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NetSchools Corporation To Sponsor NetDay Midwest; Program to Highlight the Benefits of the Internet in Classrooms.

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 14, 1999--

NetSchools Corporation, the leading provider of Internet-centric solutions to K-12 schools nationwide (www.netschools.net), will sponsor NetDay Midwest, a 2-hour broadcast scheduled to air on October 14 in 13 midwestern states.

The broadcast, expected to reach approximately 4,000-5,000 schools and up to 8.5 million students, will profile schools that have incorporated the Internet into their educational environment.

NetSchools' sponsorship is designed to promote kids on the Internet. The program features an interactive game that students play live over the Internet to win prizes for their schools. The game questions are designed around the geography and history of the 13 participating midwestern states. Over $500,000 worth of prizes will be awarded -- hardware, software and teacher training. The broadcast will also recognize and highlight schools that have successfully integrated technology into the curriculum. NetDay Midwest will be hosted by RealNetworks on the Real Broadcast Network (RBN).

"The Internet is the encyclopedia of the twenty-first century and we need to make sure students have access to tomorrow's technology," said Tom Greaves, vice chairman of NetSchools Corporation. "Our sponsorship of NetDay elevates this issue and highlights the educational and civic benefits of a wired classroom."

NetDay Midwest will be re-broadcast at a later date over the Internet to additional schools and students.

About NetSchools

The NetSchools Solution is a revolutionary new learning environment that combines an Internet-centric curriculum with a notebook computer for every student. NetSchools connects every student via an infrared wireless connection to the school's LAN and the vast resources of the Internet -- from school and from home.

NetSchools is the only company to successfully fulfill the compelling vision of the future in which every student incorporates the power of the computer and the Internet into every aspect of the school day.

The NetSchools Solution is designed to address accountability and equity issues, to provide parental involvement and a personalized learning system for every student, with the total cost of ownership at an affordable level.

Founded in 1996 and based in Mountain View, Calif., NetSchools Corporation provides schools with an advanced technology solution consisting of a rugged laptop computer for every student, a high-speed infrared local area network, Internet access, technical and instruction support, curriculum and productivity software, and long-term professional staff development.
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