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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: Arial0000,0000,FFFFI 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. Arial0000,0000,FFFFBill Romond Arial0000,0000,FFFFEducational Technology Coordinator Arial0000,0000,FFFFVermont Department of Education Arial0000,0000,FFFF120 State Street Arial0000,0000,FFFFMontpelier, VT 05620-2501 Arial0000,0000,FFFF(802) 828-0064 (V) Arial0000,0000,FFFF (802) 828-3140 (F) Arial0000,0000,EEEEhttp://www.state.vt.us/educ/new/html/pgm_edtech.html0000,0000,FFFF Arial0000,0000,FFFF[log in to unmask] Arial0000,0000,FFFF Arial0000,0000,FFFF Tahoma-----Original Message----- TahomaFrom:Tahoma eSchoolNews [mailto:[log in to unmask]] TahomaSent:Tahoma Monday, March 21, 2005 2:33 PM TahomaTo:Tahoma Bill Romond TahomaSubject:Tahoma eSN: MIT team creating $100 laptops This entire eMail can be viewed online at: 0000,0000,EEEEhttp://www.eschoolnews.com/thisweek/mar21alert.htm < NEWS ALERT ... 0000,0000,EEEEMIT 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.... GRANT ALERT .. . 0000,0000,EEEE$600,000 for hypertext research 0000,0000,EEEEto 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 WEEK'S TOP NEWS ... 0000,0000,EEEEGAO 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 in recent years, according to a government report released March 16.... 0000,0000,EEEEAttacks highlight security concerns More than two months after a computer hacker infiltrated George Mason University's massive network infrastructure and made off with sensitive data belonging to 32,000 students, faculty, and staff, administrators at Virginia's largest university are still searching for the perpetrator.... 0000,0000,EEEEReport 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.... 0000,0000,EEEEDo-it-yourself database draws fire VerdanaWhen 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 out the way officials had hoped.... NEW eSN ONLINE FEATURE .. . ... 0000,0000,EEEEVisit the new and improved 0000,0000,EEEEK-20 Technology Solutions Center For over four years, the School Technology Buyer's Guide provided educators with over 4,000 detailed company profiles of vendors in the education technology marketplace. But readers wanted more! Now you can find the latest product showcases, white papers, and grant opportunities as well as key vendor information inside this new and updated center. Visit today! Go to: 0000,0000,EEEEhttp://www.eschoolnews.com/tsc.... PARTNERS UPDATE .. . 0000,0000,EEEEnetTrekker Selected as 0000,0000,EEEE2005 BESSIE Award Winner From netTrekker, March 17--netTrekker, the trusted search engine for schools, has been selected as a winner in the 11th Annual Best Educational Software (BESSIE) Awards competition.... 0000,0000,EEEESMARTer Kids Foundation extends sponsorship of Teacher of the Year From SMART Technologies, March 18--The SMARTer Kids Foundation of Canada announces a five-year sponsorship commitment to the U.S. State and National Teacher of the Year Programs worth more than $1 million per year. The SMARTer Kids Foundation has been a sponsor of these programs for the past five years through its Teaching Excellence Award program and will provide the same support from 2006 to 2010 inclusive.... 0000,0000,EEEEAtomic Learning's tutorial 0000,0000,EEEElibrary surpasses 13,000 From Atomic Learning, March 15--Atomic Learning, award winning provider of affordable web-based software training and tutorials, released eight new tutorial movie series comprised of over 500 new tutorials this week. Atomic Learning now offers over 13,000 tutorials for more than 75 different applications.... If you are having difficulty viewing this eMail, please cut and paste the following text into your browser: http://www.eschoolnews.com/thisweek/Mar21alert.htm Contents Copyright 2005 eSchool News. All rights reserved. Arial0000,0000,EEEEback to the top < March 21, 2005 Vol.8 No.12 - Sponsored by- < Communicate more effectively and draw attention to key information. 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