Bismarck, December 19, 2006 - From interactive white boards to wireless response devices, students in the classrooms of 10 North Dakota teachers will benefit from $25,000 in Qwest Foundation grants. The awards were announced today by Qwest and the North Dakota Educational Technology Council.

The purpose of the Qwest Foundation grants is to provide funding for innovative educational programs or projects, and to recognize North Dakota K through grade 12 public school teachers who use technology in the classroom in new and innovative ways to improve student performance. A key goal of the program is to share information about how the technology benefits students so that others can do the same.

"All of this year's winners are impressive educators who have shown creative ways to use technology to help students learn," said Scott Macintosh, Qwest state president for North Dakota. "These grants provide a unique opportunity for Qwest to make a difference in the lives of North Dakota students and help teachers do their important work."

"These grants from the Qwest Foundation will enable 10 North Dakota teachers to implement their own plans to use new technology resources in their classrooms," said Dan Pullen, North Dakota Educational Technology Council director. "The best part is that their students will be the real beneficiaries - using these new tools to prepare for their future."

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