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New ESEA features carrots, cudgels

Educational technology advocates were quietly celebrating the survival of a handful of specific technology programs in the days following the Dec. 11 approval of the landmark education bill by House…

Maine buys 36,000 laptops for students, teachers

The Maine Department of Education has signed a four-year, $37.2 million contract with Apple to supply the technology, training, and support for Maine’s groundbreaking initiative that will equip every seventh…

Letters to the editor

Filtering feud Thanks for your November article on the release of “Internet Filters: A Public Policy Report,” the first major research report from the Free Expression Policy Project at the…

Judge rejects Microsoft’s settlement offer for schools

A federal judge has rejected Microsoft’s offer to donate computers and software to schools to settle a class-action lawsuit accusing it of overcharging for its products. U.S. District Judge J.…

Apple touts revamped iMac for education

Three years after rewriting the books on computer design and simplicity with the iMac, Apple Computer Inc. has unveiled updated models with a flat-screen display, faster processor, and a new…

Survey ranks states’ use of ed-tech

South Dakota leads the nation in school technology for the second year in a row, according to the 2001 Digital State survey conducted by the Center for Digital Government. Sponsored…

FCC: Rural Alaskan residents can ‘piggy-back’ off schools’ internet connections

A new ruling by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) opens the possibility for residents in remote rural areas to connect to the internet after hours using excess bandwidth from their…

Details of the education plan signed into law by President Bush Jan. 8:

• Requires annual state tests in reading and math for every child in grades three through eight beginning in 2004-05 school year. Schools whose scores fail to improve two years…

Probation officers use software to monitor sex offenders

Don Spurlin was listening to a seminar on computer software designed to protect children from sexual predators. He wondered, why not use it to protect predators from their own impulses?…

AOL glitch blocks eMail to dozens of prospective Harvard students

Dozens of eMail messages telling high school seniors whether they had been admitted to Harvard University for next year never arrived recently, after America Online interpreted the messages as junk…