M&A Technology Announces a Strategic Partnership with GoKnow
Dallas, TX July 7, 2008 --M&A Technology, leading provider of technology products, announces a strategic partnership with GoKnow, a leader in educational software. As part of this agreement, GoKnow will customize their Mobile Learning Environment (MLE) to the Companion PC in order to deliver a complete solution to harness the power of mobile computing in the classroom. With MLE, teachers can transfer their existing curriculum into the Companion PC and monitor the progress of students throughout the school year.
The Companion PC is ruggedized, low-cost and fully functional notebook based on the Intel-powered classmate PC specifically designed for students K-12. The newest version of the Companion PC will be based on the Intel® Atom™ Processor which was released on June 2nd, 2009. The standard configuration will be priced at $499.00 which includes the ATOM 1.6GHz processor, 512 MB RAM, 30GB hard drive and a 9” LCD screen. It comes with a built in case and handle that can be personalized. It runs Microsoft Windows operating system. When loaded with educational software, this device helps primary students learn and develop with technology. Teachers utilize this device to create a fun learning environment for students that keeps them connected with technology. A full description of the product is available at www.macomp.com/companionpc.
“M&A Technology is a highly-respected provider of technology to K-12, and we are exceedingly pleased to work with them in enabling schools to successfully take advantage of the Companion PC,” Said Dr. Elliot Soloway, Chief Strategy Officer and Chair, GoKnow, Inc. & Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, University of Michigan.
This fall, GoKnow will release a version of its widely adopted, award winning Mobile Learning Environment (MLE) for the Companion PC. MLE supports teachers and students. It saves teachers time by enabling them “mobilize” their curriculum to run on the Companion PC and supporting them in creating differentiated lessons to address the diversity that is a serious challenge in today’s classrooms. And, MLE scaffolds students as they use the Companion PC for learning. GoKnow also offers professional development services that will help teachers, administrators and IT staff make effective use of the Companion PC to increase student performance.
“In the Companion PC, K-12 schools finally have a powerful, rugged and reliable computer that they can afford. Initiatives for 1:1 that employ the Companion PC are scalable and sustainable. This is a sea change in K-12 education,” said Dr. Cathleen Norris, Chief Education Architect, GoKnow, Inc, and Regents Professor, University of North Texas.
“We feel that GoKnow’s extensive experience in supporting schools in implementing the 1:1 mobile learning solutions will add significant value to our rollout of the Companion PC into K-12,” said Magdy Elwany, CEO of M&A Technology.
“GoKnow’s Mobile Learning Environment is a perfect compliment to the Companion PC, affording wide-ranging opportunities for teaching and learning. Norris and Soloway are recognized pioneers and thought-leaders in K-12 educational technology. It is exciting to see how committed they are to the impact that the Companion PC will have on empowering the students,” said Donna Shepard, Sr. Vice President of Education Sales at M&A Technology.
About M&A Technology:
M&A Technology, a leader in the educational market, offers a wide range of technology solutions that are based on innovation to improve learning through technology. In addition, M&A Technology provides a unique platform for contract manufacturing and custom built servers and workstations. With over 400,000 technology products available online, M&A Technology is your trusted source for IT products and services since 1984 (www.shopmanda.com). More information about M&A Technology is also available at www.macomp.com.
About GoKnow, Inc:
GoKnow, Inc. is the premier provider to K-12 of educational software, curriculum and professional development designed expressly for mobile computers. GoKnow's products provide new opportunities for teaching and learning with mobile technology. For more information, visit www.goknow.com.
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