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Don Knezek of the International Society for Technology in Education has served with the organization for years. Since 1999, he has directed the association's National Center for Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers to Use Technology, targeted to improving technology preparation among teachers.

EVERY MONTH A NEW PORTABLE MP3 PLAYER IS ON THE MARKET and they're not just for music. Known more as personal media players than music players, their use transcends age, lifestyle and social class, and many people are relying on them more as compact troves of information rather than strictly as toys to rock out to. Educators are aware of this phenomenon and are exploring the devices' potential as teaching tools.

SCHOOL VIOLENCE IS TAKING its toll. So far in the 2006-2007 school year, American school staff and students have suffered 28 school-related violent deaths and 53 nonfatal shooting incidents, according to the National School Safety and Security Services in Cleveland.

WHEN THE NATIONAL COUNCIL of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) published Curriculum Focal Points for Pre kindergarten through Grade 8 Mathematics: A Quest for Coherence last September, the document targeted what many feel is a need for fewer, more focused math objectives for school districts through out the United States.

GRIMMEST BOOK OF WORLD SCHOOL-RECORDS

Procurement can be complicated and time consuming, as everyone from librarians to teachers to administrators navigate through multiple printed forms, thick product catalogs, numerous vendors, time-sensitive price lists, as well as purchase order requests.

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