The 9th IFIP World Conference on Computers in Education (WCCE 2009) is an IFIP event hosted by the Brazilian Computer Society - SBC (Sociedade Brasileira de Computação), and organised by UFRGS (Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul), UFSC (Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina), IDESTI (Instituto de Capacitação, Pesquisa e Desenvolvimento Institucional em Gestão Social de Tecnologia de Informação). This is the first WCCE to be held in South America ever.
Education and technology for a better world is the main theme for WCCE 2009. The conference will enlighten and explore different perspectives of this theme, covering all levels of formal education as well as informal learning arenas, societal aspects and challenges that are faced by developing countries.
The first World Conference on Computers in Education organized under the auspices of the International Federation for Information Processing - IFIP, was held in Amsterdam, in 1970. Since then, it was organized each four to six years in a different country.
This is a conference with strong international participation and brings together professionals from all continents working in the field of Education and Information and Communication Technologies (ICT).
WCCE 2005 was held in Cape Town, South Africa.
IFIP, the main sponsor of WCCE 2009, have a long tradition in the field of technology through its worldwide network of members, constituted by more than 60 scientific societies.
IFIP is a non-governmental and non-profit organization that works as a federation for national societies involved with information technology. IFIP was created in 1960 under the auspices of UNESCO, as a consequence of the First World Computer Congress (Paris, 1959). IFIP maintains close association with many agencies of the UN system and other non-governmental organizations.
The IFIP member in Brazil is the Brazilian Computer Society (SBC), with more than 4.000 associates. WCCE is being organized in cooperation with SBC. In the United States ACM and IEEE are IFIP members.
- WG 3.1 - Informatics and ICT in Secondary Education
- WG 3.2 - Informatics and ICT in Higher Education
- WG 3.3 - Research on Education Applications of Information Technologies
- WG 3.4 - IT-Professional and Vocational Education in Information Technology
- WG 3.5 - Informatics in Elementary Education
- WG 3.6 - Distance Learning
- WG 3.7 - Information Technology in Educational Management
Each working group organizes its own conferences, but in 2009 they will be all together in Bento Gonçalves,RS for WCCE 2009.
IFIP’s mission is to be the leading, truly international, apolitical organization that encourages and assists in the development, exploitation and application of Information Technology for the benefit of all people.
IFIP’s main elements are:
- To stimulate, encourage and participate in research, development and application of Information Technology (IT) and to foster international co-operation in these activities.
- To provide a meeting place where national IT Societies can discuss and plan courses of action on issues in our field which are of international significance and thereby to forge increasingly strong links between them and with IFIP.
- To promote international co-operation directly and through national IT Societies in a free environment between individuals, national and international governmental bodies and kindred scientific and professional organizations.
- To pay special attention to the needs of developing countries and to assist them in appropriate ways to secure the optimum benefit from the application of IT.
- To promote professionalism, incorporating high standards of ethics and conduct, among all IT practitioners.
- To provide a forum for assessing the social consequences of IT applications; to campaign for the safe and beneficial development and use of IT and the protection of people from abuse through its improper application.
- To foster and facilitate co-operation between academics, the IT industry and governmental bodies and to seek to represent the interest of users.
- To provide a vehicle for work on the international aspects of IT development and application including the necessary preparatory work for the generation of international standards.
- To contribute to the formulation of the education and training needed by IT practitioners, users and the public at large.
Twelve technical committees (TC3-Education among them) are the heart of IFIP, and their working groups are formed by thousands of people living in many different countries.
IFIP enjoys friendly cooperation with a number of international organizations. First among those is UNESCO with which IFIP maintains a formal consultative relationship. UNESCO has commissioned from IFIP several projects and supports the participation of some people from developing countries in IFIP events.
IFIP is a Scientific Associate of ICSU (International Council of Scientific Unions).
There are four international federations with which IFIP collaborates: IFAC (International Federation of Automatic Control), IMACS (International Association for Mathematics and Computers in Simulation), IFORS (International Federation of Operational Research Societies) and IMEKO (International Measurement Confederation).
The administrative hub of IFIP is its secretariat at Laxenburg, near Vienna. The Head of the IFIP Secretariat is Eduard Dundler, who with the assistance of Christine McKenzie and Brigitte Brauneis is responsible for the wide range of tasks vital to the operation of such a far-flung international body. Learn more about IFIP.
