Through the 2005-06 Connections program, the SMARTer Kids Foundation will equip eight to 10 sixth-grade classrooms with collaborative educational technology. While participating in Connections, students and teachers collaborate on projects and communicate with one another via eMail, online bulletin boards, and conferencing with the goal of encouraging mutual respect and understanding, regardless of geographical location. Participating teachers will be trained in July 2005 in Calgary, Alberta to use the technology so they can run collaborative projects between schools. The program ends in May 2006 with teachers and select students meeting for a fun-filled week in Calgary. All Connections schools receive a SMART Board 580 interactive whiteboard, floor stand, SMART Board software, SMART Ideas concept-mapping software, and an NEC VT-series projector. All travel costs are also paid for by the foundation.

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