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

 OHIO BELL ANNOUNCES $150,000 COMPETITION
 TO BRING INFORMATION-AGE BENEFITS TO OHIO SCHOOLS
 CLEVELAND, Oct. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- The Information Age soon may be enrolled at a school near you.
 Ohio Bell today unveiled a $150,000 award competition that will encourage Ohio 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 five states served by Ameritech Bell companies.
 "Our fundamental interest is to demonstrate how communications can impact education," said Edward F. Bell, president of Ohio Bell.
 "Many schools have the know-how and creativity, but lack the funding. 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," he explained.
 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 the territories served by Ohio 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 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: Frank Spring of Ohio Bell, 216-822-4665/ CO: Ohio Bell ST: Ohio IN: TLS SU:


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