Gates Foundation commits $12.9M to college tech

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Posted: Dec 03, 2009 8:05 PM

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation wants to help community colleges use technology to improve and go beyond basic online classes.

The $12.9 million in grants the foundation announced Thursday will support a variety of programs _ from using social media to creating virtual learning labs.

The leader of the foundation's college program says they're targeting the best new ideas for improving learning opportunities for low-income young adults. The grants will focus on science and math and affect colleges across the nation.

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In addition to making online and digital classes better, the foundation wants to help create new networking tools and education games to make learning interactive, enjoyable and relevant.

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