Georgia public schools team up with AOL

Georgia public schools team up with AOL

Georgia public school students, teachers and administrators soon will extend their use of the Web by joining AOL@School, an educational program from America Online Inc.

The free service offers six age-appropriate portals featuring education content, e-mail, instant messaging and research tools. The corporate-school relationship is a powerful marketing tool for the multibillion-dollar media conglomerate, which also markets movies, TV shows, books, magazines and other forms of information and entertainment.

Schools in Florida, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia already use the service.

'Georgia's children need technology skills to survive in the 21st century workforce,' said Georgia Gov. Roy Barnes in a statement. 'With the tools provided by AOL@School, they will have the benefits of the Internet at their fingertips.'

The service also will provide a specially configured search engine to return prescreened links and a news search feature that will allow students to search current and archived news stories.

Special content tailored for Georgia will include a state focus page where students can read about local history, geography and get other community information. It also gives teachers and administrators information on state testing programs, content standards and teaching resources.

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