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Everyone has had to take notes one time or another. If there were enough computers available, instead of getting writer's cramp, breaking pencils, and losing notes, one could type all the notes into a word processor and print them out when needed. The only problem that could happen is that if there is a crash of the main system, everything would be wiped out. However, the students could use floppy disks to save their notes onto instead of using the hard drive. The problem, in this case, is a virus. If the word processor program is infected, then people's disks get infected and the disks could be erased.

The question at the beginning was: How can we dramatically improve the quality of education by the use of computers and related technologies? The suggestions and facts above might be some solutions. The reason that we haven't seen children get full benefits is the school budget. The computers given are old, used, and out of style. We have at our school Apple IIe's , which I feel are closely related to the Commodore 64 . Commodores and Apple IIe's are good, but they are not as good as the IBM when it comes down to education because they are slow, basic, and their software (especially the Commodore 64) is hard to find. The Apple Macintosh is also a good computer.

Another reason, for the students not getting the full benefits, is vandalism. Students damage a lot of things in the school, including computers. Because of this reason schools are hesitant to buy a new, two-thousand dollar computer, and stick to used and old computers that the budget can afford to replace. Because of the budget, many children enrolled in large cities' poor schools won't really have experience in computers, and that is a major setback for the American dream, which I will discuss later.