High-tech classroom programs announced

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PONTOTOC, Miss. (AP) — Eight school districts in north Mississippi will be outfitted with high-tech classrooms.

The school districts are located in Union, Lee and Pontotoc counties.

The announcement came Wednesday in a joint release from eInstruction, an education technology company, and the Appalachian Regional Commission. The company is donating 12 classroom technology packages and the ARC is providing money for another 12.

The packages include a mobile interactive whiteboard for the teacher, fixed touch screen interactive whiteboard, student response devices (clickers) and examination software to help prepare students for state testing.

The University of Mississippi's Center for Educational Research and Evaluation will assist in the evaluation of the technology pilot project along with the North Mississippi Education Consortium, which will provide services to teachers who will incorporate this technology in their classrooms.

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