Third Grant in Series Offers Educators Chance to Win Free Interactive Hardware and Software Tools

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Nov. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — DYMO/Mimio has introduced the third grant award in its classroom technology grant series—the “Bridging the Gap” grant. As the American education system faces increasingly challenging budget limitations, the “Bridging the Gap” grant offers K-12 educators a distinct opportunity to win MimioClassroom™ interactive tools and curriculum support for their school or district. DYMO/Mimio’s grant programs are unique in that teachers may apply individually rather than requiring a school or district application.

This latest grant is the first from DYMO/Mimio to incorporate Headsprout Reading Comprehension tools, providing research-based instruction that teaches learners how to comprehend text in an engaging, interactive, personalized environment. The program features a patented adaptive design that identifies and tracks error patterns for each user and immediately adjusts instruction to address any weaknesses.

“DYMO/Mimio’s grant program embodies our commitment to support teachers and schools by giving them access to the latest interactive teaching tools,” says Magen McGahee, Leader of Federal Programs and District Initiatives. “With the ‘Bridging the Gap’ grant, we’re evolving our program to include Headsprout, the newest addition to the DYMO/Mimio family. In addition to creating a more dynamic classroom environment, this robust combination of hardware and software will help teachers specifically boost their students’ reading comprehension—an essential skill for succeeding in all subjects, including math and sciences.”

To qualify for the “Bridging the Gap” grant, applicants must demonstrate how they will blend individual student instruction through Headsprout Reading Comprehension software with group-focused lessons taught using DYMO/Mimio hardware, creating a complete classroom solution and “Bridging the Gap” across multiple levels of learning. Applications should exhibit unique approaches to creatively engage students using interactive teaching technology. Submissions must also provide a detailed description of the proposed project, including specifics about the needs of the school or district and dissemination plans.

Completed grant applications and supporting documentation should be submitted to funding@mimio.com by 5 p.m. EST on Friday, November 25, 2011.

Two winning applicants will each receive five MimioTeach™ interactive systems, which transform any dry erase whiteboard into a fully-interactive whiteboard, five MimioPad™ wireless tablets that allow users to interact with their MimioTeach-enabled whiteboard from anywhere in the classroom, and five MimioView™ document cameras, which feature simple plug-and-play integration with the rest of the product suite. Each teacher will also receive five licenses to set up classrooms in their district with Headsprout Reading Comprehension, plus on-site training with a DYMO/Mimio Teaching and Learning Specialist.

For more information and entry rules for the “Bridging the Gap” grant, visit www.mimio.com/grants .

To learn more about DYMO/Mimio, visit www.mimio.dymo.com. You can also follow DYMO/Mimio on Twitter @MimioTechnology and via Facebook at facebook.com/DYMO.Mimio. Download lesson plans and connect with other educators at www.mimioconnect.com and view helpful how-to videos by Mimio Masters on the DYMO/Mimio YouTube Channel at www.youtube.com/dymomimio.

DYMO/Mimio ITT was named the 2011 “Best Educational Use of a Device-Specific Application” in the CODiE Awards, a 2011 red dot Award winner for product design, a 2011 IDEA Awards finalist, Scholastic Administrator’s “Best in Tech 2009 & 2010,” one of District Administration’s “Top 100 products of 2010,” Scholastic Instructor’s Teacher’s Pick “Best of 2009,” and the 2009 ECOO Vendor Excellence Award winner in both “Best Education Solution” and “Best Technology Product.”

About Newell Rubbermaid Global Business and Technology Solutions

DYMO is the master brand name for the Newell Rubbermaid Global Technology Solutions portfolio. In a world that demands greater productivity and measures it at every opportunity, DYMO provides businesses, educational institutions and consumers with innovative and easy ways to share, manage and organize information with improved efficiency and satisfaction.

Our DYMO global technology brands are organized into four solutions:

DYMO® / Labeling Identification Solutions include DYMO hand-held label makers, PC connected label and postage printers, plus Industrial labeling tools (www.dymo.com).
DYMO™ / CardScan® Contact Management Solutions include CardScan business card scanners and contact management software (www.cardscan.com).
DYMO™ / Endicia® Postage Technologies include Endicia online shipping and mailing services (www.endicia.com), as well as customized postage (www.pictureitpostage.com).
DYMO™ / Mimio® ITT (Interactive Teaching Technologies) include Mimio interactive whiteboard technology, digital ink recorders, document cameras, student response systems and engaging lesson plan content (www.mimio.dymo.com).

These global technology brands complement Newell Rubbermaid’s strong portfolio of leading global brands, which also includes Rubbermaid®, Sharpie®, Graco®, Calphalon®, Irwin®, Lenox®, Levolor®, Paper Mate®, Waterman®, Parker®, Goody®, Rubbermaid Commercial Products® and Aprica®.

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