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GOV. ENGLER ANNOUNCES $500,000 GRANTTO SPUR TRAINING IN HIGH-TECH TEACHING TOOLS

 LANSING, Mich., April 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Gov. John Engler announced today a $500,000 grant to the Ming tools in the classroom.
 "This grant once again will put our state in a position to lead the nation in educational innovation and overall excellence," said Gov. Engler.
 The Governor's/Ameritech Grant for Teaching Excellence through Technology will go to the winning university's education school in increments of $250,000 over two years.
 The governor made his announcement at the opening of the Ameritech SuperSchool Exhibit in Lansing, where Ameritech and Michigan Bell are demonstrating for legislators, educators and other key leaders the innovative ways Michigan and other Great Lakes schools are using communications technology to improve the quality of education.
 Michigan Bell President Bob Hurst described the $500,000 education grant as "a breakthrough initiative designed to enhance educational opportunities for the people of Michigan."
 Hurst said SuperSchool also is meant to show leaders in education and government how technology can begin to revitalize education today.
 "Ameritech SuperSchool is not a commercial trade show or a display of futuristic possibilities," said Hurst. "It is education as it can be today. The nation's telecommunications network is a key to providing access to information that will benefit education -- starting today."
 Endorsed by the National School Boards Association's Institute for the Transfer of Technology to Education, Ameritech SuperSchool "is a hands-on demonstration that lets students and teachers explore how telecommunications tears down classroom walls and opens up new teaching and learning opportunities," said Dr. Ann Flynn, manager of ITTE's technology program.
 Ameritech teamed with some 40 technology and software vendors to create the SuperSchool Exhibit, first displayed last summer in Chicago. More than 100 students and teachers from Lansing-area elementary and senior high schools will be on-site during the four-day exhibit to demonstrate applications that can:
 -- link students from diverse backgrounds and geographic areas in one electronic classroom;
 -- give students access to libraries, museums and cultural centers around the world via educational databases;
 -- bring special-needs students statewide resources and reduce the need for travel;
 -- enable busy parents to be more involved with their children's education through services like Homework Hotlines, "video on demand" and parent-teacher meetings via audio-visual teleconferencing; and
 -- provide teachers with access to information resources from around the world.
 "Today's students are growing up in a world in which computers are as familiar to them as textbooks were to us," said Gov. Engler.
 "The information technology demonstrated at SuperSchool can free educators and students from many of the constraints they face today," the governor said. "Our hope is that the Governor's/Ameritech grant will encourage more widespread and effective use of these promising new tools."
 Chicago-based Ameritech, one of the world's leading information companies, is the parent of Michigan Bell and other Bell companies serving the Great Lakes region, as well as other information businesses. Ameritech also is a principal in several international businesses including Telecom Corporation of New Zealand Limited.
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 /CONTACT: Phil Jones of Michigan Bell, 313-223-7194; or John Truscott of Gov. Engler's office, 517-335-6397/
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