South Dakota lawmakers who refused to pay for high school laptops and wireless university campuses last winter will be asked to find the money this session, despite an uncertain economy and concerns that technology shouldn’t come before the basics, reports the Argus Leader. Each program sparked intense argument during the last legislative session before lawmakers killed funding. Supporters of these ed-tech initiatives envision a seamless system of computer-assisted learning from high school to graduate school. Every high school student would have and use a laptop computer, and every college campus would have the infrastructure and support staff to accommodate those tech-savvy grads. Teaching majors would walk straight into high schools and use technology to teach. But the programs have their detractors, too. Opponents–many of whom agree that computers can be used in positive ways in some areas of education–talk about priorities. They worry that the current education system isn’t funded well enough to direct money to new initiatives. They also worry that the glitter of the new technology could blind decision-makers who ought to be paying more attention to the nitty-gritty of education, particularly in the K-12 system…

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