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HARDWARE: No Longer Luxuries

You don’t have to agree with every choice made in this section, but if your district isn’t using some version of all the tools mentioned here—including laptops, high-tech projectors and digital cameras—you are shortchanging your students.

The End of Textbooks

With so many vital sources of information available to students, why are schools slavishly holding onto textbooks?

INTERNET:Powerful

The biggest benefits of the Web—limitless space and the ability for users to customize its information—are leading factors in each of the sites chosen this year.

SOFTWARE: Transitioning

Two forces—technology advancements and the specific NCLB requirements—had a hand in almost every item chosen in this category, from Apple’s Jaguar to CompassLearning’s standard-based tool Explorer.

BOOKS: Hott off the Press

If you’re looking for verification of No Child Left Behind’s worth, you might want to skip this section. Many of the books chosen, from Reading The Naked Truth to Not With Our Kids, come out swinging against NCLB.

That's Edutainment

Protesters say it's full of gimmicks and hinders learning. Find out why some experts believe edutainment has its place in the classroom.

Recommended Resources

The educators featured in this article recommend these products as solid additions to the classroom.

Rooted in Reading

If kids can't read, it's a universal problem. Is an "every teacher is a reading teacher" initiative the solution?

Moral of the Story

Character lessons abound in this district. Even students sent to the principal must explain their actions in terms of the LifeSkills trait they failed to meet.

Finishing On Top, With Help

This Minnesota leader uses his deep roots in Edina to lead his district to success.

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