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Renowned Expert on Technology in Education Joins Critical Links Board

Critical Links welcomes Harvard Professor Chris Dede to its education advisory board

FAIRFIELD, NJ, August 5th, 2009 - Critical links , a pioneer in delivering Information & Communications Technology (ICT) infrastructure solutions for Schools 2.0 announced today that Professor Chris Dede, a leading expert in the area of Technology in Education, has joined its advisory board for education.

Dr. Dede is the Timothy E. Wirth Professor in Learning Technologies at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) and has authored many books and research papers on the subject. Professor Dede’s primary area of interest is the role of new information technologies in knowledge creation, sharing and learning. He served as chair of the Learning & Teaching area at HGSE. He also recently served as a member of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on Foundations of Educational and Psychological Assessment and was a member of the U.S. Department of Education's Expert Panel on Technology. He is on the International Steering Committee for the “Second International Technology in Education Study” spanning approximately thirty countries. Prof. Dede is widely recognized as a global leader in the development of “technology in education” programs.

“I am delighted to be part of the Critical Links advisory board and with the opportunity to share my expertise. I am impressed with their strategy to leverage technology to enable a next generation ICT infrastructure in schools. I look forward to working with their management team”, said Professor Dede.

“We are excited to have Dr. Chris Dede on our advisory board for the school 2.0 initiative and confident we will benefit immensely from his thought leadership”, commented Joao Carreira, CEO of Critical Links. “His expertise, insights and vision would be extremely useful in defining the roadmap for our edgeBOX education portfolio”.

The edgeBOX education portfolio comprises of the edgeBOX Classroom Server™ and the edgeBOX School Server™. These platforms offer a host of communications, collaboration and administration capabilities necessary in Schools 2.0, including a comprehensive set of voice and data networking tools. They also support full-fledged learning management, client management, asset management and a student information system.

The edgeBOX has been deployed at over 1200 schools in one of the world’s largest school modernization programs and has been recognized with numerous industry awards.

About Critical Links

Critical Links is a pioneer delivering innovative Information & Communications Technology (ICT) infrastructure solutions for Schools 2.0 – the next generation of Schools.

Critical Links’ edgeBOX education portfolio provides the communication, collaboration and administration necessary to support a highly interactive and content rich educational experience; apart from a host of networking and communication capabilities, it also offers comprehensive learning management, client management, asset management and a student information system.

The edgeBOX portfolio is comprised of the edgeBOX Classroom Server™ and the edgeBOX School Server™. The edgeBOX Classroom Server™ delivers an e-learning platform for up to 100 students, while the edgeBOX School Server™ provides a scalable platform that supports sophisticated communication and administration capabilities to schools of up to 1000 students.

The edgeBOX has been deployed globally including in the world’s largest school modernization program. More information about the edgeBOX portfolio and Critical Links’ educational offering can be found at http://education.critical-links.com.

For more information, contanct:
Abdul Kasim, VP Marketing
Critical-Links
akasim@critical-links.com
973.276.9006 x1004
www.critical-links.com/PR
Carlos Taveira
Get Global, Marketing Communications Consultancy
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