Primary teachers get laptops, training

Nationwide, technology experts advise school districts to spend at least 30 percent of their technology budget on teacher training if they want to make a difference in teaching and learning. Few districts come close to that percentage, though, and that shortfall shows in the way teachers react to using technology. An influential 1995 report from the federal Office of Technology Assessment, for example, reported that a majority of U.S. teachers describe themselves as inadequately trained to use computers. Neither are they confident that they can integrate technology into the curriculum.