Across Pennsylvania, the way teachers teach and students learn is undergoing a massive upgrade for the digital age, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Much of the change comes courtesy of Classrooms for the Future, a three-year grant initiative designed to equip the state’s high schools with laptops and other technology. So far, $126.7 million in state grants and a small number of federal grants have been awarded to 303 of the state’s 501 school districts. "As time has evolved, so have the ways we educate our students," said Leah Harris, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Education. "We step away from the blackboard and evolve with the technology that is evolving around us." Funding is targeted for classrooms in the four core study areas: English, math, science, and social studies. The grants have been used to purchase laptops, printers, scanners, web cams, interactive whiteboards, digital still cameras, and video cameras. The goal is for every Pennsylvania public high school to be part of the initiative by 2009. This year, Gov. Rendell is asking for an additional $101 million to finance the third year of the initiative. If the legislature approves this funding, additional grant awards will be announced in July or August…

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