Promethean Donates Six Activclassrooms to Schools Impacted by Hurricane Katrina; Works with Cisco Systems to Rebuild and Improve Others


ATLANTA, May 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Promethean has donated six complete Promethean Activclassroom solutions valued at nearly $25,000 to two Mississippi schools affected by hurricane Katrina and is working with Cisco Systems Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO) in its $40 million initiative to help rebuild and improve 41 schools impacted by the storm in Mississippi and Louisiana.

"We are pleased to provide these schools interactive learning and assessment solutions that can help these communities and schools touched by Katrina not only get back on track, but also enhance their learning environment," said Promethean USA President Mark Elliott.

In addition to its donation, Promethean is active in Cisco's "21st Century Schools" initiative, a blueprint for reconstructing and improving schools that can be replicated across the country. The first phase of the program began with the Mississippi Education Initiative and included seven school districts and 33 schools, reaching more than 20,000 students. The second phase of the program, dubbed the Louisiana Education Initiative, will help build a world- class education system in Louisiana, beginning with eight schools within the Jefferson Parish Public School System, reaching 5,200 students.

The schools benefiting from the program were selected based on a number of different criteria ranging from the number of displaced students they are educating, to the leaderships' willingness and ability to drive change, to their demonstrated understanding of the value in using technology to help close the learning gap among students.

Promethean's Activclassroom integrates thousands of standards-based resources, award-winning Activstudio lesson development software, Activboard interactive whiteboards, Activote formative assessment tools and comprehensive professional development in one complete classroom delivery system.

Promethean's Activboard is designed specifically to withstand the rigors of classroom use and humid environments. The whiteboard's anti-glare, electromagnetic surface is extremely precise and durable. Teachers and students interact with lessons on the Activboard using Promethean's battery- free Activpen.

The Activboard is bundled with Promethean's award-winning lesson development software, Activstudio, which includes exclusive tools and a searchable library of resources. Promethean users also have access to thousands of ready-made flipchart lessons aligned to state education standards in a searchable database that can be queried by state, subject area, grade level and keyword.

Using Promethean's Activote handheld formative assessment devices, teachers can quickly and easily gauge student understanding. Having access to immediate feedback allows teachers to adjust the learning pace and lesson direction to student needs.

About Promethean

Promethean is a global leader in interactive learning technology helping to empower teachers to engage, educate, assess and motivate students. Developed by and for educators, Promethean's curriculum delivery and assessment technologies enable teachers to create, customize and integrate texts, Web, video and audio content to interactively capture students' attention and accommodate their different learning styles. By closely collaborating with educators worldwide in the development of new pedagogy- based technologies, Promethean supports local curriculum standards while providing tools to formatively assess student performance instantly and ensure their success. The group is headquartered in Blackburn, UK, and has overseas offices in the USA (Atlanta, Ga.), France, Germany and China. For more information, please visit www.prometheanworld.com/n-america .

About Cisco Systems

Cisco Systems, Inc (NASDAQ:CSCO) is the worldwide leader in networking for the Internet. Information on Cisco can be found at www.cisco.com/ . For ongoing news, go to newsroom.cisco.com/ .

Source: Promethean

CONTACT: Mary Huff, +1-404-739-0133, huffm@fleishman.com , or Norm Wade,
+1-404-739-0138, waden@fleishman.com , both of Fleishman-Hillard

Web site: www.prometheanworld.com/n-america
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