ZDNet blogger Conz offers up a radical yet thought-provoking idea: Instead of paying for software, shouldn't public schools actually be billing software vendors for the right to place their wares and branding in front of millions of students? "Much like television and radio stations offer up a bidding system to advertisers who want to capture the eyes and ears of the 'audience,' schools could operate a bidding process where vendors bid for accessing students' attention for their software," he writes. The idea not only would reduce the software costs to schools by hundreds of millions of dollars, but also might...

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