Tech companies helping schools

On a recent visit to a school library with his sons, the co-founder of U.S. tech giant Sun Microsystems noticed that not one book was off the shelf.

Instead, students were working on their laptops, instant messaging with their cellphones or listening to their iPods while doing their homework. “I looked around and not one person was looking at the books,” said Scott McNealy. “They go to the library because it’s quiet. It’s insulated with all of these books.”

McNealy, now chairman of California-based Sun Microsystems, and Mike Zafirovski, the CEO of Canada’s Nortel Networks Corp. (TSX:NT), are looking to the Internet to bridge what they call the digital and educational divides. (link)

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