International Data Group Publications Support Technology Education Program in the Chicago Area

BOSTON, MA – DECEMBER 23, 2003 – International Data Group (IDG), the world’s leading technology media, research, and event company, is a sponsor of the Computer Associates Digital Schoolhouse classroom in Lisle, Ill., a suburb of Chicago. More than 3,000 Chicago-area children are expected to benefit annually from this program, which offers fifth-grade students a concentrated day of learning in state-of-the-art computer labs.

IDG publications—CIO and CSO magazines, Computerworld, InfoWorld, and Network World—contributed $60,000 for bus transportation to and from the Digital Schoolhouse in Lisle. The Digital Schoolhouse is a program of the Computer Associates Digital Schoolhouse Foundation, a non-profit organization that prepares today’s youth for success in an increasingly digital world using hands-on classroom settings.

Transportation and lunch are provided to the participating school districts free of charge. “For 40 years IDG has been focused on providing information on information technology. Given the importance of technology today, it is crucial that we invest in a child’s understanding of it,” said Patrick Kenealy, CEO, International Data Group. “We are very pleased to contribute to such a worthwhile program organized by Computer Associates, a valued and long-time client of IDG.”

Nancy Bhagat, senior vice president, worldwide marketing, CA said: “As leaders in the IT industry, IDG and CA feel we have a responsibility to help foster recognition of the value of technology in the classroom. We’re pleased to work together with our business partner IDG toward fulfilling this important goal.” Other Digital Schoolhouse sponsors include Dell, which provided the computers; Sodexho, which provides the free daily lunches; and Display Presentations, which donated the signage.

Under the guidance of certified teachers and CA employee volunteers, students research topics on the Internet based on lesson plans chosen by their classroom teachers. The students create web pages and graphical presentations, and become aware of opportunities technology offers for learning.

The Digital Schoolhouse also helps expose students to careers in technology fields. For example, when picking fonts and colors for their presentations students are informed that they are doing the job of a computer graphics designer.

Illinois students from Aurora, Bellwood, Countryside, Geneva, Joliet, LaGrange, Lisle, Lyons, Naperville, Oak Forest, Romeoville, Shorewood, Stickney, Warrenville, West Chicago, Westmont, Wheaton and Woodridge will take advantage of the Digital Schoolhouse during the 2003-2004 school year. So far, more than 1,300 students have participated.

CA’s Islandia, N.Y., headquarters is home to two classrooms, and a traveling version of the Digital Schoolhouse has visited New Orleans, Orlando and Las Vegas. More than 15,000 children have already benefited from the Digital Schoolhouse experience. For more information on the Digital Schoolhouse, please visit http://ca.com/digitalschoolhouse.

About IDG

IDG is the world's leading technology media, research, and event company. IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers and offers online users the largest network of technology-specific sites around the world through IDG.net, which comprises more than 330 targeted Web sites in 80 countries. IDG is also a leading producer of 168 computer-related events worldwide, and IDG's research company, IDC, provides global market intelligence and advice through 51 offices in 43 countries. Company information is available at http://www.idg.com.

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