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Multimedia technology, which blends video, sound, and graphics, holds immense possibilities. But it has yet to catch on big in corporations. The reason: Many businesspeople see the systems simply as expensive toys. But high school teachers view multimedia as a worthwhile way to stimulate learning among students--even though school budgets across the nation are shrinking. "Teachers can't compete with what kids watch at home," says David Brittain, director of educational technology for Florida, which recently spent about $1.5 million to equip 2,300 high schools with laser-disk players. Texas and California are also promoting multimedia for their school systems.

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