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Apple to supply 36,000 laptops for Maine 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…

eSN Analysis: Technology will be key to schools’ accountability efforts

From data tracking, analysis, and reporting tools, to sophisticated computerized assessments, to test-prep programs and skills-building software, technology will play a key role in helping schools meet tough new accountability…

Teen’s ‘translator glove’ lends hearing-impaired students a hand

A Grand Junction, Colo., high school senior is getting international acclaim for inventing a computerized glove that translates sign language gestures into writing. Educators say the device could hold great…

Deficits curb states’ ed-tech plans

With state governments from Maine to California facing severe budget shortfalls, legislators and state education officials are targeting school technology programs for possible budget cuts. An already-slumping economy, further damaged…

Anthrax scares prompt colleges to seek online applications

In the wake of anthrax-related scares that have delayed mail shipments across the country, some colleges are urging high school seniors to apply online to meet application deadlines. Bowdoin College,…

District’s audio surveillance results in class-action claim

In a case that could have broad repercussions for schools that use video cameras to monitor student activities, a former Berks County, Pa., student has sued her former school district,…

Pending HP-Compaq deal draws family fire

The pending acquisition of Compaq Computer Corp. by Hewlett-Packard (HP) will go forward as announced, company representatives have assured eSchool News. They expect the deal to be completed by early…

Some schools revisit cell phone bans after 9-11

Research and anecdotal evidence suggest some schools, in the wake of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, are reexamining their attitudes towards students using cell phones. The following report takes…

Parents want gag on TV news in classroom after 9-11

In wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, school boards across the nation are re-examining their policies about showing live television coverage in the classroom. In Ashland, N.H., parents went…

High Court ponders online porn law

Struggling to find a balance between protecting children from online smut and preserving free speech, the Supreme Court on Nov. 28 questioned whether a sweeping national standard could rule the…