The State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) is claiming success in its first-ever "Imagine a Technology Blackout" event. Thousands of teachers and students took part in the program, which ran from April 20 to May 20 and confirmed for participants the importance of technology in education, SETDA said.

For one day, the group challenged students and teachers to switch off their televisions and their computers, their portable music players, DVD players, and, yes, even their cell phones--anything, organizers said, that incorporated technology into their everyday lives.

"For many of these kids, technology is so


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