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Missouri Virtual School Receives Grant for New Technology

The Missouri Virtual School in Springfield will have the chance to try new technology thanks to a grant received today.

KSMU's Christy Hendricks explains what new technology the school will explore.

Selected middle school students in Southwest Missouri will try out new technology through the Missouri Virtual School in Springfield this summer.

The Missouri Virtual School received an 18-thousand-dollar grant today from AT&T which will pay for teleconferencing equipment.

The Missouri Virtual Schools serves nearly 700 students across Missouri through distance learning programs.

Larry Banks is Dean Emeritus of the College of Natural and Applied Sciences at Missouri State University and co-founder of the virtual school.

He says current equipment in schools costs two to three thousand dollars per school.

Banks says the grant will help explore new technology geared toward individual students.

Larry Banks says selected middle school students will be chosen from ten Southwest Missouri schools to be taught math over the summer.

Kevin Vossen is the Director of External Affairs for AT&T in Springfield.

He says the Missouri Virtual School helps integrate technology and education.

The Missouri Virtual School receives funding from Missouri State University, school districts across the state, and grants.

For more information about the Missouri Virtual School call 836-3200.