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The background and pro and con arguments were written by staff based upon input from the following sources.


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4.Janet Maragioglio, "iPads Boost Math Scores, Benefit Education,", Jan. 31, 2012
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8.Emily Price, "How Much Storage Does Your Tablet Need?,", Mar. 3, 2012
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36.Christopher F. Schuetze, "Textbooks Finally Take a Big Leap to Digital,", Nov. 23, 2011
37.Aaron Smith, "Smartphone Adoption and Usage,", July 11, 2011
38.The New Media Consortium, "The 2012 Horizon Report,", 2012
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40.AVG, "The AVG Digital Diaries Report – How Has Technology Changed Childhood?,", Apr. 2012
41.Gautham Nagesh, "Pew: Minorities Continue to Lead Twitter Adoption,", June 1, 2011
42.Will Oremus, "New Digital Divide: Whites Less Likely to Own Smartphones,", Aug. 7, 2012
43.Jane Weaver, "Teens Tune Out TV, Log On Instead,", July 24, 2012
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51.John Koetsier, "L.A. Unified to Give Every Student an iPad in Deal Worth 'Hundreds of Millions,'", June 19, 2013
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58.Hoang Nguyen, "Three-Quarters of Kids Between Ages 8 and 11 Regularly Use a Tablet,", Apr. 16, 2018
59.Andrew Perrin, "Nearly One-in-Five Americans Now Listen to Audiobooks,", Mar. 8, 2018
60.Taylor Soper, "Amazon Passes Samsung for Second Place in Worldwide Tablet Shipments, Sees 50% Growth in 2017,", Feb. 5, 2018
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69.Sean Cavanagh, "K-12 Print Needs Persist Despite Digital Growth,", Apr. 14, 2015
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77.Lindsay McKenzie, "Are Etextbooks Affordable Now?,", May 1, 2018
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84.ASCD and OverDrive, "Digital Content Goes to School: Trends in K-12 Classroom E-Learning,", 2016
85.Janet Grenslitt, "National Survey Awards School Districts for Innovative Technology Initiatives,", Mar. 29, 2018
86.The Foundation for Blended and Online Learning and Evergreen Education Group, "Digital Learning Strategies for Rural America: A Scan of Policy and Practice in K-12 Education,", Mar. 2018
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88.Evergreen Education Group, "Keeping Pace with K-12 Online Learning: 2016,", 2016
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94.Lauren Camera, "On Tech, Teacher Doesn't Know Best,", Dec. 26, 2015
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96.Elizabeth Harper, "The Best Way to Take Notes,", May 31, 2018
97.Jennifer Groff, "Technology-Rich Innovative Learning Environments,", Feb. 2013
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99.Sharon Hurley Hall, "8 Ways Teachers Can Benefit from Cloud Storage,", Nov. 8, 2017
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101.John Keilman, "New Technology Lets Students Cheat More Than Ever,", Aug. 7, 2012
102.Rebecca Levey, "5 Ways Students Use Technology to Cheat – What Parents Need to Know,", Sep. 28, 2012
103.The Telegraph, "Six in 10 Pupils Admit to Using Internet to Cheat in Homework,", Sep. 10, 2009
104.Nick Pandolfo, "As Some Schools Plunge into Technology, Poor Schools Are Left Behind,", Jan. 24, 2012
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109.Justin B. Hollander, "Long Live Paper,", Oct. 9, 2012
110.Ken Myers, "7 Potential Issues to Be Prepared for When Bringing Tablets into the Classroom,", Feb. 13, 2014
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114.Claire McLaughlin, "The Homework Gap: The 'Cruelest Part of the Digital Divide',", Apr. 20, 2016