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MICHIGAN BELL ANNOUNCES $150,000 COMPETITION TO BRING INFORMATION-AGE BENEFITS TO MICHIGAN SCHOOLS

 MICHIGAN BELL ANNOUNCES $150,000 COMPETITION
 TO BRING INFORMATION-AGE BENEFITS TO MICHIGAN SCHOOLS
 DETROIT, Oct. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- The information age soon may be enrolled at a school near you.
 Michigan Bell today unveiled a $150,000 awards competition that will encourage Michigan schools to find creative and innovative ways to use electronic communication to improve the quality of education.
 Called the Ameritech SuperSchool competition, the program is part of an initiative to award $750,000 to schools in the five states served by Ameritech Bell companies.
 "Our fundamental interest is to demonstrate how communications can impact education," said Bob Hurst, president of Michigan Bell.
 "Many schools have the know-how and creativity, but lack the funding," he added. "We want to give them the financial and technical support to improve the learning process by improving their use of information. We want to make the unthinkable or unaffordable possible."
 At least three grants will be awarded in each of Ameritech's five states for the 1993-94 school year. A panel of education experts will select the winners and determine the size of the grants.
 Principals and school district superintendents representing more than 7,700 schools in territories served by Michigan Bell and other Ameritech Bell companies soon will be sent more details of the competition. Schools will be invited to describe their plan to use a network-based telecommunications technology to improve education.
 Among the criteria that the judges will consider are whether the project:
 -- Provides a major impact on traditional instructional or administrative methods.
 -- Enhances learning objectives by creative use of technology.
 -- Includes a network-based, interactive use of technology.
 -- Increases student motivation and is replicable in other school settings.
 Applications will be accepted beginning in January. Winners will be announced next May. Both public and private schools at the elementary or secondary levels are eligible for the grants.
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 /CONTACT: Dave Ellis, 313-223-7192, Dean Hovey, 313-223-7197, or Phil Jones, 313-223-7194, all of Michigan Bell/ CO: Michigan Bell; Ameritech ST: Michigan IN: TLS SU:


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