The news that Apple Inc. co-founder and chief executive Steve Jobs is taking a health hiatus until the end of June sent the company's shares tumbling 4 percent last week, reportedly wiping out some $10 billion in shareholder wealth. But in considering what the news might mean for schools, educational technology leaders who spoke with eSchool News were more measured in their response.

"Steve Jobs, as an iconic leader, represents more to shareholders than to end users at this moment," said Jim Hirsch, associated superintendent for technology at the Plano Independent School District in Texas. "Products that we in


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