A new educational institute plans to research meaningful uses of emerging technologies--such as Internet2, handheld computers, and virtual reality--and share the results with school leaders.

The Institute for the Advancement of Emerging Technologies in Education (IAETE), which opened May 11 in West Virginia, aims to identify new technologies and work with their developers to see how these technologies can improve teaching, learning, and school management.

"Our entire focus is on new and emerging technologies," said Tammy McGraw, executive director of IAETE. "We are trying to take those [technologies] and find

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