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School boards weigh ban on student laptops, PDAs

While many school systems are doing their best to encourage students to use handheld devices and laptop computers, some systems are banning these devices and even confiscating them from students.…

Schools mull HP-Compaq deal Product support and customer service are educators’ top worries

In the wake of the Sept. 3 announcement that high-tech giant Hewlett-Packard Co. (HP) is buying Compaq Computer Corp.–one of the top three computer makers in the school field–a Compaq…

Study: Video games stunt learning

A controversial new study from a Japanese researcher finds that computer games might stunt teenagers’ developing brains and cause them to be more disposed to violence than their parents, regardless…

Legal fur flies over Pennsylvania cyberschools

A county judge on Aug. 9 ordered a Pennsylvania cyberschool not to collect $43,700 in fees for 10 students it enrolled from the Butler Area School District in Butler County,…

N.H. parents turn thumbs down on hand scanner

School administrators have tabled plans to use a hand-scanning device to increase security at a high school in Merrimack, N.H., after parents voiced privacy concerns. The device already had been…

School computer fees fuel debate among educators

Should parents be charged a fee for technology services that traditionally have been viewed as a school district’s responsibility to provide? That’s the question an increasing number of administrators are…

Privacy groups claim Microsoft’s Kids Passport is a ticket for trouble

Some privacy and consumer advocates allege that a new Microsoft service, which is intended to help parents control the information their children give out online, actually is misleading and fails…

Schools bridge gap in home computer access

A new federal report shows that in many cases, schools are the only place that underprivileged and minority children can access the internet. What’s more, researchers found that the number…

Foundation for Excellent Schools links schools with necessary resources

The tiny Benson Village School in Vermont, hard-pressed for cash, had lots of ancient computers but no modern ones. Thirty miles away, Middlebury College was upgrading some of its computer…

How to comply with the new filtering law without breaking the bank

With a new law forcing school districts receiving eRate discounts to block access to inappropriate materials on the internet, many school officials are searching for cost-effective ways to bring their…