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Ed Leaders Talk Tech

Unless every student is given his or her own computer in school, districts can't even be close to transforming education, according to one expert.

Text Demands on Students Don't Meet Life's Demands

Generally, the more frequently students change schools for reasons other than grade promotion, the more likely they are to have lower achievement and behavioral problems. They are also more likely to drop out. Research confirms this. So, if we could just convince families to stop moving around so much, we could increase student achievement, right?

First I saw the smoke, then the fire. In the alley stood a half dozen teens pitching books, notes and papers into a flaming trash can. I approached the group with the worry of a former principal to investigate.

Her child's asthma used to dictate Tonya Randolph's schedule. When Nikea, now in middle school, was younger, Randolph or her husband would be called away from work every few weeks to bring their daughter to the doctor for an emergency nebulizer treatment. The parents lost work hours and Nikea missed class.

While some studies suggest students want more connection between lessons and technology in the classroom, and that many teachers often struggle to accomplish this, the following books can help educators relate technology to students and improve achievement.


Mac OS X version 10.4 "Tiger", Software, Single-user education license $69, Server version $249

Liz Pape vividly remembers the first time she conducted a presentation on the benefits of K-12 distance education courses. It was at a 1997 national conference for school administrators. The audience's reaction was anything but enthusiastic. The room was filled with doubt, apprehension and skepticism.

Anne Arundel County Public Schools (Maryland)