Roby Independent School District, Roby, Texas

The sleepy little town of Roby made national headlines two years ago when 43 local residents won a $50 million lottery jackpot (Teacher Michelle Terry's husband was one of the winners.) But in the future Roby may be known for the excellence in the technology advances in their public school system. The town's lastest gamble: Spending money on technology. The payoff: well-trained high school graduates.

When I first visited Roby ISD in 1986 there was relatively little modern technology in the classrooms. Scattered about...

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