Being Fluent with Information Technology (1999)

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Suggested Citation: "C Individuals Who Briefed the Committee." National Research Council. Being Fluent with Information Technology. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 1999.

Appendix C—
Individuals Who Briefed the Committee

August 19–20, 1997

John C. Cherniavsky, Office of Cross-Disciplinary Activities, CISE Directorate, National Science Foundation

Peter J. Denning, Computer Science Department, George Mason University

Nancy Devino, Committee on Undergraduate Science Education, National Research Council

Barry W. Johnson, Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Virginia

Pam B. Newberry, Technology for All Americans Project

Greg Pearson, National Academy of Engineering

Harold Pratt, Division on K-12 Policy and Practice, National Research Council

William A. Wulf, National Academy of Engineering

April 3–4, 1998

Andrea diSessa, Graduate School of Education, University of California, Berkeley

Mark Guzdial, Graphics Visualization and Usability Center, College of Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology

Yasmin Kafai, Psychological Studies in Education, University of California, Los Angeles

Nancy Butler Songer, University of Michigan

Suggested Citation: "C Individuals Who Briefed the Committee." National Research Council. Being Fluent with Information Technology. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 1999.
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