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Broadband advocates spoke, and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) listened. The highly anticipated—and long overdue—National Broadband Plan was at last released by the FCC on March 16. K12 education groups, including the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), the National School Boards Association (NSBA), and the Education and Libraries Networks Coalition (EdLiNC), were pleased to see substantial improvements recommended for the E-rate program, which provides discounted telecommunications services for schools and libraries.

One-to-one computing has not lived up to its expectations. Providing each student with a laptop computer has not resulted in significant achievement gains. In an analysis of previous studies on 1:1, Boston College researchers found that the impact of a one-to-one computing implementation is largely a function of the classroom teacher. Some teachers know how to make good use of a one-toone situation, and some don't. If extracting value from an innovation is dependent on the teacher, then the value added by the innovation per se is limited.

This is a digest of a District Administration Web Seminar. Participants were Terry Abbott, founder of Drive West Communications; Michael Ebner, collaboration solutions specialist for Insight; and Michael Kuhrt, superintendent of the Giddings (Texas) ISD.

Four years ago, the growing pains at Cypress-Fairbanks ISD in Texas were getting severe.

The district was adding 4,000 students a year, and the percent of children from families living below the poverty level was growing by about 3 percent annually. The ELL population also was growing.

Cathie: Just when you thought the youth of today couldn't spend any more time on their electronic devices, a new Kaiser Family Foundation report, "Generation M2: Media in the Lives of 8- to 18-Year-Olds," documents that they actually are.

Elliot: "The average young American now spends practically every waking minute—except for the time in school— using a smartphone, computer, ?" That's the lead line from the article on the report that appeared on the front page of The New York Times.


Online tutoring is an effective way to get students back on track. But in poor districts, home computers can be a scarce commodity.

Whether its cars, watches or computers, the quality behind an established brand extends from new items to used ones.


That's why, all other things being equal, you're better off buying a business-grade Dell, HP or Lenovo PC than an unbranded "whitebox" unit assembled by a discount supplier.


You can have the best computer in the world, but if the operating system is buggy it's like having a race car up on blocks.

When the Michigan State Board of Education instituted a high school graduation requirement mandating two credits of a foreign language and one online learning course, it created an opportunity to tackle "21st Century Skill Sets" with 21st century technology.