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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - 08.13.12

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Kelly Caraher, CDW-G Public Relations
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Alana Carchedi, Discovery Education
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Three Schools Awarded New Technology in Win a Wireless Lab Sweepstakes

- 10th-Annual Sweepstakes from CDW-G and Discovery Education Receives a Record 726,000 Entries, Awards $200,000 in Prizes -

VERNON HILLS, Ill., and SILVER SPRING, Md. - August 13, 2012 - Teachers and students at three lucky schools will return from summer vacation with new technology labs that will equip students with the tools for developing 21st-century skill sets. Through the 2012 Win a Wireless Lab Sweepstakes, CDW-G and Discovery Education awarded nearly $200,000 in customized classroom technologies to schools nationwide. The sweepstakes is sponsored by 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.

Chevy Chase Elementary School (Chevy Chase, Md.), Ella Elementary School (Olivehurst, Calif.) and N.B. Clements Junior High School (Prince George, Va.) each were randomly selected to receive a state-of-the-art 21st-century classroom package that will help integrate technology into student learning. The package includes:

  • 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
  • "Classroom technology integration allows teachers to lecture less and involve students more," said Julie Smith, vice president for K-12 education, CDW-G. "By giving students the ability to use technology in the classroom, schools can make the learning process more interactive - and more familiar to students who often use technology frequently outside of school."

    More than 726,000 entries were received for this year`s sweepstakes, up from 647,000 entries in 2011. CDW-G and Discovery Education received entries from all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

    "Discovery Education is pleased to provide these educators and their students with the tools and resources they need to successfully transform their classrooms into 21st-century learning environments," said Mary Rollins, vice president, Discovery Education. "These new technology labs will ignite students` curiosity and transcend traditional classroom experiences in a digital world that promotes collaboration, creativity and participatory learning."

    The winning schools anticipate benefits for both students and teachers:

  • "The new wireless lab will enable us to work with students on project-based assignments, encouraging better engagement and motivation and sharpening their critical and creative thinking," said Renee Hammond, chorus/general music teacher, Chevy Chase Elementary School. "We want to empower students by giving them choices, helping explore their own creativity to become more confident, independent learners. The technology will link our students to interactive sites, worldwide experts, audio clips and images - powerful resources that deepen students` understanding of the world around them."
  • "The new lab will provide an opportunity to teach and build student knowledge, and at the same time, enhance students` understanding of technology at a deeper level," said Mailee Lor, fifth-grade teacher, Ella Elementary School. "With a click of a button, students will have resources at their fingertips to support their academics."
  • "In the past, it was difficult to get access to technology such as an interactive whiteboard," said Charlene Hebert, mathematics teacher, N.B. Clements Junior High School. "Now the technology will be readily available for all of our math teachers. We are very excited about this new opportunity to enhance the student learning experience through technology."
  • For a full list of prizes, please visit http://cdwg.discoveryeducation.com/wawl/prizes/. The full list of winners is available at http://cdwg.discoveryeducation.com.

    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 www.CDWG.com.

    About Discovery Education
    Discovery Education transforms classrooms, empowers teachers and captivates students by providing high quality, dynamic, digital content for grades K-12 and community colleges. Powered by Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the number one nonfiction media company in the world, Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital media, professional development, assessment tools and a passionate educator network to support districts in accelerating student achievement. Discovery Education services like Discovery Education streaming, Discovery Education Techbook and Discovery Education Higher Ed, are in more than half of all US schools and 35 countries around the world. Explore the future of education at www.discoveryeducation.com.

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