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Ok you got me to sign up for eschoolnews. Don't get your knickers in a 
twist over this just yet. The screen, RAM and a chip from a commercial 
vendor like AMD, will be very difficult to put together for $90. I 
don't think you guys would be too happy with the $185. desktop they are 
already hawking in Asia. Plus I think that anything they come up with 
will be targeted for offshore, will be REALLY REALLY low end and will 
cost more here (remember we are a rich country). Oh, it won't happen 
for a few years either. However, this is nothing but good news and even 
though I'm a Mac guy I'm pro open source and this will really send 
Micro$oft for a loop.cheers,
Ed Crelin

On Mar 21, 2005, at 3:13 PM, Bill Romond wrote:

>
> I know you all have plenty of e-mail... but this article ("MIT Team 
> Creating $100 Laptops") from eSchool News speaks to something that 
> Vermont is piloting... one-to-one computing. A premise upon which the 
> Vermont pilot is built isthatthe cost of putting teachers and 
> students in a one-to-one environment will continue todecline.
> 
> Bill Romond
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> MIT team creating $100 laptops
> Three researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have 
> embarked on an ambitious plan to close the global digital divide: 
> They're recruiting corporate partners to join MIT in designing and 
> mass-producing basic, durable laptops costing $100 or less....
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>  GRANT ALERT .. .
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>  $600,000 for hypertext research
> to benefit disabled children
> The U.S. Department of Education has announced a technology grant 
> program to fund research on the effectiveness and implementation of 
> technologies for children with disabilities....
> Deadline: April 15, 2005
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> WEEK'S TOP NEWS ...
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> GAO report blasts eRate oversight
> The Federal Communications Commission should assume greater oversight 
> of the eRate, should more closely analyze how the money is being used 
> in the nation's schools, and should rid the $2.25 billion-a-year 
> program of the waste, fraud, and abuse that have marred its reputation 
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> 16....
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> Attacks highlight security concerns
> More than two months after a computer hacker infiltrated George Mason 
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> sensitive data belonging to 32,000 students, faculty, and staff, 
> administrators at Virginia's largest university are still searching 
> for the perpetrator....
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> Report highlights exemplary data use
> The nonprofit Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) has released a 
> new report as part of its multi-year "Data-driven Decision Making: 
> Vision to Know and Do" initiative, a cross-industry effort to help 
> educators use data to improve instruction....
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> Do-it-yourself database draws fire
> When officials at the New York City Department of Education decided to 
> build an in-house computer database to handle the transcripts, 
> schedules, and academic records of the district's more than 300,000 
> high school students, the idea was to create a system that would work 
> seamlessly across the region. But the investment hasn't quite worked 
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> NEW eSN ONLINE FEATURE .. .  ...
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>  SMARTer Kids Foundation extends sponsorship of Teacher of the Year
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