Microsoft Corp. has unveiled a new worldwide program to train teachers and students in technology and to help integrate technology into the curriculum and learning. The initiative will provide at least $250 million in cash grants, as well as discounts on Microsoft software.

The program, called Partners in Learning, will establish local Microsoft IT Academy Centers that will provide student skills certification, teacher development, curriculum and assessment tools, school-based technology support, and research.

The Partners in Learning program also offers participating schools steep discounts on buying Microsoft software. Specifically,

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