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The AOL Foundation has announced its call for applications for the year 2000. Through the Interactive Education Initiative (IEI), grants will be provided to teams of educators to develop and implement unique, hands-on projects that improve student performance through the integration of innovative technology into the learning environment. Project teams can apply for grants of up to $7,500 to support highly creative ideas for using the Internet in the classroom. In addition to cash grants, recipients will be eligible to receive in-kind assistance and online support. Applications and information can be obtained by calling (703) 265-1342 or visiting

A new program developed with collaboration from Sylvan Prometric, Regents College, Microsoft Corp. and CompTIA will make it possible for IT professionals to receive college credit for Microsoft and CompTIA certifications. Based on the existing Regents College Bachelor of Science degrees in Computer Information Systems, the new program will be launched on January 1. Regents College and testing experts will evaluate all Microsoft and CompTIA examinations for college-credit equivalency, thus giving IT professionals the opportunity to leverage their certifications into a college degree. For additional information, visit

A contribution from will give students participating in Sylvan Learning Foundation's Book Adventure an added bonus. Book Adventure is a free online reading incentive program with made-for-kids technology designed to keep students engaged and motivated to read. At, children in grades K-8 create personalized book lists from over 4,000 recommended titles, take quizzes on the books they've read off-line and earn prizes. At Book Adventure's Prize Vault, will provide $5 gift certificates redeemable for online merchandise. Visit or for more information.

A new education program from Microsoft Corp. will help academic institutions nationwide launch on-site community technology training programs to prepare faculty to teach technology courses. During the 1999-2000 school year, Microsoft will aid over 100 institutions who participate in the Academic Professional Development Center program. This program will enable faculty and staff to gain the skills and certification necessary to teach Microsoft Authorized Academic Training Provider program courses to students, as well as provide training and certification for IT staff at colleges and universities. Information is available by calling (800) 508-8454 or by visiting

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Publication:T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)
Date:Dec 1, 1999
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