Now being a technology enthusiast, all out Google fan boy, and about to do research in educational technology, I believe updating the classroom as far as technology goes is extremely important. Because when hundreds of thousands of teens graduate high school every year, they have not a clue how to use a computer beyond word processing programs and basic web surfing. It almost makes me sad when my peers ask me questions like "Can I install two programs at the same time?" or "Why is my mouse not working?" (mouse not plugged in). I do not mean to offend these students. In fact, they are the victims of public education, not the cause. Anyway, but where am I going with the Google fan boy stuff...
A recent post by Google's internal blog describes how cloud computing and Google Docs are the next generation classroom tools. To tell you the truth, I agree. Even if Google is not the leader of this movement (though they almost definitely are), classrooms need to move to the next age of learning and collaboration. Unfortunately, with schools spying on their students with laptop webcams, and Google's recent privacy issues, however overblown they may be, the goal keeps getting further and further away.
Anyway, I believe that the only way we can really start some reform is by motivating the students, rather than the administration. So to end this post earlier than I usually do: if you know any high school students, or even college students, urge them to update their classrooms in any way possible. We cannot have the only people who know how to use computers be a select group of MIT graduates.
(As a side note, I am currently attempting to do a research study comparing the effects of different educational methods on material retention over time. If anybody with experience has suggestions or hints that can help me out, feel free to comment.)