In 1995, the Alexandria City Public Schools in Virginia launched a bold technology initiative to ensure that its students would have the skills needed for the 21st century. In keeping with Virginia's new statewide school technology initiative, every public school classroom in Alexandria needed to be connected to the internet.

But Chris Sieger, the school district's director of information technology services, viewed internet access as just one element in an integrated system.

"The [state] established minimum technology standards," Sieger said. "We expanded that directive by creating a technology plan for our school district that addressed administrative routines and


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