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APPLE ANNOUNCES COMPREHENSIVE EARLY LANGUAGE ARTS PACKAGE FOR K-2 STUDENTS AT INTERNATIONAL READING ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE

 APPLE ANNOUNCES COMPREHENSIVE EARLY LANGUAGE ARTS PACKAGE FOR K-2 STUDENTS AT INTERNATIONAL READING ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE
 Apple Early Language Connections Seamlessly Integrates
 Hardware, Software, Books & Audiotapes
 ORLANDO, Fla., May 4 /PRNewswire/ Apple Computer Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL) today announced the Apple Early Language Connections program, a literature-based early language arts package designed to provide kindergarten through second grade students with a balanced reading, writing, listening, and speaking curriculum.
 The comprehensive hardware/software curriculum package, developed in collaboration with language arts experts and teachers, allows educators to seamlessly integrate Apple Macintosh computer systems, software, books and audiotapes into a multi-sensory learning experience. The package will be available for purchase by K-12 institutions later this summer.
 The Apple Early Language Connections package features a rich array of learning tools, materials and peripheral devices, including the Macintosh LC II computer system; the AppleCD SC CD-ROM drive; the Apple OneScanner scanning device; the Apple ImageWriterII printer; a classroom library of more than 350 books from Scholastic Inc.; and a selection of story and music audiotapes.
 The new package also features EdMark Corp.'s TouchWindow transparent panel that converts a Macintosh computer monitor into a touch-sensitive screen; and the Muppet Learning Keys by WINGS for learning that provides an engaging keyboard alternative for younger children.
 According to Anne Anderson, manager of K-12 education marketing for Apple, the Apple Early Language Connections package provides a multi-dimensional supplement to an elementary teacher's existing language arts curriculum that enhances each teacher's own unique style of teaching.
 "There are a number of excellent Macintosh-based elementary language arts programs on the market today," said Anderson. "We believe this package offers our customers an additional choice that complements and simplifies what they're already doing."
 Anderson noted that teacher training and on-going support will be important components of this package, and said Apple intends to offer in-service training and newsletter updates for teachers, and a toll- free hotline. Preinstalled Software, Detailed Lesson Plans Offer Ease-of-Use
 The Apple Early Language Connections hardware component comes pre-configured as teacher or student "stations," with software already installed on the Macintosh LC II computer's hard drive. The teacher's station software includes desktop publishing and teacher productivity software from leading educational software providers, as well as all the software programs students will use. The student's station software includes leading education solutions designed to work together in a language-rich classroom environment.
 At the heart of the package is a two-volume comprehensive teachers manual featuring seven, four-week thematic curriculum units-two each for grades K through 2, with an additional four-week unit for kindergarten. One theme, Bridges to Fantasy, explores folklore, fairy tales and fantasy. The other themes are titled In the Garden and 1-2-3 in Literature. All seven units are based on one of these themes and are supported by detailed lesson plans for literature, music, math, and science activities. Teachers can also create or enhance their own lessons using the thematic units as models. Teachers are provided with easy-to-use software instructions and ideas for classroom organization, parent involvement, newsletter development, and other useful information. Portfolio Assessment a Critical Component
 Anderson noted that the curriculum package also includes a powerful portfolio assessment tool that provides teachers with an easy way to store and retrieve students' work. "The Grady Profile - Portfolio Assessment: Early Language Edition has been specifically customized for our use in the package," said Anderson. "It also allows parents and students, themselves, to analyze, assess and monitor the on-going development of each child."
 In addition to the portfolio assessment tool from Aurbach & Associates Inc., the teacher station software also includes The Writing Center by The Learning Company and Scholastic SuperPrint for the Macintosh.
 The student curriculum software includes: Davidson's Kid Works by Davidson and Associates Inc.; Reading Magic Library Plus: Jack and the Beanstalk from Tom Snyder Productions; Muppets on Stage by WINGS for learning Inc.; Reading Maze by Great Wave Software; and Word Munchers by MECC.
 The student software also features four CD-ROM story titles from Discis Knowledge Research Inc.'s Discis Books, including The Tale of Peter Rabbit, The Paper Bag Princess, Mud Puddle and Cinderella: The Original Fairy Tale. Broderbund's Living Books: Just Grandma and Me is also included in the CD-ROM titles. Reading Through Technology Video Debuts
 In addition to the Apple Early Language Connections package, Apple also announced and previewed a new video co-sponsored with the International Reading Association titled "Making Connections: Reading Through Technology." The video highlights success stories from schools across the country where technology is being integrated into early language learning.
 The Apple Early Language Connections package will be available later this summer in multiple configurations, with prices to be announced later by Apple. For further information customers can contact their Apple account executive or their local authorized Apple Education Sales Consultant (AESC), or by calling the Apple Customer Assistance Center at 800-776-2333.
 Headquartered in Cupertino, Calif., Apple Computer Inc. is a leading manufacturer of advanced personal computer systems, system software and peripherals for education, business, government and the home.
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 /CONTACT: Bill Keegan of Apple Computer Inc., 408-974-5460/
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