Fond du Lac Band of Minnesota Chippewa

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The Fond du Lac Tribal School, Duluth Central High School and Duluth's Chester Park Lab School are participating in a $1.4 million University of Minnesota-Duluth program to help area schools learn to better use computers in classrooms. UMD is one of 122 colleges and universities that received a total of $43 million in technology training grants from the U.S. Department of Education. The money would help professors and graduate students develop better training programs for elementary and secondary school teachers. "Training has to go hand-in-hand with technology. Computers don't do kids much good if teachers don't know how to use them,'' education professor Joan Karp said. During the next three years, UMD will study how instructors are teaching subjects such as math, social studies and science at three area schools that volunteered to participate in the project. They will show teachers how to modify lesson plans and use technology such as the Internet and spreadsheets to improve their teaching. "Computer literacy is about more than just learning to use a mouse,'' said Shari Rud, lab school principal.