In Virginia's Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS), technology and the internet are helping to transform learning--a practice that, at least in most school systems, traditionally stops and starts with the school bell--into a round-the-clock enterprise.

At the heart of this district-wide transformation is a custom-built, online portal system from educational service provider Blackboard Inc., through which FCPS students can take classes and communicate with their teachers from anywhere, anytime, as long as they have access to an internet-connected computer.

Assistant Superintendent and Chief Information Officer Maribeth Luftglass says the custom-built


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