Mississippi picks online training for educators

Mississippi's Education Department has selected Classroom Connect's Connected University as its online professional development program for educators.

The program will enable the state's teachers and educational staff to improve their classroom Internet skills through a variety of online courses.

About 45 elementary schools in the state will receive the Foster City, Calif.-based company's (www.classroom.com) Connected University program as part of the Mississippi Technology Literacy Subgrants. Those grants help to integrate technology in the classroom.

Classroom Connect offers an online curriculum that helps educate teachers on how to use the Internet in their classroom and links them to educational resources on the World Wide Web.

"Our goal is to ensure that we provide teachers with the latest tools to help keep them up to speed with cutting-edge technology initiatives and Internet advances," said Betty Lou Pigg, technology professional development coordinator at Mississippi's Education Department.

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