AlphaSmart Merging with Another Education-Related Company

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AlphaSmart has reached a definitive agreement to merge with Renaissance Learning. AlphaSmart is best known as the maker of the Dana line of Palm OS devices.

Renaissance Learning is a provider of learning information systems software, school improvement programs, teacher training, and consulting. It products have be used by more than 67,000 schools.

The company plans to operate AlphaSmart as a wholly-owned subsidiary and retain the AlphaSmart brand.

“By offering AlphaSmart portable computer-companion products with Renaissance Learning software, we will be able to help K-12 districts leverage the use of their existing classroom computers, thereby increasing the value derived from their technology investment,” said Ketan D. Kothari, chairman and CEO of AlphaSmart.

More About the AlphaSmart Dana

The AlphaSmart Dana is a Palm OS device that falls somewhere between a handheld and a laptop.

AlphaSmart Dana Wireless It includes a nearly full-sized keyboard like a laptop. However, it also includes a touch screen that allows text to be entered with Graffiti. Its screen isn’t as large as that of most laptops but it is much larger than a regular handheld’s: 560 by 160 pixels.

There are two versions of this device: one that includes built-in Wi-Fi wireless networking and one that doesn’t.

Thanks to Palm Infocenter for the tip.

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