As a new school year begins, the time may have come to reconsider how large a role technology can play in changing education, writes Steve Lohr in an essay in the New York Times. There are promising examples, both in the United States and abroad, and they share some characteristics. The ratio of computers to pupils is one to one. Technology isn't off in a computer lab. Computing is an integral tool in all disciplines, always at the ready. Web-based education software has matured in the last few years, so that students, teachers and families can be linked through networks.

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