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$7M for schools – Funds boost tech for kids

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Schools Online, a nonprofit that aims to ensure Internet access for schools throughout the world, has raised more than $7 million to provide teachers with technology training and equipment for their classrooms.

The organization will use the funds to provide professional development programs for U.S. teachers and to deliver Internet access to schools worldwide.

Assistance for U.S. teachers will include 100 tech grants, an online mentoring Web site and a quarterly newsletter in which the organization’s network of 5,400 teachers can share ideas about technology in the classroom. 

International programs scheduled over the next five years will reach as many as three million students in some of the most underdeveloped areas of the world.

By June 2000, at least 300 schools in developing countries will benefit from equipment grants or teacher training programs.

Schools Online raised the $7 million from 200 corporate and individual donations – ranging from $25 to $1 million – at a variety of fundraising events.

Schools Online founder Kamran Elahian donated $3 million as part of a matching challenge grant, and he also provided a $1 million operating grant.

The group’s annual Cybergap Dinner raised thousands of dollars by auctioning off a variety of activities with technology authorities.

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