History tells us that revolutions can be of two kinds--the violent type that tend to stay in the mind of history writers and their readers and the slow type that creep up on you while you were, metaphorically speaking, asleep. With regard to the much-hyped revolutionary potential of technology to transform schools, the technology optimists have increasingly been placed on the defensive--particularly since the advent of No Child Left Behind and its tendency to crowd out anything that does not have a direct bearing on test results--and now talk much more in terms of an extremely slow revolution that finally...

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