Renaissance Learning Announces New Laptop, NEO 2

New NEO 2 features enhanced functionality; runs Accelerated Reader and

other Renaissance software

Jun 25, 2007, 01:00 ET from Renaissance Learning, Inc.

    ATLANTA, June 25 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Renaissance Learning, Inc.
 today introduced the AlphaSmart NEO 2 laptop, an exciting new offering in
 the company's electronic hardware product line, at the 28th annual National
 Educational Computing Conference.
     Available in late August, the NEO 2 includes all of the features of the
 original NEO -- distraction-free writing, keyboarding and quizzing -- and
 adds exciting new features. NEO 2 offers enhanced two-way communication
 through the use of radio frequency(RF) technology, which will maximize
 classroom participation, enable instantaneous formative assessment, and
 provide wireless printing from anywhere in the room. NEO 2 will also run a
 number of Renaissance Learning software programs, including the company's
 flagship product, Accelerated Reader(TM).
     "We are extremely pleased to offer educators another easy-to-use
 classroom tool that helps them incorporate technology to accelerate
 learning by providing more targeted instruction, while saving valuable
 time," said Greg Wright, Senior Vice President and General Manager of
 Renaissance Learning's Electronics Division. "The NEO 2 is an essential
 element in teaching across the curriculum, from reading, writing, and math,
 to science, social studies, and beyond. And of course, it is major news
 that NEO 2 will run Accelerated Reader."
     Accelerated Reader Quizzing
     The NEO 2 will have the hardware components needed to enable students
 to take wireless Accelerated Reader quizzes. In March 2008, the Accelerated
 Reader SmartApplet will be fully functional for schools using Accelerated
 Reader Renaissance Place. Students will be able to take quizzes on their
 NEO 2s at their own desks, freeing up classroom computers and limiting
 trips to the library or computer lab to take AR quizzes.
     Instantaneous Classroom Response
     The NEO 2 maximizes classroom participation through instantaneous
 interactions between teachers and students by using signature Renaissance
 Learning technology, including 2Know! Toolbar, AccelTest software, and
 others. With the ability to administer more formal assessments using NEO 2,
 teachers can now pose several different types of questions and receive
 instant feedback from each student, allowing them to adjust instruction on
 the spot.
     The NEO 2 laptops will be very competitively priced, especially in
 classroom quantity SmartOption Mobile Lab cart packages. Ordering
 information and details about the NEO 2 capabilities can be found by
 visiting or by calling 888-274-0680 to speak
 with an AlphaSmart representative.
     About Renaissance Learning, Inc.
     Renaissance Learning, Inc. is the world's leading provider of
 computer-based testing technology designed to enhance core curriculum in
 K-12 education by personalizing reading, math, and writing instruction and
 practice. Adopted by more than 71,000 North American schools, Renaissance
 Learning's scientifically research-based products provide teachers and
 administrators with daily formative assessment and monthly progress
 monitoring tools to inform instruction, make data driven decisions,
 motivate students, dramatically accelerate learning, and improve test
 scores. Renaissance Learning has seven U.S. locations and subsidiaries in
 Canada, India, and the United Kingdom.

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