CDW-G and Discovery Education Provide Top-Notch Technology to K-12 Schools
Third Annual Win a Wireless Lab Sweepstakes Donates $120,000 Worth of Wireless Technology
Special to FETC, Orlando, FL, - January 27, 2005 - CDW Government, Inc. (CDW-G) - a wholly owned subsidiary of CDW Corporation (NASDAQ: CDWC) and leading source of information technology solutions to governments and educators - and Discovery Education - the leader in digital video and multimedia learning - today announced their third annual "Win a Wireless Lab" sweepstakes. Dedicated to improving the use of technology within the educational community, the two companies established the sweepstakes in 2003 to provide K-12 schools within the United States the opportunity to win a complete technology package for its classrooms.
"We are excited to partner with Discovery Education again this year in an even more robust program aimed at improving a school's ability to teach, and student's ability to learn, through technology," said David Hutchins, CDW-G director of education sales. "Due to the overwhelming response the sweepstakes received last year, more technology vendors are working in cooperation with CDW-G and Discovery Education, increasing the number of solutions offered in the sweepstakes. This year the "Win a Wireless Lab" sweepstakes will award three grand prize wireless labs, as well as 10 first runners-up, 10 second runners-up and 10 third runners-up - for a total of 33 winners. CDW-G is proud to provide this level of support to the education community."
The sweepstakes runs from January 15, 2005 to May 1, 2005. Teachers, administrators, and school and district technology specialists are encouraged to enter by visiting http://www.discoveryschool.com/cdwg.
The three wireless computer lab grand prizes include: 20 IBM notebooks with three Cisco access points, 20 Toshiba tablets with three Netgear access points and 20 Sony notebooks with three Proxim access points. Each wireless lab also includes a Bretford mobile notebook cart that enables the notebooks to be easily transported from one classroom to another. In addition, an HP laser printer, an InFocus projector and an APC back-up unit are part of each grand prize package. Total value for each grand prize package exceeds $40,000.
On-site setup and training from CDW-G and Discovery Education are provided to all three Win a Wireless Lab sweepstakes winners. Additional prizes include 10 Brother Multifunction printers valued at $9,000 to first runners-up and 10 OKI Color Laser printers valued at $3,250 to second runners-up.
"We received more than 59,000 entries last year and hope to receive even more this year," said Paul Thomas, vice president of Discovery Education. "The Win a Wireless Lab sweepstakes stretches across the nation and allows schools the opportunity to win technology that might otherwise be beyond their budgets. We are pleased to partner with CDW-G on a project that has become so successful. Our companies look forward to helping schools use technology to enhance the classroom learning environment for years to come."
In addition to the sweepstakes, CDW-G and Discovery Education will mail a sweepstakes poster to school and district technology directors in February 2005. Last fall, curriculum kits on mobile and wireless technology were sent to middle school and district technology directors. The kits included a Discovery Education three-part curriculum lesson on wireless and mobility, CDW-G Teacher's Resource Guide with ideas for science fairs, virtual field trips, school field trip kits, milestones in mobile and wireless communications and three lesson plans. PDF versions of the poster and Teacher's Resource Guide can be downloaded from http://www.discoveryschool.com/cdwg.
A wholly owned subsidiary of CDW Corporation (NASDAQ: CDWC) ranked No. 376 on the FORTUNE 500, CDW Government (CDW-G) is a leading provider of technology products and services for government and education. CDW-G is a principal source of technology from top name brands such as Adobe, APC, Cisco, HP, IBM, Microsoft, Sony, Symantec, Toshiba and ViewSonic.
CDW was founded in 1984 and today employs approximately 3,800 coworkers. In 2004, the company generated sales of $5.7 billion. CDW's direct model offers one-on-one relationships with knowledgeable account managers; purchasing by telephone, fax, the company's award-winning CDW.com web site, customized CDW@work™ extranets, CDWG.com web site and macwarehouse.com web site; custom configured solutions and same day shipping; and pre- and post-sales technical support, with approximately 120 factory-trained and A+ certified technicians on staff. For more information about CDW-G product offerings, procurement options, service and solutions, call 1-800-863-4239, or visit the CDW-G Web site at CDWG.com.
About Discovery Education
Discovery Education is a business unit of Discovery Communications, Inc., the leading global real-world media and entertainment company. It produces and distributes high-quality digital video content in easy to use formats, in all core-curricular subject areas. Discovery Education is committed to creating scientifically proven, standards-based video resources for teachers, students, and parents that make a positive impact on student learning. Through strategic partnerships with over 25 public television stations across the country, its public service initiatives, products, and joint business ventures, Discovery Education helps educators around the world engage students in the joy of learning by allowing them to explore the world and satisfy their natural curiosity. For more information, visit www.discoveryed.com.