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As anyone involved in schools well knows, there is no shortage of information on the Internet about education, particularly its hopes and dreams regarding technology. Here are a few of the main sites—covering both efforts to promote school computing, as well as critiques of the campaign (some of which are hilarious).

Various magazines and newspapers now cover the issue of school technology. One of the best, in my mind, is eSchool News:

For general news about education in the K-12 years (and occasional updates on school technology) I found Education Week to be almost indispensable:

Another good and relatively new education magazine is Education Next. It is published out of Harvard, under the auspices of Stanford University, and edited by the somewhat conservative education critic Chester E. Finn, Jr.:

If you're interested in the academic study of school computing, one of the main journals is Educational Technology Review:

A wonderfully insightful source of news and commentary on schools is the weekly "On Education" column in The New York Times, currently being written by Michael Winerip:

Among the various organizations that question computers in schools, one of the leaders is The Alliance for Childhood. In October 2000, the Alliance published "Fool's Gold," an aggressive report on the topic signed by many prominent educators and psychologists. Since then it has followed up with targeted campaigns on a range of specific issues.

Irreverent but informed commentary can be hard to come by on the subject of school technology. But one analyst who delivers regularly on this front is Gary Stager. An adjunct professor of education at Pepperdine University, Stager also writes a provocative column as editor-at-large for District Administration magazine:

There are also a multitude of discussion sites devoted to technology in schools. One of the most varied is

To keep up with what the federal government is doing in this realm, visit the U.S. Department of Education's division of educational technology:

A new effort recently underway is to develop standards for school use of technology. The project is being directed by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE):

For some context on the business prospects for "courseware," and technology in general, see the annual Trends reports for the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA):


Now for some fun: Here are two wonderful critiques of Power Point, Microsoft's omnipresent business presentation software, which is increasingly used to great applause in classrooms:

An article in Wired magazine, by the popular critic of modern-day media visuals Edward R. Tufte, Yale professor of statistics, graphic design, and political economy:

A delightful satire on what President Abraham Lincoln might have achieved, if only personal computers had been available in the 1800s:


Finally, in a small fit of self-promotion, I must mention two articles of my own:

"The Computer Delusion," The Atlantic Monthly, July 1997. (This is the article that led to this book):

"Greedy Clicks," Salon magazine, Feb. 2, 2000, a critique of one of the Clinton Administration's ill-fated final efforts to close the so-called "digital divide":

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