CDW Government, Inc. (CDW-G) and Discovery Education have announced the opening of the seventh annual "Win a Wireless Lab" sweepstakes. The program gives K-12 schools nationwide the opportunity to win a 21st-century classroom, complete with tablet or notebook computers, wireless cart, interactive whiteboard, student response system, projector, printer, and document camera. CDW-G and Discovery Education also provide on-site training to all Win a Wireless Lab grand-prize winners. The 2009 program will award five grand-prize winners.
To date, CDW-G and Discovery Education have awarded wireless computer labs to 18 schools, helping to increase teachers’ and students’ access to state-of-the-art educational technology. Nearly 70 percent of past grand-prize winners noted that teachers have developed new projects and lessons that incorporate tablet computers and other technologies into their classrooms, according to a recent survey conducted by CDW-G. Previous winners also highlighted the important role of teacher professional development in integrating technology effectively into the classroom.
In addition to the technology hardware included in the 21st-century classroom, Discovery Education will award a $5,000 digital media grant to the five grand-prize winning schools to help them more fully utilize the technology and engage students in learning.
The sweepstakes opened January 2, 2009 and entries will be accepted until May 1, 2009. CDW-G and Discovery Education encourage public and private school teachers, administrators and school and district technology specialists to enter by filling out an online form at http://www.discoveryeducation.com/cdwg. For each prize drawing, winners will be randomly selected from all eligible entries received.
Each of the five grand-prize winners will receive a 21st-century classroom valued at approximately $45,000, including:
Ø Discovery Education digital media grant
Ø 20 notebook or tablet computers from HP, Lenovo or Toshiba
Ø 3 wireless access points from D-Link, Linksys or NETGEAR
Ø 1 Bretford mobile cart
Ø 1 interactive whiteboard from Promethean or PolyVision
Ø 20 Student Response Devices from Promethean or PolyVision
Ø 1 video projector from Epson or NEC Solutions
Ø 1 document camera from AVerMedia
Ø 1 laser printer from Epson or HP
Ø 1 video camcorder from Sony
In addition to the five grand-prize winners, CDW-G and Discovery Education will award:
Ø Ten first prizes of a video projector from Epson or NEC Solutions
Ø Ten second prizes of a notebook computer from Acer or Sony
Ø Five third prizes of a digital camcorder from Canon
Winners will be announced in July 2009. A complete list of rules is available online at http://www.discoveryeducation.com/cdwg.
Source: CDW-G, http://cdwg.com; Discovery Education, www.discoveryeducation.com