TANDBERG Receives Highest USDLA Award for Leadership in Distance Learning

TANDBERG Receives 21st Century Best Practices Award; Congratulates White Plains City School District, Eastview Middle School

Yahoo! - October 24, 2006

OSLO, Norway & NEW YORK - (BUSINESS WIRE) - TANDBERG (OSLO:TAA.OL - News), a global leader in visual communication, today announced receipt of the 21st Century Best Practices Award from the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) for leadership in the field of distance learning.

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These prestigious Global Awards are presented annually to organizations and individuals engaged in the development and delivery of distance learning programs. Included in the recognition ceremony will be the 21st Century Best Practice Award, as well as the Best Practice Awards for Distance Learning Programming and the Excellence in Distance Learning Teaching Awards.

The USDLA Awards are closely followed by the Distance learning industry. "As we approach our 20th Anniversary as a premier organization for the entire distance learning profession, we enjoy honoring some of the leaders in the industry," said Dr. John G. Flores, CEO of USDLA. "Each year these winners raise the bar and exceed best practice expectations for the industry as a whole, and we are truly honored by their contributions to the Distance Learning industry."

The USDLA Awards were created to acknowledge major accomplishments in distance learning and to highlight those distance learning instructors, programs and professionals who have achieved and demonstrated extraordinary results through the use of online, videoconferencing, satellite and blended learning delivery technologies.

The 21st Century Best Practices Award recognizes pioneering organizations in the field that have changed distance learning, as well as organizations that have challenged existing practice by developing new and innovative solutions for distance learning.

"Videoconferencing for distance education can play a key role in helping educational institutions reach a greater number of students, as well as enrich current classroom curriculum," said Jan Zanetis, Market Development Manager, Education and Training, TANDBERG. "TANDBERG is honored to receive the USDLA's 21st Century Best Practice Award, and we look forward to further supporting the USDLA in promoting distance education applications."

In addition, TANDBERG today congratulates Jody Kennedy and Eastview Middle School on receipt of the USDLA Best Practices in Distance Learning Programming for the "Global Run Project 2005-2006." The award recognizes programs that have designed and delivered outstanding and comprehensive best practices.

In conjunction with TANDBERG, Jody Kennedy, an art teacher and videoconferencing coordinator at Eastview Middle School in White Plains, New York, piloted the Global Run Project, a multidisciplinary service-learning project designed to increase global cultural awareness while simultaneously addressing measured standards in math, science, health, and physical education.

Students in the project have used videoconferencing to connect with students from Australia to Kenya to Mozambique to Ireland. Through the project, students have walked 5,000 miles and raised $10,000 for the past two years for schools in Kenya.

About United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA)

The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) is a non-profit association formed in 1987 and is located in Boston, Massachusetts. USDLA promotes the development and application of distance learning for education and training and serves the needs of the distance learning community by providing advocacy, information, networking and opportunity. Distance learning and training constituencies served include pre-k-12 education, higher and continuing education, home schooling as well as business, corporate, military, government and telehealth markets. The USDLA trademarked logo is the recognized worldwide symbol of dedicated professionals committed to the distance learning industry.


TANDBERG is a leading global provider of visual communication products and services with dual headquarters in New York and Norway. TANDBERG designs, develops and markets systems and software for video, voice and data. The company provides sales, support and value-added services in more than 90 countries worldwide. TANDBERG is publicly traded on the Oslo Stock Exchange under the ticker TAA.OL. Please visit for more information.

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