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Education Needs Paris Hilton

By Susan McLester, June 15, 2007
From Technology and Learning

If we can figure out a way to get Paris Hilton associated with education technology, we actually may begin getting the coverage the topic deserves. In any event, it seems the New York Times agrees, opting to go with the tabloid-style, sensational approach to its coverage.

In May's "Seeing No Progress, Some Schools Drop Laptops," author Winnie Hu details all that's gone wrong with the one-to-one laptop program in the Liverpool, NY, school district. Unfortunately, as many in the education community have observed since its publication, the reporting is irresponsibly lopsided, with virtually no coverage of the many programs that are working. It seems Hu might have benefited had she used the well-known tools—such as Google!—that our kids regularly rely on for research. That's assuming she really wanted to educate herself about some of the key elements experts say must be in place for the successful implementation of laptop programs. It is not as if there's a dearth of evidence.

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