"K-12 is moving in their technology and we have no other choice.." - Regent James Hansen of Pierre, SD, above referenced article.
The "moving in their technology" is laptops in K-12 schools, which South Dakota has made a priority. I was in Mitchell in June as a keynote at their excellent Laptop Institute which was partly held at DSU and involved teachers, administrators, and professors from Dakota State.
South Dakota, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Maine, and Michigan all have statewide laptop programs, and many states have district-wide programs. So these students are now arriving at colleges and universities and pushing the envelope for more use of 1-to-1 for productivity and for teaching.