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palmOne Launches Website to Help Educators Meet Technology Goals Essential to Success of No Child Left Behind Act

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Press Release Source: palmOne, Inc.


MILPITAS, Calif. palmOne, Inc. today unveiled a new website <
http://www.palmone.com/us/education/resourcelibrary/nclb

dedicated to helping educators build a case for the adoption of handheld computers when applying for funding through the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA).

Rod Paige, secretary of the U.S. Department of Education,[sic] said, "The effective use of technology is a must if we are going to achieve a system that leaves no child behind." The website gives educators a starting point with a guide to local sources for grants to fund technology purchases. Organized by state, sources include Community Foundations, local libraries that host Foundation Center Collections, and Regional Associations of Grantmakers. In addition, the website gives educators specific information on connecting handheld computers and solutions to the entitlements of NCLB and the specific curriculum and administrative goals of educators.

"Handhelds are a productive, affordable and effective way for schools to integrate technology and learning, and therefore appeal to schools interested in implementing one-to-one computing initiatives," said Martha Rolley, Ed.D, director of education and government markets at palmOne. "Research on one-to- one handheld computing in classrooms shows increased student motivation, collaboration and communication, self-esteem, self-directedness and time on task; opportunity for self-paced learning, organization and productivity; access to technology; and improved homework completion rates. These skills are essential in improving student outcomes. Along with the right curriculum and administrative solutions, the use of handheld computers can soundly support the basic principles of NCLB."

NCLB, signed into law in 2002 by President George Bush, contains the most sweeping changes to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act since it was enacted in 1965. The federal government now requires kindergarten through grade 12 American schools to describe their success in terms of what each student accomplishes. The act speaks to the president's four basic education reform principles: stronger accountability for results, increased flexibility/local control, an emphasis on teaching methods that have been proven to work, and new options for parents.

NCLB has more than 50 programs grouped into ten titles. Many of them offer opportunities to fund technology. For example, "Title I: Improving Academic Achievement of the Disadvantaged" allows for funds to be used for more than hiring teachers and paraprofessionals. Schools also may purchase hardware, software and professional development to address educational goals.

The website features a downloadable matrix that aligns opportunities and educational goals with key NCLB and IDEA entitlements, and then matches the goals to related curriculum and administrative solutions for palmOne(TM) handhelds. The detailed matrix covers administration, home and careers, science, assessment and accountability, health and social studies, English and language arts, management and support, people with special needs, English as a second language, mathematics, physical education, foreign language, music and art.

"This new website is the place where educators can go to get the information they need to implement their handheld technology plans and align them to current government mandates for education," said Rolley.

The full text of NCLB entitlements and the full text of IDEA also are available on the site. For more information on palmOne handhelds in education, visit www.palmone.com/education.

About palmOne, Inc.

palmOne, Inc. -- a leader in mobile computing -- strives to put the power of computing in people's hands so they can access and share their most important information. The company's products include Treo(TM) smartphones, the LifeDrive(TM) mobile manager, Tungsten(TM) and Zire(TM) handhelds, and software and accessories.

palmOne products are sold through select Internet, retail, reseller and wireless operator channels throughout the world, and at palmOne Retail Stores and palmOne online stores (http://www.palmOne.com/stores).

More information about palmOne, Inc. is available at http://www.palmOne.com.

palmOne, Zire, Tungsten, LifeDrive and Treo are among the trademarks or registered trademarks owned by or licensed to palmOne, Inc. All other brand and product names are or may be trademarks of, and are used to identify products or services of, their respective owners.

— Press Release
PRNewswire
2005-06-28
http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/050628/sftu006.html?.v=12


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