How do your kids use computers for school?

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My two teenage nieces primarily use home computers for school work. Unfortunately, their school uses computers in labs only.

Current PC of choice seems to be the well used, beloved HP TC1100 Tablet PCs, which they say do the trick most of the time. They mainly write essays in Word, quick notes in Journal, and the calculator. Next comes IE with search engines helping them find their way to whatever word they need to use. It’s solitary work, not collaborative and yes, homework still gets printed on paper.

 I know Rob’s kids use PCs in their homeschool. What about the rest of you. How do your kids use computers for school work? What do they need created or enabled to get them over that next edge?