Dyslexic Students Break Through Learning Barriers with Technology

(Vernon Hills, Ill.–Aug. 7)–CDW Government, Inc. (CDW-G), a wholly owned subsidiary of CDW Corporation (NASDAQ: CDWC) and leading source of information technology (IT) solutions to governments and educators, today announced that the internationally renowned Gow School, South Wales, N.Y., the world’s oldest boarding school for boys with dyslexia and language-based learning differences, has selected CDW-G as the school’s partner for Technology at Gow (TAG), a one-to-one laptop computing initiative. The technology will complement and enhance the school’s unique Reconstructive Language program and its newly developed Constructive Writing program, ensuring that the Gow School continues to provide a powerful 21st-century learning experience that prepares its students for college and beyond.

Students at the Gow School use assistive technologies that build on their strengths and help them break through the barriers that might otherwise prevent them from fully expressing their ideas and creativity. “The laptop program brings these assistive technologies to our students’ fingertips, paralleling Gow’s hands-on methodology,” said Michael Sullivan, the Gow School’s director of technology. Expanded use of assistive technologies is the first goal of the laptop program, but the school had other compelling reasons to provide laptops to students, including developing a common Web interface for the laptops that will enable faculty to create links and post resources for classes. With the laptop program in place, the Gow School will be positioned to integrate the latest research-based teaching methods as they are developed.

“Technology plays an empowering role for virtually every student in the classroom, and CDW-G is privileged to work with the Gow School to bring its vision of a technology-enabled curriculum to life,” said Bob Kirby, CDW-G senior director, K-12. “The school has a distinguished history of serving the unique needs of students whose learning styles challenge traditional teaching methods. CDW-G worked closely with the school to understand how its students learn in order to create a custom-design laptop solution that will have the greatest impact on day-to-day student activity.”

In the past, the school’s 142 students, who come from 12 countries and 28 states, brought their own computers to school each year. The laptop program standardizes student hardware and software for the first time to increase student access to proven assistive technology programs, while bolstering staff productivity and making IT more efficient. “Our primary curricular focus always is to find the best ways for teachers and students to communicate,” Sullivan noted. “The one-to-one laptop program was the next logical step in this process. It just makes sense.”

The Gow School provides individualized learning by focusing on each student’s strengths and learning styles, as well as addressing challenges to their academic success. The school’s academics are based on a Reconstructive Learning curriculum that breaks down the sound, spelling rules and grammar of the English language. Phonetics, spelling, vocabulary and oral reading are emphasized to promote language remediation. The new Constructive Writing program will take advantage of technology to facilitate better instruction and the use of advanced writing software.

The 80-year-old Gow School will kick off its laptop program this fall with a half-day technology training course for students on the operation of the laptops and how to access the various assistive technology resources available through the school’s network. Each student will receive a Lenovo laptop pre-loaded with Microsoft Office software and assistive reading and language applications. CDW-G will facilitate the school’s rollout of the laptop program, providing on-site assistance to students and staff.

About CDW-G

A wholly owned subsidiary of CDW Corporation (NASDAQ: CDWC), a FORTUNE 500 company, CDW Government (CDW-G) is a trusted technology advisor to federal, state and local government agencies, as well as to educational institutions at all levels. CDW-G offers best-in-class technology products and services from top-name brands such as Acer, Adobe, Cisco, HP, IBM, Lenovo, Microsoft, Panasonic, Samsung, Sony, Symantec, and Toshiba. For more information about CDW-G product offerings, procurement options, service and solutions, call 1.800.863.4239, or visit the CDW-G Web site at CDWG.com.

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