Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Classworks and NComputing Announce Partnership Extending Learning Opportunities

Classworks and NComputing Announce Partnership Extending Learning Opportunities for Students and Making Classroom Computing and Learning More Affordable As School Budgets Continue To Shrink

(BUSINESS WIRE)--Curriculum Advantage, Inc. today announced a partnership between Classworks, computer-based instruction in K-12 for English/Language Arts, Reading, Mathematics and Science, with NComputing, leaders in low-cost desktop virtualization software and hardware.

The partnership represents a commitment from both companies to help school districts maximize their use of technology by providing students increased computer access and instructional time with innovative, affordable solutions.

Research shows that increased engaged time in a quality learning environment helps students learn, and one of the biggest obstacles to providing needed time is lack of computer access. To overcome that challenge, many schools are investing in cost-saving hardware solutions, and using those savings to provide additional instructional resources to their students, making it possible for their technology dollars to have a direct impact on student achievement.

The NComputing solution is based on a simple fact: today's PCs are so powerful that the vast majority of applications only use a small fraction of the computer's capacity. NComputing's virtualization software and hardware tap this unused capacity so that it can be simultaneously shared by multiple users. Over 15,000 schools in 70 countries have used NComputing to slash their hardware costs as much as 70%. In addition, this technology is green helping our environment by creating lower volumes of e-waste and reducing energy consumption of computers by 90%.

NComputing provides a cost-effective way for more students to have access to computers as learning tools, said Melissa Sinunu, Curriculum Advantages COO. Working closely with NComputing to take advantage of the strengths of their platform and keep as many students engaged with digital learning as possible. While education budgets across the country are being stretched, this solution helps schools get closer to the goal of one to one computing and individualized instruction for all.

Classworks instructional software is already being implemented efficiently with NComputings hardware throughout the country, reinforcing the commitment to bring the best technology to educators and extend learning opportunities for students.

"NComputing is continually listening to our customers and adding new solutions to help meet their needs, said Stephen Dukker, NComputings chairman and CEO. "This is especially true in education, where educators are being forced to do more with less. They see virtualization as a way to accomplish that, and we already account for 5% of the US educational computing market. Classworks is a great partner because they add a critical instructional piece to the overall solution.

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