Ten Michigan colleges have formed a consortium to award certificates to graduating teachers who have demonstrated an advanced ability to use computer technology in their classroom instruction.

The Consortium for Outstanding Achievement in Teaching with Technology "will establish the highest standards in the nation for training new teachers to use technology in the classroom," said U.S. Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich.

A 1997 survey indicated that more than a third of Michigan teachers have no computer skills or are just beginners, while only 15 percent have advanced skills.

"It's going to help (student teachers) who can attain the


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