Old School, New Tricks

Students at Brooklyn's Packer school are field testing the wireless future. And you thought high school was tough

Some of us still remember the first time we saw a computer. I saw mine in 1977. It was a Commodore PET 2001 (a Personal Electronic Terminal). It was squat and beige and not particularly personal, and its sole function was to play a game called Hunt the Wumpus, which seemed like a fair and adequate justification for its existence to a second-grader. As the year was 1977, the PET was kept in the school's fallout shelter, which otherwise was unoccupied owing to a lack of fallout.

None of the students at the Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn, N.Y., will have...

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