Columbia, Md.–December 4, 2006 – GTCO CalComp, Inc., manufacturer of the InterWrite Interactive Classroom products, is pleased to announce that its authorized InterWrite distributor, Sitech Systems, will be hosting 40 Sitech Champion Schools on December 5th in Hamilton, New Zealand. These 40 Champion Schools have been selected as the most innovative schools in New Zealand because of their use of technology in the classroom–especially the InterWrite SchoolBoard and InterWrite SchoolPad. The December 5th event will introduce the award-winning InterWrite PRS RF student response system to these schools with training and collaboration sessions to help integrate this exciting technology into their teaching practices. The day will end with a special awards ceremony recognizing the unique efforts of these schools and their use of InterWrite products.
“As a leading innovator in interactive educational products, we are very excited to bring the latest in student response systems–InterWrite PRS RF to New Zealand,” said Rob Meissner, vice president of marketing at GTCO CalComp. “Our popular InterWrite PRS system has revolutionized how students learn in schools and universities around the globe, and in working with the Sitech Systems Champion Schools Program we look forward to having the same impact in New Zealand.”
Teachers from 40 Champion Schools will gather in Hamilton to spend a day familiarizing themselves with the new technology, as well as sharing their experiences of how the InterWrite SchoolBoard and SchoolPad has revolutionized their teaching. Several InterWrite employees, including executive staff and product trainers, will be flying from the United States to lead the roll out of this new technology across the New Zealand education sector. After the training day, Sitech Systems will provide ongoing support as the teachers return to their schools. This ground-breaking project will culminate in a series of case studies and best practices that will be shared throughout New Zealand and around the world.
Learn more about InterWrite’s Interactive Classroom, which includes the InterWrite SchoolBoard, an interactive whiteboard, the InterWrite SchoolPad, a Bluetooth® wireless pad, InterWrite PRS, a student response system, and the InterWrite iPanel, an interactive LCD display, by visiting www.gtcocalcomp.com.
About Sitech and the Sitech Champions Programme
The Sitech Champions Programme is a partnership between schools, colleges and Sitech Systems aiming to bring together technological and pedagogical expertise to explore the impact on teaching and learning of technology-rich classrooms and to offer effective strategies for their future use. Initiated at the beginning of this year, the schools and colleges have integrated the InterWrite Interactive Classroom products into their teaching and are now moving onto other technologies including the student response systems, robots, digital microscopes and weather stations.
In addition to providing educational technology equipment and professional development for schools, Sitech Systems also offers a range of audio-visual equipment. With offices located in Hamilton, Auckalnd, Wellington and Christchurch, Sitech Systems is well-respected throughout the education sector. Sitech For more information about Sitech, please visit www.sitech.co.nz.
About GTCO CalComp
With over 30 years experience, GTCO CalComp is a leader in computer input peripherals, with over one million systems installed worldwide. Founded in 1975, GTCO CalComp pioneered the use of pen-based electromagnetic sensing technology currently utilized in the Company’s Interactive Whiteboard and Digitizer product lines. In 2004, GTCO CalComp expanded its line of interactive products with introduction of InterWrite PRS, a classroom response system. GTCO CalComp Inc, a global company, is headquartered in Columbia, Maryland, with offices in Scottsdale, Arizona; and Munich, Germany. GTCO CalComp maintains distribution partners in over 90 countries, providing solutions to professionals in Education, Training, Presentation, GIS, Computer Aided Design, Construction Estimating and Graphic Arts. For more information on the brands and products offered, visit the GTCO CalComp website at www.gtcocalcomp.com.