As a history teacher, I discovered the educational power of the internet in 1995. That's when I introduced my Temescal Canyon High School students to eMail and chat rooms and showed them how to interview kids in Belgrade, Serbia.

Then the bombs began falling--and my students discovered they were dealing with real information. It gave them a different take on the world--and on this dead stuff we call history.

Once you know what can happen when students are motivated, it's beyond discouraging when the technical resources aren't there to make it happen. By 2003,...

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