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Toshiba Supports the TeacherLaptop Foundation With Funding Support and Resources for Today's K-12 Educators

Submitted by: Toshiba

Categories: Philanthropy & Corporate Contributions

Posted: Mar 21, 2002 – 11:00 PM EST


Toshiba Supports the TeacherLaptop Foundation With Funding Support and Resources for Today's K-12 Educators

Mar. 21 /CSRwire/ - Strengthening its commitment to the integration of technology in the classroom, Toshiba's Computer Systems Group (CSG) will demonstrate its support for The TeacherLaptop Foundation, through participation in the "Technology for K-12 Teachers Conference," to be held March 23, 2002, at the Kennesaw State University's Leland H. and Clarice C. Bagwell College of Education in Kennesaw, Ga.

The college is the second largest and fastest-growing teacher preparation college in the University System of Georgia and houses the Educational Technology Training Center, Georgia's largest provider of training to prepare teachers for the use of technology.

The TeacherLaptop Foundation, a national organization dedicated to providing every teacher in America with a laptop computer will donate 40 of Toshiba's Satellite(R) notebook computers to teachers during a special reception to take place at the conference. This donation is made possible through the fund-raising efforts on behalf of The Foundation by Toshiba CSG, Toshiba's channel and strategic partners, and corporate and private donations.

"We applaud the initiatives of The TeacherLaptop Foundation and support the endeavor to provide every teacher in America with a laptop computer," said Dan Rosensteel, vice president, public sector, Toshiba CSG.

"This program, coupled with our Notebooks for Schools(TM) Anytime Anywhere Learning initiative, will enable us to expand our efforts in providing today's teachers and students with Toshiba's innovative and quality products, enhancing the teaching and learning process through technology."

Toshiba's national support of The TeacherLaptop Foundation includes a combination of donations, fund-raising assistance, advocacy for the program and special pricing structures that significantly reduce the cost of providing the latest technology and services to teachers through The Foundation.

To qualify for a laptop computer and a $120 stipend that can be used for home Internet access or to acquire additional peripheral technology items and services, teachers must be employed in a full-time instructional capacity and must register at The Foundation's Web site at Contributions to The TeacherLaptop Foundation are 100 percent tax deductible.

"The conference at Kennesaw State University marks the first in a series of events which will be co-sponsored by Toshiba, enabling us to donate laptop computers on a state-by-state basis," said Ron Bocinsky, president and co-founder, The TeacherLaptop Foundation.

"We are honored that Toshiba has chosen to partner with our organization and become an advocate in our efforts to provide America's teachers with laptop computers and we look forward to their support of our next event which is scheduled to take place in New York."

The Satellite 1000/1005 Series notebook computers which will be donated to The TeacherLaptop Foundation offer an Intel(R) Mobile Celeron(TM) 1066MHz (1.06GHz) processor and DVD-ROM in a lightweight form factor. Teachers and students can bring this affordably priced Satellite with them, whether going to school, or on a fieldtrip.

Equipped with a 14.1-inch diameter active matrix display and 256MB of RAM, this Satellite offering enables users to comfortably view DVD movies and run memory-intensive software applications. For added flexibility, the series is equipped with a swappable modular bay that enables users to switch between the optical and floppy drives, or add a hard drive.

The Satellite notebook computers are bundled with Microsoft(R) Windows(R) XP Professional, Microsoft Works 6.0, Intuit Quicken Basic 2001, Norton AntiVirus 2002, Adobe Acrobat Reader, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Toshiba Custom Utilities, Satellite Series Online Document and Virtual Tech.

CDW Government Inc. (CDW-G), a wholly owned subsidiary of CDW Computer Centers Inc. (Nasdaq:CDWC) and a leading supplier of technology to the government and educational marketplace will provide lifetime technical support for the Satellite 1000/1005 Series notebook computers donated by Toshiba CSG to the TeacherLaptop Foundation.

"We are pleased to be partnering with Toshiba to support them in their efforts to provide educators with the tools they need to promote technology-based learning in today's classrooms," said Larry Kirsch, senior vice president of CDW-G. "As a leading provider of technology products and services, we take a personal approach to providing educational institutions with technology for their specific needs."

Note to Editors: Satellite is a registered trademark of Toshiba America Information Systems Inc. Notebooks for Schools is a trademark of Toshiba America Information Systems Inc. Intel and Celeron are registered trademarks of Intel Corp. Microsoft and Windows are trademarks of Microsoft Corp. All other trademarks belong to their respective companies. Pricing and specifications are subject to change.

For more information, please contact:

Lori Leavey Benjamin -- A Weber Shandwick Company
Phone: (949) 260-1300
Traci Renner Benjamin -- A Weber Shandwick Company
Phone: (949) 260-1300


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