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OHIO BELL FOUNDATION GRANTS $13,395 TO KENT STATE UNIVERSITY FOR COMPUTER NETWORK FOR TEACHERS OF DEAF STUDENTS

 CLEVELAND, Jan. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- The Ohio Bell Foundation today announced a $13,395 grant to Kent State University's College of Education for partial support of a professional development computer network for teachers of deaf students.
 The network will enable teachers of deaf students to come together through computers to share professional experiences, ideas and to learn the latest techniques and theory.
 In addition to Kent, the main recipients of the network are nine deaf education programs in northeast and central Ohio: Akron Public School District; Beachwood Public School District; Canton Public School District; Cleveland Public School District; Lakewood Public School District; Trumbull/Champion Cooperative Public School District; Wickliffe Public School District; Youngstown Public School District, and the Ohio School for the Deaf in Columbus.
 The schools serve approximately 600 deaf students, 85 teachers and more than 100 university students.
 The network began operating last year with each school hooked up to each other and to Kent via a computer and modem. In addition to increasing teacher communication, Dr. Harold Johnson, director of Kent's Deaf Education Teachers Preparation Program, said the network will give Kent students in the program an opportunity to work closely with the teachers at these schools.
 "Ohio Bell's support of the computer network will enable Kent to break down geographical limitations and work to educate teachers of deaf students throughout northeast Ohio," Johnson said. "This will help us to use the latest technology to share ideas and professional experiences and to extend the newest teaching techniques to professionals who work with deaf students."
 William Boag, executive director of the Ohio Bell Foundation, said the grant is one sign of the company's commitment to improving the communities that it serves.
 "By supporting this network, Ohio Bell is showing how technology can be used to enhance education, enrich lives and improve our communities. We are pleased that we can support such a worthy cause and program."
 The Ohio Bell Foundation is a non-profit charitable organization supporting human services, cultural and civic efforts, economic development initiatives and educational programs.
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 /CONTACT: Keith Jameson of Ohio Bell Telephone, 216-822-4548; or Carla Migal of Kent State University, 216-672-2727/


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