Technology Champions–All in the family: Minnesota districts bridge the high-tech gap with laptops to go…home

Critics of educational technology often point to a lack of empirical evidence demonstrating its effectiveness as reason for their concerns. But thanks to a grant from the Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration, Minnesota's Independent School Districts 191 and 196 have plenty of first-hand evidence to support technology's power to transform education.

In the fall of 1997, the districts gave laptop computers to 150

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