With Microsoft’s support, the Illinois State Board of Education announced to provide more than 640,000 high-school students with an opportunity to use professional-level software tools to develop work-force skills and prepare for post-secondary education by participating in “bliink” Web design contest, whose theme “I Imagine a Green Future” focuses on environmental sustainability. Students’ll compete against each other for cash and prizes by developing a Web site using Microsoft Expression Web software, which’ll be donated to every high school in Illinois as part of the Microsoft Developer Network Academic Alliance (MSDNAA) program. Tutorials and curriculum units, created by a team of classroom teachers, and mapped to national standards, will also be provided at no charge. Microsoft’s software donation has been valued at over $4 million.
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