FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - 01.10.11
Ryan Kurtz, CDW-G Public Relations
Stephen Wakefield, Discovery Education
New Year Gives Educators New Opportunities to “Win a Wireless Lab” from CDW-G and Discovery Education
-Companies Launch Annual Sweepstakes with Three Grand Prize Classrooms Valued at Approximately $50,000 and Additional Entry Opportunities and Prizes via Twitter-
VERNON HILLS, Ill., and SILVER SPRING, Md. - January 10, 2011 - CDW Government LLC (CDW-G), a leading provider of technology solutions to government, education and healthcare customers, and Discovery Education, the leading provider of curriculum-based digital content services and professional development resources to U.S. classrooms, today announced the opening of the ninth annual Win a Wireless Lab sweepstakes. The program`s grand prizes give K-12 schools the opportunity to win one of three mobile 21st-century classrooms. Each classroom includes 20 tablet or notebook computers, an interactive whiteboard, student response system, projector, printer, document camera and $5,000 Discovery Education digital media grant. CDW-G and Discovery Education will also provide on-site training to all Win a Wireless Lab grand-prize winners.
In the nine years of this partnership, CDW-G and Discovery Education have awarded more than $2 million in educational technology to schools nationwide, empowering thousands of teachers to help students further develop 21st-century skills.
After entering at http://www.discoveryeducation.com/cdwg, educators can secure additional entries for a chance at monthly prizes by using Twitter to spread the news about the program. The 2010 contest generated over 7,000 unique Twitter entries. CDW-G and Discovery Education also plan to announce prize winners through the contest`s Twitter (@WinWirelessLab) and Facebook accounts.
"The Win a Wireless Lab sweepstakes has awarded new wireless labs in 26 schools nationwide, and provided valuable technology to nearly 200 others. We have seen firsthand the fun and engaging lessons that teachers can create when given the right tools," said Bob Kirby, vice president for K-12 education, CDW-G. "By combining the technology with teachers` experience and students` excitement, we have a model that can be easily replicated across the winning schools."
Win a Wireless Lab 2011 opened on January 3 and runs through May 6. Public and private school teachers, administrators, school technology specialists and district employees are eligible to enter once a day during the contest period:
"Educators today are challenged to create digital learning environments that mirror how students interact with the world outside the classroom," said Mary Rollins, vice president of education partnerships, Discovery Education. "The Win a Wireless Lab sweepstakes gives schools the chance to win the hardware, content and training that empower educators to meet today`s 21st century students in the digital world in which they live and learn."
Each of the three grand-prize winners will receive a 21st-century classroom valued at approximately $50,000, including:
Win a Wireless Lab sweepstakes entrants are also eligible to win one of three digital signage solutions, which include technology from Ergotron, LG, NEC, Peerless and Samsung. The solution includes installation of three flat screen monitors and a media player to enable schools to provide staff training, deliver community news or disseminate central information easily. CDW-G and Discovery Education will also award:
CDW-G and Discovery Education will announce the winners in summer 2011. A complete list of rules is available online at http://www.discoveryeducation.com/cdwg. In addition, educators can participate in the Win a Wireless Lab community online at http://twitter.com/WinWirelessLab and on the contest`s Facebook page.
A wholly owned subsidiary of CDW LLC, ranked No. 38 on Forbes` list of America`s Largest Private Companies, CDW Government LLC (CDW-G) is a leading provider of technology solutions to government, education and healthcare customers. The company features dedicated account managers who help customers choose the right technology products and services to meet their needs. The company`s technology specialists and engineers offer expertise in designing customized solutions, while its advanced technology engineers assist customers with the implementation and long-term management of those solutions. Areas of focus include notebooks, desktops, printers, servers and storage, unified communications, security, wireless, power and cooling, networking, software licensing and mobility solutions.
About Discovery Education
Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) revolutionized television with Discovery Channel and is now transforming classrooms through Discovery Education. Powered by the number one nonfiction media company in the world, Discovery Education combines scientifically proven, standards-based digital media and a dynamic user community in order to empower teachers to improve student achievement. Already, more than half of all U.S. schools access Discovery Education digital services. Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com .