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technology policy and practice.&nbsp; For more information, please visit <a href="http://setda.us1.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=1f18c643d052d9f509a7060f4&amp;id=e0eebc8390&amp;e=5e425640e4">www.setda.org</a></span><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Trebuchet MS","sans-serif";color:#0F243E'><o:p></o:p></span></p><div style='mso-element:para-border-div;border:none;border-bottom:solid windowtext 1.0pt;padding:0in 0in 0in 0in'><p class=MsoNormal style='border:none;padding:0in'><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Trebuchet MS","sans-serif";color:#0F243E'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p></div><p class=MsoNormal><b><span style='font-size:8.0pt;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif";color:#5F497A'>ETNews</span></b><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Trebuchet MS","sans-serif";color:#0F243E'> </span><span style='font-size:8.0pt;font-family:"Trebuchet MS","sans-serif";color:#0F243E'>is a service of the</span><span style='font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Trebuchet MS","sans-serif";color:#0F243E'> </span><b><span style='font-size:8.0pt;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif";color:#5F497A'>Office of Educational Technology</span></b><b><span style='font-size:8.0pt;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif";color:#632423'>&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></span></b></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:8.0pt;font-family:"Trebuchet MS","sans-serif";color:#404040'>NH Department of Education&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 101 Pleasant Street&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Concord, NH&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 03301<o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><i><span style='font-size:8.0pt;font-family:"Trebuchet MS","sans-serif";color:#404040'>For more information, contact <o:p></o:p></span></i></p><p class=MsoNormal><b><span style='font-size:8.0pt;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif";color:#5F497A'>Stan Freeda<o:p></o:p></span></b></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:8.0pt;font-family:"Trebuchet MS","sans-serif";color:#404040'>603.271.5132&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span><span style='font-size:8.0pt;font-family:"Trebuchet MS","sans-serif";color:navy'><a href="mailto:sfreeda@ed.state.nh.us"><span style='color:blue'>Stanley.Freeda@doe.nh.gov</span></a>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.education.nh.gov/instruction/ed_tech/index.htm"><span style='color:blue'>www.education.nh.gov/instruction/ed_tech/</span></a>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.opennh.org/"><span style='color:blue'>www.opennh.org</span></a>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <a href="http://www.nheon.org/"><span style='color:blue'>www.nheon.org</span></a>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:8.0pt;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif";color:#4F6228'><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><span style='font-size:8.0pt;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif";color:#5F497A'>&#8220;The need to know the capital of Florida died when my phone learned the answer.&#8221; <i>~ Anthony Chivetta, high school student in Missouri</i></span><span style='font-size:8.0pt;font-family:"Times New Roman","serif";color:#5F497A'><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><i><span style='font-size:8.0pt;font-family:"Verdana","sans-serif";color:#E36C0A'>The contents of this message are confidential. Any unauthorized disclosure, reproduction, use or dissemination (either whole or in part) is prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient of this message, please notify the sender immediately and delete the message and any attachments from your system. </span></i><span style='font-size:8.0pt;color:#E36C0A'><o:p></o:p></span></p><p class=MsoNormal><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p></div></body></html>