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Posted: 05.23.05

Educational Give Away

In an effort to celebrate Manteo, N.C.’s success as one of the first 100 percent wireless small towns in America, IBM and Lenovo have launched the Manteo ThinkPad Learning Project. The program will provide a ThinkPad notebook to every family with a middle school and high-school age student in Manteo—80 families in total. They will also receive free wireless Internet access from Charter Communications, the vendor that helped to unwire the 1.7 square mile town. Each ThinkPad R50e will also be loaded with VitalSource educational software including the VitalSource Library with more than 3,400 works of literature, art, history, philosophy, science and mathematics, ranging from the complete works of William Shakespeare to Mark Twain.
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By Teresa von Fuchs




This pilot project hopes to help assess the educational impact in-home computer access has on kids. The project also hopes to do something to address the inequities in access to technology that affect communities nationwide, and create a model that can be applied in other communities across the United States. "By empowering our young people with access to technology, we are giving them the tools necessary to fuel their personal development and taking steps to foster the economic development of our small town," said John Wilson, Mayor of Manteo, who has led the project. "The Manteo ThinkPad Learning Project will enable systemic change in our community and equip our students with the tools and behaviors that are essential for life in the 21st century."
The notebooks were distributed on Saturday, May 14, at an IBM sponsored event where families had the opportunity to learn about PC security, wireless access and education solutions available on the notebooks.

The Manteo ThinkPad Learning Project is also the first public event from IBM and Lenovo since their PC partnership was announced earlier this year—nothing like good works to launch a partnership.



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