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January 24, 2001
Mindsurf Networks Launches Schools of Innovation Program Focused on Student Achievement
First of its Kind Program Includes 100 K-12 Partner Schools Nationwide to Further Sharpen the Mindsurf Networks' Solution

BALTIMORE - January 24, 2001 - Moving aggressively into the next phase of its nationwide growth strategy, Mindsurf Networks (formerly Mindsurf), a leader in K-12 wireless computing, today announced the launch of its Schools of Innovation Program. This unique partnership of 100 schools in diverse communities nationwide will be the first series of implementations for the company's education and computing solution.

The goal of Mindsurf Networks is to deliver a wireless computing solution for K-12 educators and students that measurably enhances student achievement. The company installs a wireless network within participating K-12 schools and places handheld computers in the hands of teachers, students and administrators. Through this network, students and teachers are able to instantly access a broad array of assessment and management programs, curriculum resources and communication tools that provide immediate instructional benefit and value.

Each partner school will be actively involved in the validation of the essential elements of Mindsurf Networks' mission, including measuring student achievement and gauging the level of technology performance. As participants in the Schools of Innovation Program, individual schools receive handheld computers and access to the Mindsurf network. In addition, each site will benefit from successive rollouts of curriculum and assessment tools and will play an active role in the Mindsurf Networks community, a community where teachers can exchange classroom applications, innovative teaching ideas and lesson plans through the Mindsurf Networks Teaching Exchange.

The first Schools of Innovation Program has already been implemented at the River Hill High School in Clarksville, Maryland. "As the first participants in the Schools of Innovation Program, we are truly redefining the standards for learning by actually taking education beyond the classroom, at any time of day, and fitting it into a pocket-sized computer," said Rick Robb, a ninth grade English teacher at River Hill High School. "I really feel that technology needs to be a culture, not a lesson plan. My charge to teachers out there is, it's time to get on board now."

Mindsurf Networks believes that the timing of the program and the success they foresee in achieving broad implementation within the K-12 market is supported by the U.S. Department of Education's December 2000 revision of the National Educational Technology Plan. In this report, digital content and networked applications are identified as offering direct opportunities to "enhance learning by helping students to comprehend difficult-to-understand concepts, helping students to engage in learning, provide students with access to information and resources and better meeting students' individual needs."

"Our network is designed to promote achievement and enrich learning in the classroom," said Bruce Davis, president & CEO, Mindsurf Networks. "We have accomplished this by marrying a deep understanding of the needs and challenges of today's educational community with leading wireless technologies. I feel that the overwhelming response to the Schools of Innovation Program demonstrates the depth of this understanding."

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