The City of Madison School District in Alabama is about to say goodbye to chalk dust forever. Trading its blackboards for large-screen display monitors, the district soon will introduce Gateway multimedia computers to each of its 323 classrooms. The computer system, called Gateway Destination, has a large, 27-inch display monitor which can be used as a "virtual blackboard" in the classrooms.

"What we're after here is something like what the chalkboard or overhead projector is to the classroom of today," said Kathy Rains, the district's technology coordinator.

The school district will be the first in Alabama and just the third in the


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