Acer Announces Winners of Its Education Technology Initiative

Acer Awards Hundreds of Computer Products to Winning Schools and Districts

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwire - October 8, 2009) - At a time when schools across the country are struggling to find resources, four lucky school districts will soon receive a much-needed gift from Acer -- hundreds of Intel-powered computer products.

The Grand Prize Winner, Valley Grove School District in Franklin, Pa., will receive a fully equipped computer lab complete with:

--  30 Aspire One 10.1" Netbooks
--  30 LV460 Desktops
--  30 V-Series 17" LCD Monitors

Three Runner-Up Winners will receive 30 Aspire One 10.1" Netbooks to outfit their classrooms. Runner-Up Winners include:

--  Charleston Community Unit School District 1 in
    Charleston, Ill.
--  Monroe Road Elementary School from Bedford Public
    Schools in Lambertville, Mich.
--  Sikeston R6 in Sikeston, Mo.

These winners were selected as part of a random drawing of educators and school administrators who participated in a free 30-day trial of the Acer Aspire One Netbook. From May to August, more than 5,500 educators participated in the contest. As participants spent their 30 days with an Aspire One, they were able to test the functionality and durability of the Netbook while exploring ways in which to incorporate new technology into their classrooms.

The 1,000 students of Grand Prize Winner, Valley Grove School District, are anxious to receive their new computers. With the addition of 90 computer products to the district's assets, students will now have the ability to spend additional time in the computer labs.

"The Valley Grove School District was pleasantly surprised to hear that we were recipients of the grand prize in the Acer Education Initiative," said Jeffrey A. Clark, superintendent of Valley Grove School District. "This award will provide our district the opportunity to expand our technology resources and take the educational possibilities to a higher level. In addition, the receipt of the Acer computers will serve as a tremendous asset to our teaching staff as they continue to enrich the educational opportunities that are provided to the students at Valley Grove. We are appreciative of the opportunity that Acer has given to school districts to participate in such a worthwhile program."

The Valley Grove School District has big plans in mind for the use and implementation of its new technology.

"The computers that we won are going to create two completely new computer labs -- one at the high school and one at the elementary school. This will go a long way to resolve the scarcity of available computer time for teachers and students," said Connie Cunningham of Valley Grove School District ITS.

Value of classroom technology

Giving every student access to the latest mobile technology is a valuable and challenging goal. Research shows technology in the classroom improves everything from testing scores to attendance. In fact, according to research from Henry County, Va., student scores improved by 20 percent on state tests during the first year that new laptop technology was introduced.

Schools throughout the nation are leveraging resources and sharing tips to make one-to-one computing goals a reality. With the Acer Education Technology Initiative, schools have the chance to be one step closer to reaching these goals.

Navigating education technology stimulus funds

As part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), there is an unprecedented $115 billion set aside for education. Making the right decisions on how to create sustainable, long-term results for education technology will vary for different districts and schools, but there's no doubt technology will play an increasingly important role in the classroom.

To help understand ARRA and how education technology fits into the stimulus package, Acer has developed a resource guide. The complete resource guide is available for download as a PDF.

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Company Info:

Since its founding in 1976, Acer has constantly pursued the goal of breaking the barriers between people and technology. Focused on marketing its brand-name IT products around the globe, Acer ranks as the world's No. 3 vendor for total PCs and No. 2 for notebooks, with the fastest growth among the top five players. A profitable and sustainable Channel Business Model is instrumental to Acer's continued growth, while the successful mergers of Gateway and Packard Bell complete the company's global footprint by strengthening its presence in the U.S. and enhancing its strong position in Europe. The Acer Group employs more than 6,000 people worldwide. 2008 revenues reached US $16.65 billion. See for more information.


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