School districts and teachers in Michigan are gradually registering for a program that provides free laptops to every K-12 teacher through the state's new Teacher Technology Initiative. Announced in December, the $110 million program is widely supported by the state's legislature and Gov. John Engler.

Under the program, schools get $1,200 per teacher to buy laptop computers (from a half-dozen vendors), enhance web connectivity, or purchase other electronic equipment, such as digital cameras. Alternatively, schools can apply some or all of the funds to teacher training. At the heart of the concept is


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