Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer on Feb. 11 announced a program to give equipment and software reportedly worth $50 million to teacher colleges, education departments, and regional training centers over the next three years. His announcement came at the company's Connected Learning Community Technology Summit in Seattle, Feb. 11-13.

Beginning in April, the program also will develop online learning communities in which teachers and other educators can share best practices, Ballmer said.

Undertaken in alliance with the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE), the program is aimed at


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