Frogpad™ Announces the Launch of Specialized Tutorials Created by a Leader in e-learning Software: De Marque

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FrogPad, an innovator in data entry technologies for mobile computing, has been capturing the hearts, minds and digits of the growing corporate technology market with the introduction of 4 new and original one-handed keyboards since 2003. - FrogPad is launching the first specialized online tutorial created by De Marque, the renowned creator of E-Learning typing tutorials for corporate settings and for grades K-12 in the US and Canada. The FrogPad keyboard is easier to use than a standard keyboard because it is one handed as most our activities are, and it has been designed around the 15 most frequently used letters in the Roman alphabet (those used 86% of the time by typists). The De Marque typing tutorial for FrogPad keyboard features “friendly Froggie” to train users to type very efficiently with one hand. The On-line tutorial is available in English, and will soon be in French, German and Spanish.

FROGPAD™ and strategic partner, De Marque, the leader in e-learning software, announce the first specialized typing tutorial for corporate and educational teaching.

FrogPad, an innovator in data entry technologies for mobile computing, has been capturing the hearts, minds and digits of the growing corporate technology market with the introduction of 4 new and original one-handed keyboards since 2003.

FrogPad is launching the first specialized online tutorial created by De Marque, the renowned creator of E-Learning typing tutorials for corporate settings and for grades K-12 in the US and Canada.

The FrogPad keyboard is easier to use than a standard keyboard because it is one-handed as most our activities are, and it has been designed around the 15 most frequently used letters by all languages using the Roman alphabet. The De Marque typing tutorial for the FrogPad keyboard features “Friendly Froggie” to train users to type very efficiently with one hand. The On-line tutorial is available in English, and will soon be in French, German and Spanish.

FrogPad™ for Educators

By enabling typing with one hand, FrogPad™ is revolutionizing the use of technology in the education system. The size and portability of the keyboard make it ideal for classroom use. Computer technology has become a very important tool in the educational system for both teachers and students. In elementary schools, the curriculum focuses on ensuring that students are computer literate. Schools devote an entire semester to teaching students how to type. Because of the intuitive patented letter layout, teaching students to type on FrogPad™ will insure faster learning in less time than a semester. An average person can learn to type 40 WPM on the FrogPad™ with less than ten hours of practice, when sixty hours are required for a regular keyboard. The professional tutorial developed and now offered by De Marque is fun and easy to use. It provides great instruction and training for new users. And young children will leap to using it immediately. It gives every student a real chance to experience the joys of technology.

For more information: http://www.frogpad.com/FPandYou/SpecializedTutorials.asp.

Disabilities in the Classroom

FrogPad™ is a great tool for students with disabilities. In an education system where inclusion and mainstreaming have become very popular practices, FrogPad™ further enables students with disabilities to function normally in a regular classroom. Its design allows students to type quickly using only one hand, and its size makes it easily portable as well as hardly noticeable to others. Students also love the fun nature of the keyboard with its bright color and cute logo. Most students have referred it to as “cool”. Think of the impact this keyboard makes for children with Dysgraphia and Cerebral Palsy. Visit the disability link for more information.

For more information: http://www.frogpad.com/FPandYou/disabled.asp

About Frogpad

With customers in countries around the world including Japan, Germany, Netherlands, New Zealand, Australia, U.K., Canada, the United States, and the most recent new distributor in Turkey, IntraTurkNetwork.com; FrogPad is quickly becoming the mobile computer interface choice for keyboarders around the world. Today there are four form factors of the patented FrogPad data entry interface: the FrogPad standard keyboard, the slimmer mini FrogPad, the Bluetooth-enabled iFrog, and the most recent addition to the Frog family, the Bluetooth headset, FrogTalk. All keyboards are offered in left and right hand models.

FrogPad products can be purchased online at http://www.frogpad.com or through its international distribution partner, http://www.expansys.com. Expansys manages all International direct web-based distribution for FrogPad. FrogPad is well positioned to be the data interface of choice for the projected market of 1.7 billion portable wireless Internet devices.

Founder and FrogPad President Linda Marroquin likens the introduction of the FrogPad to the market changing launches of the Laptop or the PDA, “The standard QWERTY keyboard in use today was designed for a different time when mobile computing devices were only a glimmer in the eyes of their developers; and the continual evolution and miniaturization of mobile technology devices are driving the need for a new kind of data entry device. We believe the patented FrogPad product platform is the solution”.

Current applications for the future wearable Frog include industries with needs for easy data entry from a field application such as shipping logistics, healthcare patient care, and remote field operations such as on-site drilling for the Oil & Gas industry. FrogPad is an innovator in one-handed data entry methods for mobile computing devices.

About De Marque

De Marque was founded in 1990 by Marc Boutet, a fifteen-year-old high school student who decided to create his own summer job, and his current partner, Guy Bergeron, a pioneer of IT use in schools. With Guy's background, the company focused on developing applications for the educational market. Since then, De Marque has grown from 2 to more than 40 employees and developed a variety of educational software, CD-ROMs and eLearning applications that are now sold in North America and Europe.

De Marque's best seller is Typing Pal, the funniest and most effective way to learn to type. Typing Pal is available in CD-ROM and online editions for home users, schools, and businesses, and is offered in English, French, Italian, and Icelandic. De Marque also offers a free online Typing Pal course available at http://www.typingpal.com.

This document may contain forward-looking statements, relating to the Company’s future financial results and operations or to the environment in which it operates, which are based on FrogPad’s operations, estimates, forecasts and projections. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks and uncertainties that are difficult to predict, and/or are beyond FrogPad’s control. A number of important factors could cause actual outcomes and results to differ materially from those expressed in these forward-looking statements. These factors include those set forth in other public filings. Consequently, readers should not place any undue reliance on such forward-looking statements. In addition, these forward-looking statements relate to the date on which they are made. Gennum disclaim any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

For more information, contact:

Linda Marroquin

FrogPad, Inc.     

Tel: (713) 960-9611                     

E-mail: lmarroquin@frogpad.com                

http://www.frogpad.com                    

Marc Boutet

De Marque

Tel: (418) 658-9143

marc@demarque.com

http://www.demarque.com/demarque/english/home/

Description of the Tutorial:

A proven typing tutor adapted to a revolutionary keyboard!

Learn how to master your FrogPad™ keyboard in just a few hours!

Typing Pal for FrogPad™ is a web-based typing tutor that offers you a typing course that is fully adapted to FrogPad™ keyboard owners.

Using a simple and effective teaching method, which has been used for dozens of years and was adapted to the FrogPad™ keyboard, this online typing course will allow you to master the rudiments of typing so that you can quickly find your way around the FrogPad™ keyboard.

Typing Pal for FrogPad™ is the only typing method adapted to Frogpad™ keyboard.

For individuals, the tutorials subscription starts at $29.99 for one month.

Features:

  • Exercises for both right and left-handed typists
  • Practice texts to practice in real situations
  • Personalized improvement exercises based on your statistics
  • Detailed statistics to keep track of your progress

Technical requirements:

  • FrogPad™ keyboard
  • Internet Explorer 4.0 or higher or Netscape Navigator 4.0 or higher
  • Flash plug-in from Macromedia (to view Web site animation)
  • Java enabled

For Press: to try the tutorial go to http://frogpad.typingpal.com/index.asp
Contact us for the username and password

For more information: http://www.demarque.com/demarque/english/shopping/visualiser.asp?71

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