For advocates of educational technology, the election of Barack Obama as the nation's next president must seem like a breath of fresh air after eight years of an administration in which federal ed-tech spending declined nearly two-thirds ... poorly designed research funded by the U.S. Department of Education called into question technology's efficacy as a learning tool ... and an utter lack of understanding of the need for federal leadership to keep America's students competitive in the 21st-century pervaded.


Clearly, Obama gets it. In a campaign speech at Stebbins High School near Dayton, Ohio, in September, Obama noted that U.S. students

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