For 2006, industry insiders and educators agree that light, mobile computers designed to facilitate interoperability among other devices are smart picks for the classroom. And if you intend to make any hardware purchases this year, experts also recommend that you plan for next-generation operating systems and wireless capabilities that are coming soon.

Don Knezek, chief executive officer of the International Society for Technology in Education, said he believes total, largely wireless convergence of hardware, peripherals, and technologies not traditionally associated with education--such as cell phones, MP3 players, and even Sony PlayStation Portable (PSP) devices--will become...

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