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Environmental Educators Win Wireless Broadband Competition

RESTON, Va., Feb. 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The grand prize winner has been named in a national competition designed to elicit ground-breaking ideas about educational uses of wireless broadband services.

The contest was sponsored by The Source for Learning (www.SourceForLearning.org) and the National EBS Association (NEBSA - www.nebsa.org), two nonprofit organizations in the vanguard of the development of "anytime/anywhere" high-speed online access, with its enormous implications for education.

The winning entry was submitted by the RiverRidge Foundation for Environmental Research and Education (www.riverridgefoundation.org), based in Bentonville VA. RiverRidge's innovative courses combine field work with online learning, and employ "Web 2.0" collaborative tools to enhance communication among students and faculty.

Christopher Packert, President of RiverRidge, said, "Field work is vital for learning about the environment, and wireless broadband will open great possibilities for us. While on location, our students will have access to sophisticated online services and data, and can build their multimedia digital portfolios as they work. We'll be able to share our experiences in real time with students in classrooms, and even instantly share our research results on a global scale."

Steven J. Gorski, President and CEO of The Source for Learning, added, "RiverRidge's impressive entry was only one of many creative proposals we've seen for putting 4G wireless broadband to work for education. We're excited about the initiative and enthusiasm that educators across the country have demonstrated for this new technology."

Christopher Packert will present RiverRidge's plans for use of the technology on Wednesday, February 25th, at NEBSA's annual meeting in Boca Raton, Florida.

Over the next several years, 4G wireless systems for distributing data, voice, and video will become widely available throughout the United States. Much of that service will be accessed through Educational Broadband Service (EBS), microwave frequencies licensed to educational and nonprofit organizations that have an obligation to use a portion of their spectrum to provide educational services.

The National Educational Broadband Service Association (NEBSA--www.nebsa.org) is the professional association for non-profit educational entities that hold EBS licenses. NEBSA was formed to be a leading advocate for use of EBS; to represent the interests of EBS licensees at the FCC; and to provide an expanded forum for exchange of information and advice on the new technologies, new educational applications, and commercial relationships. The membership consists of representatives from K-12, post-secondary, and other non-profit education entities.

The Source for Learning, Inc. (www.sourceforlearning.org) is a not-for-profit company that holds EBS licenses across the country, and also creates websites that offer teachers, students, and parents the web's best collection of learning resources. Compiled and reviewed by education professionals, the resources cover countless subjects and support diverse learning styles. Together, they enhance education at every level. Created more than 25 years ago, Source for Learning has become a "must have" asset in early learning settings, K-12 classrooms, and homes in the U.S. and more than 50 countries.

SOURCE The Source for Learning, Inc.

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