Turning Foundation Launches Grant with Samsung Mobile, BrainPOP and Turning ...

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio, Jan 04, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- The Turning Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, in collaboration with Samsung Mobile, BrainPOP(R), and Turning Technologies, today announced the Winter 2012 Classroom Improvement Technology Grant. The goal of this joint effort is to help educators develop 21st Century classrooms and improve achievement by providing effective, engaging technology tools from multiple industry leading companies.

Turning Foundation Director, John Wilson stated, "With the help of Samsung Mobile and BrainPOP, the winter 2012 CIT grant will provide an ideal classroom solution for teachers to engage students in the learning process and positively impact learning outcomes. The Turning Foundation appreciates the contributions and involvement of Samsung Mobile, BrainPOP and Turning Technologies."

"Turning Technologies' continued support of the Turning Foundation and in the CIT Grant is a direct result of the company's commitment at our inception -- to bring student response to the classroom and support student learning," commented Mike Broderick, Turning Technologies Founder and CEO. "The power of real-time, immediate feedback both as an engagement tactic and as an instructional tool is proven, effective, and a critical need for every classroom in the drive for higher student achievement. Combining our technology with the powerful Samsung Galaxy tablet and the interactive resources of BrainPOP is truly an exciting solution for today's classrooms."

Grant applications will be accepted from teachers in grades K-12 who are currently teaching in an accredited, non-profit school building in the United States. Ten (10) classroom awards estimated at $3,600 each will be distributed.

Selected applicants will receive the following:

Turning Technologies, developer of interactive student response systems focused on engaging and motivating students while increasing achievement, will provide one 32-seat radio frequency student response system that includes: TurningPoint(R) and TurningPoint AnyWherepolling software suite, ResponseCard(R) RF LCD keypads, USB-based response RF receiver, QuestionPoint(TM) 2 - state-aligned question bank, customized carrying case and technical support.

Samsung Mobile, the No. 1 mobile phone provider in the U.S.(1) and a leading supplier of Android mobile tablets, will provide each winning classroom with one of its award-winning Samsung Galaxy Tab(TM) 10.1 devices. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 is one of the thinnest and lightest mobile tablets in the world, offering outstanding portability in classroom settings, at home or on-the-go. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 is designed with rear and front-facing cameras for easy video chat capabilities and is powered by the Android(TM) 3.1 (Honeycomb) operating system, offering faster and smoother transitions between different applications.

BrainPOP(R), the award-winning creator of animated, curricular content that engages students, supports teachers, and bolsters achievement, will provide one Classroom Access subscription including both BrainPOP and BrainPOP Jr.(TM) (K-3). These standards-aligned resources cover topics within Science, Math, Social Studies, English Language Arts, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Music, Health, Reading, and Writing, through movies, games, mobile apps, high-interest readings, activities, and more. Their interactive quizzes -- accompanying each topic -- are fully integrated with Turning Technologies' student response devices, enabling teachers who use ResponseCards to gather real-time responses from every student.

"Samsung is thrilled to contribute to the Turning Foundation Winter 2012 Classroom Improvement Technology Grant in an effort to grow our presence in the education industry," said Timothy Wagner, Vice President and General Manager of B2B Sales for Samsung Mobile. "The Galaxy Tab 10.1, optimized with Adobe Flash, allows for a dynamic user experience with BrainPOP's Flash driven content. This will dramatically enhance the K-12 classroom setting for grant recipients and will surely set a new education standard for years to come."

"BrainPOP has consistently worked to promote and share the essential interconnectivity of technology and education. This concept is at the heart of everything we do," said Avraham Kadar, M.D., BrainPOP's Founder and CEO. "We strive to make technology tools as accessible as possible to all teachers and students. Sponsoring the CIT Grant is one more way in which we're able to help teachers build better classrooms and, ultimately, better-prepared students. We eagerly await the creative ways in which the winners' prizes are put to use."

Teachers can submit their CIT grant applications through February 15, 2012. For more information, please visit: www.TurningTechnologies.com/K12Grant/ .

(1)No. 1 mobile phone provider in the U.S. claim for Samsung Mobile based upon reported shipment data, according to Strategy Analytics Q3 2011 U.S. Market Share Handset Shipments Report.

About Samsung Telecommunications America

Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC, a Dallas-based subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., researches, develops and markets wireless handsets and telecommunications products throughout North America. For more information, please visit www.samsungwireless.com .

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2010 consolidated sales of US$135.8 billion. Employing approximately 190,500 people in 206 offices across 68 countries, the company consists of nine independently operated business units: Visual Display, Mobile Communications, Telecommunication Systems, Digital Appliances, IT Solutions, Digital Imaging, Memory, System LSI and LCD. Recognized as one of the fastest growing global brands, Samsung Electronics is a leading producer of digital TVs, semiconductor chips, mobile phones and TFT-LCDs.

About BrainPOP

BrainPOP(R) ( www.brainpop.com ) creates animated, curricular content that engages students, supports teachers, and bolsters achievement -- in classrooms, at home, and on mobile devices. Our proven and award-winning educational resources, uniquely suited for 21st century learning, include BrainPOP Jr. (K-3), BrainPOP, BrainPOP Espanol, and BrainPOP ESL. Our newest offering, GameUp, highlights top, free educational games and aligns them to academic topics. All of our resources are supported by BrainPOP Educators, an online professional community more than 135,000 teachers strong and featuring over 850 free resources. Aligned to academic standards and easy to use, BrainPOP sites host more than 11 million visits each month.

About Turning Technologies

Turning Technologies develops interactive response systems designed specifically to increase learning outcomes. Proven research-based student response technologies enable teachers and administrators to gather vital data needed to increase the effectiveness of instruction. TurningPoint(R), the company's interactive polling software suite, combines with either durable ResponseCard(R) keypads or ResponseWare(R) mobile response applications to provide the most advanced combination of knowledge and technology currently available in the field of student assessment. Today, more than four million ResponseCard keypads have been delivered to K-12 schools, universities and businesses worldwide. www.TurningTechnologies.com

About Turning Foundation

Turning Technologies, LLC, a leader in the student response industry, established the Turning Foundation in 2009 as separate non-profit 501(c)3 organization. The mission of the foundation is... "To seek, secure and distribute resources in support of improving educational opportunities and student achievement in K-16 settings and enhancing community well-being." We hope to help facilitate the connections between education and community well-being, here in the greater Mahoning valley and nationally. www.TurningFoundation.org

SOURCE: Samsung Mobile

Turning Technologies/Turning Foundation Media SS | PR Belinda Rooney, 609-750-9110 brooney@sspr.com or www.TurningFoundation.org Toll Free: 866-746-3015 or Samsung Mobile Media Lesli Benefield, 214-414-3324 lbenefield@mww.com

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