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[Susan notes: Great letter. It is especially fine when written by someone who knows and uses technology well.]

Submitted to Los Angeles Times but not published

To the editor

Kudos to Michael Hiltzik for his column ( Hyping tech will not help students, February 5) criticizing federal officials for overselling the benefits of technology to K-12 schools. As co-producer of the most popular educational podcast in the world (ESLPod.com's English as a Second Language Podcast), I'm no enemy of new technology.

But our students need nutrition, health care, quality teachers and librarians, and (especially here in California) something to read in their near-empty school libraries, the worst in the nation. iPads, iPods, and Kindles are great, but first things first: books before bytes.

The writer is Co-producer of English as a Second Language Podcast, former Associate Professor of Education, California State University, Fullerton,

and author of "The Literacy Crisis: False Claims, Real Solutions" (1998)

Jeff McQuillan, Ph.D.

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