Inaugural Java Education and Learning Community Advisory Board Convenes to Drive Java Technology-Based Tools for Teaching and Learning

Community Has Grown To 900 Members And 130 Java technology-based eLearning Projects In Less Than 6 Months

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Sept. 13, 2004 � Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) today convened the first meeting of the advisory board committee of the Java(SM) Education and Learning Community (JELC). Gathering the key influencers in technology and education, the meeting is focused on developing the Java technology community's collaborative open standards-based projects and tools for teaching and learning.

Over the last several years, governments around the world have been embracing open standards as a means of controlling costs and reducing time to implementation in the education community, but there have been few efforts to share best practices at an international level. The JELC is breaking down those barriers to promote widespread adoption of Java technology-based tools and infrastructure for advancing lifelong learning.

Open Standards Collaborative Initiatives Take Center Stage

The JELC Portal is the host site for the group's initiatives. Currently the site hosts more than 130 projects initiated by the more than 900 members of the global community, representing over 20 countries. Several of the collaborative projects utilize the portal's infrastructure for posting content, accessing dissuasion forums, blogging and wikis including:

"Java technology is doing amazing things to develop the highest standards for global education. It's helping to create a world without borders for educators and students," said Kim Jones, vice president, Global Education and Research for Sun Microsystems. "By looking at old problems in new ways and sharing the best tools and technologies, the JELC is focused on building an open standards-based structure for global eLearning that will fuel collaboration and take education to the next level for our students and teachers."

"As a member of the JELC Advisory Board, it our vision that Lifelong Learning is available to all citizens across the world and not limited to a few," said Mike Keller, Stanford University. "It's technologies like Java that make this possible. That's why we're here today, to discuss and implement innovations and standards that will drive best practices for worldwide eLearning."

The JELC is a direct outcome of the first LifeLong Learning Forum hosted by Sun in March 2004. The LifeLong Learning Forum brought together more than 40 Ministries of Education from 25 countries to empower education leaders to work together and devise common solutions toward implementing a policy of lifelong learning.

JELC Honorary Committee Members

JELC Advisory Board Committee Members

Sun's Java Education and Learning Community Mission Statement

The Java Education and Learning Community provides researchers, teachers, programmers, authors, corporate trainers, administrators, public officials, students and others a place to find, develop and share Java technology-related open source educational tools, open learning standards implementations and open course learning materials.

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