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DYMO/Mimio and Headsprout Unveil Union at ISTE

Interactive Teaching Technology Combines with One-on-One Adaptive Learning Software

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., June 27, 2011 - DYMO™/Mimio®, a leading provider of interactive teaching technologies, and Headsprout®, an innovative provider of adaptive instructional content and division of DYMO/Mimio, make their first public appearance as a combined unit today at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) annual conference in Philadelphia.

Attendees are encouraged to visit booth 1703 to learn more about the MimioClassroom suite of interactive teaching technology solutions and Headsprout's innovative software programs for reading instruction. Together, the entities plan to combine DYMO/Mimio's expertise in technology solutions for broad classroom audiences with Headsprout's expertise in adaptive learning platforms for individual students with the goal of jointly developing improvements to interactive instructional technology.

DYMO/Mimio acquired Headsprout in March to further strengthen its portfolio of innovative and integrated hardware, software and services. The acquisition also positions the combined company to meet the expectations educators have for advanced, effective teaching technologies that enable them to simply teach.

"Visitors to ISTE will see that Headsprout and its highly-regarded content portfolio complement DYMO/Mimio's technology and culture," said Laurence Huntley, general manager, DYMO/Mimio. "We will aggressively pursue hardware and software enhancements that will build on our proven track record of providing highly-effective interactive instructional content for educators and students everywhere."

"DYMO/Mimio shares Headsprout's focus on enabling outstanding levels of teacher effectiveness and student achievement, which will make our combined company a stronger competitor in the global marketplace," said Dave Anderson, president & CEO, Headsprout. "We look forward to publicly kicking off our union, which sets the stage for important work that can transform the nature of learning in the classroom."

Headsprout's adaptive online learning software programs for reading are used in thousands of classrooms, learning labs and homes in the U.S. and 87 other countries. Their patented, award-winning software helps ensure a student is mastering the skills in each lesson – at his or her own pace – before continuing. Its offerings include Headsprout® Early Reading for students K-2 and Headsprout® Reading Comprehension, for any student with at least a mid-2nd grade reading level.

The MimioClassroom™ suite of solutions includes interactive whiteboard technology, student response systems, document cameras, wireless tablets, digital ink recorders and objectives-based instructional content. Tailored to the needs of educators, its MimioClassroom system offers an integrated, easy-to-use assortment of interactive teaching tools and services to enable teachers to simply teach.

Visit mimio.dymo.com/istepress to learn more about DYMO/Mimio and Headsprout at ISTE.

To learn more about DYMO/Mimio and Headsprout, please visit www.mimio.dymo.com and www.headsprout.com; you may also follow DYMO/Mimio and Headsprout on Twitter @MimioTechnology and @Headsprout and via Facebook. Download lesson plans and connect with other educators at www.mimioconnect.com, and view helpful how-to videos by Mimio Masters on the DYMO/Mimio YouTube Channel at www.youtube.com/dymomimio and Headsprout software demonstrations at http://www.youtube.com/Headsprout.  

DYMO/Mimio ITT was named the 2011 "Best Educational Use of a Device-Specific Application" in the CODiE Awards, a 2011 red dot Award winner for product design, a 2011 IDEA Awards finalist, Scholastic Administrator's "Best in Tech 2009 & 2010," one of District Administration's "Top 100 products of 2010," Scholastic Instructor's Teacher's Pick "Best of 2009," and the 2009 ECOO Vendor Excellence Award winner in both "Best Education Solution" and "Best Technology Product."

About Newell Rubbermaid Global Business and Technology Solutions

DYMO is the master brand name for the Newell Rubbermaid Global Technology Solutions portfolio. In a world that demands greater productivity and measures it at every opportunity, DYMO provides businesses, educational institutions and consumers with innovative and easy ways to share, manage and organize information with improved efficiency and satisfaction.

Our DYMO global technology brands are organized into four solutions:

  • DYMO® / Labeling Identification Solutions include DYMO hand-held label makers, PC connected label and postage printers, plus Industrial labeling tools (www.dymo.com).
  • DYMO™ / CardScan® Contact Management Solutions include CardScan business card scanners and contact management software (www.cardscan.com).
  • DYMO™ / Endicia® Postage Technologies include Endicia online shipping and mailing services (www.endicia.com) as well as customized postage (www.pictureitpostage.com).  
  • DYMO™ / Mimio® ITT (Interactive Teaching Technologies) include Mimio interactive whiteboard technology, digital ink recorders, document cameras, student response systems and engaging lesson plan content (www.mimio.com).

These global technology brands complement Newell Rubbermaid's strong portfolio of global brands, which also includes Rubbermaid®, Sharpie®, Graco®, Calphalon®, Irwin®, Lenox®, Levolor®, Paper Mate®, Waterman®, Parker®, Goody®, Rubbermaid Commercial Products® and Aprica®.

About Headsprout

Headsprout® (www.headsprout.com) is a leader in the development and implementation of online instruction that adjusts automatically to each student's needs. Its scientific, research-based, adaptive software – Headsprout® Early Reading and Headsprout® Reading Comprehension – is used in thousands of classrooms, learning labs and homes in the U.S. and all over the world.  Headsprout was founded in 1999 and is based in Seattle, Washington.

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