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Uruguay's Schools Give Each Kid a Laptop, While America Twiddles Its Thumbs

One-to-one laptop programs in America are still novelties. In Uruguay, all elementary students have had a laptop since 2009.

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We spend a lot of time here in America debating the merit of providing a laptop to every student. Maine is still the only state to have a one-to-one laptop program for middle and high school students. In contrast, many of our global peers see the writing on the wall and know that computer literacy and learning with technology can't be optional in the 21st century. In particular, Uruguay's been rolling out one-to-one laptops at schools since 2009 through their Plan Ceibal program. Now that almost all students have access to computers, the South American nation is thinking about how to take the use of them to the next level.

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San Diego Is Bridging the Digital Divide with Refurbished Computers for Low-Income Families

Trying to do research for an assignment or type a paper without your own computer is really hard.

Can you imagine trying to do research for an assignment or type a paper without your own computer? For low-income students, this is often the reality. Sure, they can sometimes trek to public libraries to use computers there, but with long waits, time-use limits, and libraries cutting back their hours, more kids are left without a way to complete critical schoolwork. The San Diego County Office of Education's "Unlimited Access" program, a collaborative effort with businesses and nonprofits, may have a solution.

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Tips For Boosting Your Parents' Tech Literacy

Google unveils Teach Parents Tech, a customizable tech support care package of videos to help the 'rents get out of the disco age.


Your folks can't figure out how to attach files to an email? They're baffled by screenshots? Grandma needs a hand changing her screensaver? Again? Chances are you've put in more than a few hours of I.T. support for the seniors in your life.

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