Oregon educators hope a free suite of web-based software applications will help students become digitally literate while saving money for their struggling school districts, reports the Associated Press. The Oregon Department of Education began offering Google Apps for Education to public school districts on April 28, and officials predict a statewide savings of $1.5 million yearly for eMail, as well as additional savings for software and hardware upgrades that won't be needed anymore. The ad-free service is being used by some individual districts around the country, but Oregon is the first to provide it statewide. The service includes...

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