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Schools Win Wireless Technology In Sweepstakes

Five schools will get free wireless labs thanks to a sweepstakes held by CDW Government and Discovery Education that had a record-setting pool of 170,500 participants.

Students in five areas will go back to schools with free new wireless labs, thanks to a sweepstakes held by CDW Government Inc. and Discovery Education.

The companies announced winners of the $50,000 labs this week. Winners were chosen by a random drawing from a record-setting pool of 170,500 participants. Mary Rollins, director of Discovery Education, said the number of entries this year surpassed those in 2006 by 24,500.

The Win A Wireless Lab 2007 sweepstakes, in its fifth year, awarded about $300,000 worth of prizes in to 45 educators from 22 states. CDW-G and Discovery Education will install the labs and provide training this fall.

Fourth-grade students at Canutillo Elementary School in Canutillo, Texas, plan to use the computers to publish their newspaper, among other things. Bonnie Gambler, a first grade teacher whose class at Central Manor Elementary School in Pennsylvania will receive a lab, said that she will use the tablets daily.

"When these children are young adults, computers, digital cameras and interactive whiteboards will be as common as books and pencils are to us now," she said.

In addition to Central Manor and Canutillo Elementary, this year's winners are Ballard High School in Seattle, John Simatovich Elementary School in Valparaiso, Ind., and Spalding Public School in Spalding, Neb.

Each of the five winning schools receive a mobile wireless lab with 20 HP, Lenovo, or Toshiba notebooks, three D-Link or NetGear wireless access points, one Bretford mobile cart, Computrace security software, one Epson, Mitsubishi or NEC Solutions video projector, one Epson, HP or Lexmark laser jet printer, an APC power supply, and one networked collection of Discovery School CD-ROMs.

Bob Kirby, CDW-G senior director for K-12, said that the award packages will help teachers "prepare students for an increasingly technology-centric world."

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