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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - 01.05.12

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Kelly Caraher, CDW-G Public Relations
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Christina Scripps, Discovery Education
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CDW-G and Discovery Education Launch 10th-Annual K-12 Sweepstakes Awarding $200,000 in Technology Prizes

– Campaign Brings Innovative Technology into the Classroom with One-of-A-Kind "Win a Wireless Lab"–

VERNON HILLS, Ill., and SILVER SPRING, Md. – January 5, 2012 Schools with a New Year’s resolution to increase the technology in their classrooms can turn to the 2012 Win a Wireless Lab Sweepstakes to meet their goal. Today, CDW Government LLC (CDW-G), a leading provider of technology solutions to education, government and healthcare customers, and Discovery Education, the leading provider of curriculum-based digital content services and professional development resources to more than half of all U.S. schools, announce the launch of the 10th-annual sweepstakes program.

The 2012 Win a Wireless Lab Sweepstakes will award three grand prize 21st-century classroom technology packages, which include 20 tablet or notebook computers, an interactive whiteboard, student response system, printer, document camera and $5,000 Discovery Education digital media grant. CDW-G and Discovery Education will also provide on-site training at each winning school.

“During the last nine years of the sweepstakes, we have seen firsthand that this technology can be transformational for the winning schools,” said Julie Smith, vice president for K-12 education, CDW-G. “With Win a Wireless Lab, K-12 schools have the opportunity to enhance learning and provide students and teachers with technology that they might not otherwise have.” Since 2002, Win a Wireless Lab has provided $1.5 million in classroom technology, including complete mobile classrooms installed in 29 schools across 21 states.

Public and private school employees are eligible to enter the sweepstakes once a day at http://www.discoveryeducation.com/cdwg from January 3 to May 3.

CDW-G and Discovery Education also offer educators the opportunity to increase their daily entries via Twitter. Through the Win a Wireless Lab website, entrants can submit 30-second videos and written essays that describe how their school is encouraging people to enter the sweepstakes and how they will use the technology. CDW-G and Discovery Education will post selected videos to the Win a Wireless Lab Facebook page, and entrants will be included in a special drawing for additional prizes.

“Discovery Education is thrilled to be celebrating the 10th year of the CDW-G partnership of providing schools and teachers the necessary tools and resources to successfully transition their classroom and instruction into the 21st-century,” said Mary Rollins, vice president of education partnerships, Discovery Education. “These tools have and will continue to help create engaging classroom environments that move instruction beyond the limitations of a static textbook and into a dynamic, digital world that promotes collaboration, creativity and participatory learning.”

Each of the three grand-prize winners will receive a 21st-century classroom technology package valued at more than $45,000, including:

  • Discovery Education $5,000 digital media grant
  • 20 notebook or tablet computers from HP, Lenovo or Toshiba
  • 3 wireless access points from Cisco
  • 1 mobile cart from Ergotron
  • 1 interactive whiteboard from PolyVision
  • 24 student response devices from Qwizdom
  • 1 document camera from Aver
  • 1 multifunction printer from HP
  • CDW-G and Discovery Education will announce the grand prize winners in summer 2012. A complete list of rules is available online at http://www.discoveryeducation.com/cdwg. Educators are encouraged to participate in the Win a Wireless Lab community online at http://twitter.com/WinWirelessLab and on the sweepstake’s Facebook page.

    About CDW-G
    A wholly owned subsidiary of CDW LLC, ranked No. 32 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 solutions architects 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.

    For more information about CDW-G product offerings, procurement options, service and solutions, call 1.800.808.4239, email cdwgsales@cdwg.com or visit the CDW-G Web site at CDWG.com.

    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.

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