While scouting headlines for a recent eSchool News Online "Around the Web" feature, I found a story about how the relative anonymity of online chat rooms inspired teen-agers in suburban Chicago to discuss literature with a degree of intellectual curiosity most would never have expressed in a roomful of their peers.

On the surface, it was just one more example of how technology can enhance learning. eSchool News and eSchool News Online are full of stories on this subject, but this particular story about the suburban Chicago students was unique, and for me, it put


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