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In the tech-savvy world of universal Internet access and lightning-fast laptops, the hidden trend in technology may be the rapid developments in multimedia presentation systems.

Summer Reading: Suggested is Hot, Required is Not

Whether it's due to the wizardry in Harry Potter or the racial slurs in Huckleberry Finn, attempts at censorship are common occurrences in schools today. This may be one impetus for changes in summer reading programs.

You've done a great disservice to Ohio teachers," said the man who approached me after my speech at an education conference. "You're advocating new technology, and we can't afford it; we've got to keep building on our installed base," he said angrily.

After taking the brunt of fiscal woes since October and promising to end the school year in the black, Seattle Schools Superintendent Joseph Olchefske is resigning to avoid further division in the district.

A new scourge is sweeping the land. Kids have grown isolated from family members and no longer play outside. Chores go undone. Homework waits. Books go unread. Teachers note distracted students. My ninth-grade daughter's friends are all hooked and do nothing else. Wives ignore their husbands.

In the hallways and cafeteria of Central Junior High School in Lawrence, Kan., snapshots of students in action, reading or recycling, are taken and sometimes plastered on walls.

The school is piloting fully integrated technology enriched classrooms and using digital cameras where they fit in the curriculum. Charlotte Anderson, who teaches English and journalism to mostly ninth graders, says she started working with computers in the 1980s and has since increased her passion for technology.