Wireless Generation Showcases Handheld Assessment Software in Senate Hearing on Education Technology

First Truly Mobile Assessment Software for K-12 Education Puts Real-Time Student Assessment Functionality in the Hands of Teachers

Wireless Generation, the leading developer of mobile K-12 educational applications, today announced that it has been asked to participate in a hearing on education technology held by the Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee of the U.S. Senate. Chaired by Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), the Subcommittee will discuss what educators have learned about the best way to use technology in schools, and how the federal government can help foster those effective uses. The hearing will be held today at 9:30 A.M. in Room 106 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building.

The hearing convened by Senator Harkin brings together expert witnesses from educational institutions and leading educational technology vendors to help the committee understand the challenges and opportunities associated with the use of technology in the classroom. "The hearing reflects the growing national search for breakthrough technologies that make a real difference in schools. We believe that Wireless Generation's innovative tools for capturing rich student performance data right at the point of instruction represent just such a breakthrough, and we are grateful for this occasion to share our vision with the leaders who shape educational technology policy," said Larry Berger, CEO of Wireless Generation.

Wireless Generation will demonstrate its flagship product, a mobile software application offering a new way for teachers to perform early reading assessment and then use the findings to customize instruction for each student's needs. Based on well-established early reading methodologies already in widespread use, the system allows teachers to capture real-time student performance data on a handheld device such as a PalmPilot, then automatically performs the number-crunching that has traditionally taken teachers as much as an hour or two per day to complete. A simple-to-use, Web-based interface enables teachers and administrators to analyze, interpret, track, and report the progress of individual students, classes, or the entire school district in real-time. By streamlining and automating the time-consuming paper-based assessment methods currently in use, Wireless Generation frees teachers to focus on thinking diagnostically about student data and developing targeted, individualized instruction.

Said Senator Harkin, "Technology will play an increasingly important role in our nation's classrooms as we strive to improve the effectiveness of our educational system. Companies such as Wireless Generation are leading the way in developing the tools our teachers, schools, and communities need to provide the best possible instruction for our children." Other leading educational technology companies participating in today's hearing include Microsoft, Apple/Powerschool, Plato Learning, Carnegie Learning, WGBH, Breakthrough to Literacy, and Lightspan.

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