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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.

IFIP has a very active education committee, known as TC3, that supports seven working groups:

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:

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

National Organising Committee

Rosa Maria Vicari (Chair)

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UFRGS, II, PO Box 15064, CEP 91501-970
Porto Alegre, RS - Brazil
Phone: +55 051 3308 3070 - Fax: +55 051 3308 3997

Raul Sidnei Wazlawick (Co-Chair)

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UFSC-CTC-INE, 88040-900 Florianópolis, SC Brazil.
Phone: +55 048 331 9738 - Fax: +55 48 331 9566

Liliana Maria Passerino, UFRGS, FACED lilianap@via-rs.net

In memoriam

John Hughes and Gilberto Dupas.

- Huges was appointed IPC Chair to WCCE 2009 back in 2004. You can find the obituary and the pictures
- Dupas was invited as a Keynote Speaker in 2008. One of the most influents brazilian social scientsts and writer died fighting against the cancer.

Unfortunately they did not live to see this conference, which is dedicated to their memory.



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:


Previous Editions


Previous Themes

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:

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:


Why attend?

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.



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