$3.1 million from the Gates Learning Foundation

To advance the use of technology in the classroom, $3.1 million worth of equipment and training to 214 Washington state teachers through the Teacher Leadership Project. Grant recipients will use their awards to purchase laptops for themselves as well as computers for student use. Recipients will also get 11 days of training on how to use technology to assist students in reaching the Washington Essential Academic Learning Requirements. Separately, Microsoft will donate $500,000 worth of software to recipients to use in their classrooms. http://www.gatesfoundations.org

$1.8 million from the J.A. & Kathryn Albertson Foundation

To fund technical network training for school district technology personnel, $1.8 million to the Idaho Division of Vocational Education. School districts will be able to enroll at least one employee in week-long training for Microsoft NT or Novell NetWare Network Operating Systems. The goal of the program is to ensure that each district has an individual qualified to install, troubleshoot, and maintain their information technology networks. The training initiative is the first of four phases under the grant to meet the goals established by the Idaho Council for Technology in Learning. http://www.jkaf.org

$1.25 million through Safeway’s Register Tapes for Education Program

To fund computer equipment and other purchases, $1.25 million to schools in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. Donations are earned when students, parents, relatives, and friends collect Safeway register tapes and give them to participating schools, which then receive credit toward computers, audiovisual equipment, and other materials. In the seven years that Safeway has offered the program, area schools have earned $9.7 million in educational equipment. http://www.safeway.com

$34,000 from the Peter J. Stulgis Memorial Fund

To honor innovative programs using technology in the classroom, $34,000 to seven schools and districts in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Grant recipients demonstrated unique and creative ways to integrate technology into secondary education classroom or teaching environments. In its second year of grant-giving, the Stulgis Memorial Fund, part of the Unitil Charitable Foundation, was established to provide charitable contributions and awards promoting the development and implementation of advanced electronic and computer technology applications in secondary schools. The fund honors the late Peter J. Stulgis, the former chairman and CEO of Unitil Corp. http://www.unitil.com

$25,000 from Cooper Industries

To encourage vocational-technical education, $25,000 to Union County Public Schools in North Carolina through the ProjectPACE program. Cooper Industries created ProjectPACE 10 years ago to promote vocational and technical education and to stimulate partnerships between schools and local Cooper facilities. Union County Public Schools was selected for placing high achieving Tech Prep students in paid internships during their spring break and for their production of a video highlighting local manufacturing careers. Other grant recipients were Waukesha County Technical College in Wisconsin, $15,000, and the Arnold R. Burton Technology Center in Salem, Va., $10,000. http://www.cooperindustries.com