InsideBayArea.com reports that 10 years ago, President Clinton and Vice President Gore visited Ygnacio Valley High School as part of Net Day ’96. Along with volunteers, the politicians wired the school for internet access in an effort to prepare students for the challenges of the 21st-century workforce. At the time, California was ranked near the bottom in the nation for per-pupil technology expenditures. Today, the school has cut back on technology classes in order to focus more on literacy, but continues to offer a few technology electives. Because of under-funding, the digital divide still persists at many schools. While technology isn’t a panacea for all of what ails education, increasing numbers of educators regard it as in important instructional tool. However, although progress has been made, California has much more work to do. Some educators believe that the state has about 10 more years before schools and classrooms are fully integrated. Barbara Thalacker, the state education technology director, believes that because of the current situation, “we’re expecting our 21-century students to function in 20th-century classrooms.” …