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Flying monkeys and the glowing face of a 21st century wizard enliven the stage at Effingham High School in Illinois during a student production of The Wizard of Oz thanks to laptops, software and DVDs.

Problem: Enrollment of female students in Colorado Springs School District 11 middle school career and technical education exploratory classes was low, which meant few females enrolled in those electives at the high school level.

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New Test Shows Teens Not So Tech-Savvy

Administrators at Putnam County Elementary School in Eatonton, Ga., are an ambitious group, and they don't want any first-year teachers to fail. In fact, school leaders are providing new teachers with nearly all they need to succeed.

With all the buzz about "Web 2.0 technologies" and the implications that new social Web tools such as Weblogs, wikis and the like have for education and information literacy, it's no wonder that school libraries are suddenly on the front lines of change.

I couldn't help laughing at the cynical greeting I received one first day of January, "Happy New Year-your car is now worth $1,000 less!"

What kinds of school-family connections are more likely to produce higher levels of student achievement? K12 educators are asking this as they implement various school-family-community involvement programs to comply with the No Child Left Behind act (NCLB). Fortunately, educational research offers insights and direction for school districts. For example, researchers Anne Henderson and Karen Mapp recently synthesized 51 high-quality studies on parent and community involvement, 31 of which address relationships between student achievement and parent-community involvement activities.

Problem: After redesigning its Web page, the San Diego County Office of Education received complaints that the search engine was inaccurate and extremely slow.

Solution: The SDCOE installed Google Mini as its search engine and hasn't received a complaint in over a year.

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