International Programme Committee
- IPC chair: Sindre Røsvik
- IPC Vice-Chair: Bernard Cornu
- TC 3: Jan Wibe, Raymond Morel, Peter Waker, Anton Knierzinger
- OC Chair: Rosa Maria Vicari
- WG 3.1: Pieter Hogenbirk, Kwok-Wing Lai, Bob Munro, Hélène Godinet, Valentina Dagiene
- WG 3.2: Gordon Davies, Raul Sidnei Wazlawick
- WG 3.3: Rosa Maria Bottino, Ann McDougall
- WG 3.4: J. Barrie Thompson, Arhtur Tatnall, Bill Davey
- WG 3.5: Marta Turcsanyi-Szabo, Ivan Kalas, Ernesto Laval
- WG 3.6: Steve Wheeler, Elizabeth Stacy, Zdena Lustigova
- WG 3.7: Ian Selwood, C D O'Mahony, Chris Thorn
- WG 3.8: Mike Kendall
- WG 3.9: Lampros Stergioulas
- AGORA-initiative: Jan Wibe,(Raymond Morel)
- TC2, Software: Theory and Practice: Robert Meersman (TC2 chair)
- TC6, Communication systems: Ana Pont Sanjuan
- TC9, Relation between Computer and Society: WG 9.7 History of Education: John Impagliazzo
- TC11, Protection in Information Processing Systems: Ronald C. Dodge JR
- TC12, Artificial Intelligence: Max Bramer
- TC13, Human Computer Interaction: Annelise Mark Pejtersen
- TC14, Entertainment Computing: Matthias Rauterberg
- EDITORS: Ian Selwood, Arthur Tatnall, Anthony Jones
- Paul Brna
- Riichiro Mizoguchi
- Anne McDougall
- Gerald Futschek
- Roumen Nikolov
- Jaime Sanchez
- LI Xiaoming
- Ernesto Cuadros-Vargas
- Jari Koivisto
- Monique Grandbastien
- Sigrid Schubert
- Eleni Ntrenogianni
- Anna Kristjansdottir
- Pradeep H Pendse
- Vittorio Midoro
- Hajime Ohiwa
- Chan-Mo Park
- Valentina Dagienë
- Alain Senteni
- J.A. Frederik
- Hab. Maciej M. Syslo
- Ana Carvalho
- Miladin Stefanovic
- Wong Lung Hsiang
- Ivan Kalas
- Vladislav Rajkovic
- Carlos Delgado Kloos
- Lena Olsson
- Srisakdi Charmonman
- Cedric Wachholz
- Albert Joseph Turner
- Willis King
- Anton Knierzinger
- Mikko Ruohonen
National Organising Committee
Rosa Maria Vicari (Chair)
Raul Sidnei Wazlawick (Co-Chair)
To provide a wide forum for debates and international cooperation projects in the field of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in Education.
From 2005 to 2009 to be on the focus of world attention regarding ICT in Education.
A Conference Distributed in Time and Space
The WCCE project is structured in three initiatives:
- The WCCE Conference itself in Bento Gonçalves - RS, Brazil, in July 2009.
- The tele-WCCE Conference, that consists in a network of more than 1.000 tele-conference rooms all around the country, where participants will attend WCCE 2009 remotely and receiving proceedings, certificates and all attention that regular participants will receive. We expect to reach up to 100.000 people through this system. We are also planning one preparatory tele-conference speech per year starting in the end of 2005 until the main conference in 2009.
- The e-WCCE Conference that will happen in the Internet starting in July 7, 2005 at the closing session of WCCE 2005. Registration will be free and we expect to reach people all around the world that will propose and participate in electronic forums and discuss ways to promote cooperative projects in the area of the conference.
- 1st WCCE 1970 - Amsterdam, Netherlands
- 2nd WCCE 1975 - Marseille, France
- 3rd WCCE 1981 - Lausanne, Switzerland
- 4th WCCE 1985 - Norfolk, USA
- 5th WCCE 1990 - Sydney, Autralia
- 6th WCCE 1995 - Birmingham, UK
- 7th WCCE 2001 - Copenhagen, Denmark
- 8th WCCE 2005 - Cape Town, Africa
Considering the activities developed during the last WCCEs and the current international interests, it is expected that WCCE 2009 themes would fall under the following topics:
- ICT and education for reducing hunger, poverty and human misery.
- ICT and education for social, technological inclusion and promotion of citizenship and political conscience.
- ICT and education for reduction of violence inside and between countries.
- ICT and education for sustainable economic growth.
- ICT and education for environment preservation.
- ICT and education for the fulfillment of the human potential.
These topics and many others have been subject to debate during the history of WCCE’s. As outcomes, those events have helped to create the foundations for understanding between actors from different regions of the world for the preparation of joint projects to address those questions. The conference, also, regarding its scientific aspect, helps develop and disseminate the bases to address such projects in the best possible way.
Target Public (who should attend?)
Thousands of delegates had attended last conferences. Participants of this Conference usually are:
- Education leaders
- Professional trainers
- Teacher Educators
- Information experts
- Policy makers
- Curriculum designers
- IT Vendors
- Programme developers
- Publishers of learning resources
The conference aims to focus on available educational resources, exceptionally good educational practices, visions for future developments and historic perspectives. This event will be an excellent meeting place for both professionals and enthusiasts; experienced teachers and novices, who want to have up-to-date information on state-of- the- art and future learning environments. We want you to explore and make contact with other players to enrich your network for years to come.