Judge Dan O'Hanlon, vice chancellor for technology for the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission and director of the West Virginia Network, also is scheduled to speak during the conference. A session on student achievement is on tap as well as sessions about Microsoft's innovative educator program and using gaming principals to personalize learning.