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The technology to change the classroom exists already, said Mr. Silvernail. The challenge is using it effectively. He has been examining the effect of a program in Maine through which all middle school students were given laptop computers. The results varied widely, and the classrooms that used the laptops the most often were not necessarily the most successful. As schools rely more on laptops and mobile devices, it is crucial to determine when students benefit from the presence of the computers and when teachers should put them away, he said.

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