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SHERMAN -- A Texoma college just received a grant that will help fuse technology with learning.

Austin college has been awarded a $500,000 grant from a foundation to enhance courses through technology.

The school says the money will help integrate digital storytelling, blogs, podcasting, e-notebooks for many disciplines.

President Marjorie Hass describes many students already enrolling in Austin College as "digital natives."

"They know how to tweet and SnapChat, and they've been playing with their iPhones and iPads since they were children," she said. "But they don't necessarily come with the same level of sophistication in how to use those tools for effective communication."

New technology will also allow faculty and students to work in real-time with experts across the globe.

The grant will also provide funding for a full-time technology instructor to develop courses.