In recent months, the idea of putting technology in the hands of every student has begun to gather some serious momentum. Georgia's Cobb County is the latest high-profile district to consider a large-scale laptop initiative aimed at transforming students' educational experience, following the lead of places like Maine and Henrico County, Va. (see "$69.9 million iBook deal on tap in Ga."). But significant barriers to these kinds of initiatives remain, the most notable of which is cost. So, what will it take to achieve personal computing for all of our K-12 students?

Although most conversations


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