USA Today reports that research presented at the American Educational Research Association’s annual meeting, suggests that taxpayer-supported computer and Internet giveaways may not be as helpful in increasing student achievement as some claim. One study by researchers from Syracuse and Michigan State universities examined a middle school student-laptop program, and found that the preliminary results of the program were mixed. According to the researchers, teachers and students felt that there were more distractions with the laptops–teachers report more classroom disruptions because students check email etc. But, students also felt distracted and believed that their “time is not used as effectively as before.” A Tennessee study found that schools serving low-income children actually had more computers than your typical school, but using these computers to teach reading in primary grades proved to be ineffective…