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SAS and Lenovo Partner to Empower K-12 Learning

   

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC – January 9, 2008 – SAS and Lenovo today announced a partnership to bring SAS' award-winning Web-based Curriculum Pathways® educational software and Lenovo's leading ThinkPad notebook PCs to students in K-12 classrooms across the country. The agreement provides a unique solution to school systems integrating select models of Lenovo ThinkPad notebooks for 1:1 digital learning environments with a broad range of SAS inSchool educational content.

"SAS and Lenovo share a desire to improve education in this country," said Kathy Lee, General Manager, SAS Education Practice. "K-12 students are immersed in technology and the Internet, yet most teaching environments haven't changed for generations. This partnership will help match learning environments to the strengths and interests of today's children."

Many schools are choosing 1:1 learning environments where PCs are easily accessed by teachers and students. Daviess County Public Schools' in northern Kentucky is equipping every high school student with a notebook PC by the 2008-2009 school year.

"Through our eLearning Project, we've integrated the Lenovo ThinkPad notebooks and SAS Curriculum Pathways across all of our subject areas for the past three years," said Susan Smith, Technology Coordinator, Daviess County Public Schools. "Our students and teachers have embraced the easy-to-use, reliable technology, making full use of its multimedia functions, interactivity and wireless capabilities to enrich our students' learning in the classroom and at home."

Curriculum Pathways is used in 1:1 environments at Cary Academy (Cary, N.C.); eighth grade classrooms at Centennial Middle School on the N.C. State University campus (Raleigh, N.C.); and Hunt High School (Wilson County, N.C.). Lenovo supports 1:1 learning environments with ThinkPad notebooks at St. Mary's School (Raleigh, N.C.); Columbus School for Girls (Columbus, Ohio); and DeSales High School (Louisville, Ky.).

"To effectively compete and contribute in a global society, students need 21st century skills. Technology is vital in enhancing education and empowering teachers with tools to help students develop critical thinking skills, especially in grades 5-12," said Tom Looney, Vice President and General Manager, Lenovo North America. "As a new world company, Lenovo believes in providing a comprehensive, integrated solution to help students develop these essential skills."

To access Curriculum Pathways, students simply click on an icon to view content. Used by thousands of customers in more than 30 states, Curriculum Pathways is an online resource for students and teachers in high schools, community colleges and virtual schools and provides content in the core disciplines of English, mathematics, social studies, science and Spanish. Aligned with state and national standards, it has more than 170 InterActivities and 855 ready-to-use lessons that enable technology-rich instruction and engage higher-order thinking skills.

Lenovo ThinkPad notebooks provide teachers and students the technologies to be productive, such as fast and secure wireless connectivity, the latest processing capabilities and extreme durability with Lenovo’s roll cage and Active Protection System.

About Lenovo
Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) is dedicated to building the world's best engineered personal computers. Lenovo's business model is built on innovation, operational efficiency and customer satisfaction as well as a focus on investment in emerging markets. Formed by Lenovo Group's acquisition of the former IBM Personal Computing Division, the company develops, manufactures and markets reliable, high-quality, secure and easy-to-use technology products and services worldwide. Lenovo has major research centers in Yamato, Japan; Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, China; and Raleigh, North Carolina. For more information see www.lenovo.com.

About SAS
SAS is the leader in business intelligence and analytical software and services. Customers at 43,000 sites use SAS software to improve performance through insight from data, resulting in faster, more accurate business decisions; more profitable relationships with customers and suppliers; compliance with governmental regulations; research breakthroughs; and better products and processes. Only SAS offers leading data integration, storage, analytics and business intelligence applications within a comprehensive enterprise intelligence platform. Since 1976, SAS has been giving customers around the world THE POWER TO KNOW®. www.sas.com
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