Your Assignment in 2004

A sixth-grader settles down to tackle her homework on a weekday afternoon in 2004. Instead of hunching over the kitchen table with a three-ring binder, she's sitting on the bus with her laptop. She logs on to the Internet to take a math-skills test on the school home page and get her own personalized assignment, downloads the software she'll need, seeks help from an online school librarian and e-mails the finished work to her teacher. Mom and Dad check in from their office computers, comparing her scores with the class and state averages.

Homework in the future may not be any...

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