From online courses to kid-friendly laptops and virtual teachers, technology is spreading in America's classrooms, reducing the need for textbooks, notepads, paper, and--in some cases--even the schools themselves, Reuters reports. Just ask 11-year-old Jemella Chambers. She is one of 650 students who receive an Apple laptop each day at a state-funded school in Boston. From the second row of her classroom, she taps out math assignments on animated education software that she likens to a video game. "It's comfortable," she said of Scholastic's FASTT Math software, in which she and other students compete for high scores by completing mathematical equations.

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