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GTE Network To Offer Online Scientific Data

Middle and high schools in Texas and Rhode Island recently completed a pilot test of SCITECH Network, an online service available through the Electric Pages network that provides structured learning activities in the life and earth sciences.

GTE Education Services, based in Irving, Texas, funded creation of the instructional applications at Texas A&M's Center for Mathematics and Science Education, part of the university's College of Education.

Designed for sixth-through tenth-graders, SCI-TECH includes databases of scientific information from national research centers, electronic mailboxes, a bulletin board and evaluation forms.

Large-group, teacher-led activities as well as small-group and individual student exercises are incorporated into the suggested plans. The emphasis is on bringing current, real-time data into the classroom via telecommunications.

Too often, says Dr. Angela M. Schroder, curriculum product manager at GTE, science teachers must work with stale information. "A textbook," she asserts, "is out of date the minute it hits the classroom. For example, it can't keep up with earthquake activity."

SCI-TECH, however, contains timely earthquake, astronomy and climate data; health and medical data; ecological surveys; tombstone data; and Colorado River data.

Some activities might include having students collect information and then share it with other students at remote sites. Or students could be asked to predict next week's weather or the locale of the next big earthquake. "It gives the kids a lot of hands-on experience," says Schroder of the online service.

Now undergoing post-pilot revision, SCI-TECH will be made available to the public in September. At about the same time, The Electric Pages will be integrated with SpecialNet and offered as the GTE Education Network.

AT&T Switch Enables College to Expand LAN

Jersey City State College in New Jersey is the first site of an Apple computer network established through a local telephone company central office equipped with AT&T's Datakit virtual circuit switch.

A liberal arts institution with an enrollment of 8,000 students, Jersey City State College needed a means to add more students and faculty to its LAN beyond the immediate reach of the AppleTalk LAN and to provide administrators faster access to the school's host computer system, a VAX.

The LANgate service from New Jersey Bell, which links more than 50 Apple Macintosh users on campus, was a solution that eliminated capital expenditure, disruptive and costly rewiring, and the need to store and maintain communications equipment.

The LANgate connection is created with a voice and data multiplexer at each computer and telephone location, where the voice and data signals are combined for simultaneous transmission to the central office. Voice traffic is then sent

The total registration package now costs $99. Registration includes the current software on three diskettes, a hardcover manual and full support.

Prices on the Quicksoft Font Selector, DCA Conversion Package and PageMaker Import Filter and on products in the PC-Write and Friends catalog will remain the same.

AppleWorks GS Update

Is Offered at No Cost

Claris Corp. of Mountain View, Calif., has announced a free update to its AppleWorks GS software package, which comprises six powerful applications for the Apple IIGS computer.

The update, AppleWorks GS 1.0 Version 2, offers enhanced importation of color graphics, improved draft-mode printing, a faster ImageWriter printer driver, and a utility for determining whether the micro's expansion memory is functioning properly.

All registered AppleWorks GS customers are being sent the update free of charge. Its suggested retail price is $299.

Educators Get $1,145

Price Break on RDBMS

Special educator's pricing is being offered on a full-function version of the Professional Oracle for MS-DOS relational database management system from Oracle Corp. of Belmont, Calif.

For only $150, educators can order the SQL-based database licensed for application development and education. The regular single-user license costs $1,295.

In addition, the Oracle relational database and add-in interface to Lotus 1-2-3 is available to educators for just $150, and the SQL*Tutor CBT program is priced at $100.

Under the company's volume-discount program, the purchase of more than one copy of any package results in further savings of 10 percent to 40 percent.

Perpetual Licensing Is

Now Offered by SPSS

Chicago-based SPSS, Inc., developer and marketer of data analysis and presentation software, has restructured its licensing plan to include perpetual licensing.

In addition to its current annual license program, SPSS now offers two types of perpetual license options under which customers can still have access to free software upgrades, maintenance and a priority telephone number for technical assistance.

Winners of 11 Grants

Announced by Tandy

Eleven microcomputer grants have been awarded by Tandy Corp. of Forth Worth, Texas, to educators and/or academic institutions for submitted proposals on "Telecommunications in the Classroom."

Among the recipients were William R. Jordon of Coral Shores High School in Tavernier,Fla., for "A Bulletin Board for a Computerized Weather Station"; Richard E. Starkey of College of Our Lady of the Elm in Chicopee, Mass., for "Teaching Telecommunications to Teachers"; and Richard Satchwell of Cunningham Children's Home in Urbana, Ill., for "Motivating Troubled Youth Through Telecommunications in the Classroom."

Since the inception of the Tandy Education Grants Program, more than $1.75 million in Tandy computer products has been awarded to schools nationwide.

N.D. School Will Use

New Micros for CAI

Turtle Mountain Community School in Belcourt, N.D., has acquired 22 XT10 computers from Tussey Computer Products of State College, Pa. The computers will be used in elementary school labs for computer-aided instruction.

Project director Sam LaRoque will work with classroom teachers on a checklist designed to help develop and coordinate specific skills. Old concepts will be reinforced and new skills introduced.

Other Firm Named to

Market Amstrad PCs

Amstrad, Inc. of Irving, Texas, has signed an agreement with The Douglas Stewart Co. under which the latter will market a broad range of Amstrad computers to more than 3,000 colleges and universities nationwide.

This is the first time that The Douglas Stewart Co. has served as a national representative for any business. The company will handle Amstrad's entire PC 2000 Series of personal computers, which includes the new 12-MHz PC2286 and 20-MHz PC2386.

Contracts for Satellite

Uplinks Awarded to Co.

Scientific-Atlanta, Inc . of Atlanta, Ga., ohas been awarded two important contracts--valued in excess of $1 million--to install satellite communications uplinks at the University of Oklahoma and at Auburn University.

The company's 4.5-meter Kuband satellite uplink will be placed at the University of Oklahoma's center for continuing education and will permit the broadcast of special educational outreach activities.

At Auburn University, Scientific-Atlanta will provide a 7-meter Ku-band uplink as well as a 10-meter C-band uplink. They will be used to support extension programs, with emphasis in the areas of pharmacology and veterinary medicine.

Radio Shack Will Offer

Firm's CADD Products

Bothell, Wash.-based Generic Software, Inc., a leader in the under-$500 CADD market, has announced an agreement under which Radio Shack will distribute Generic CADD Starter Kit and Generic CADD Level 3 through Tandy Corp.'s Express Order Software Buyer's Guide.

Customers may order and purchase the products--for IBM PCs and compatibles--at any one of 7,000 Radio Shack Computer Centers or at any participating Radio Shack store or dealer nationwide. They may also order directly from Tandy by mail or by calling a toll-free number.

Univ. of Utah Acquires

Supercomputing Center

The University of Utah has signed a $22 million contract with IBM Corp. to establish a supercomputing center on the Salt Lake City campus that involves a consortium of three Utah universities and the state.

In making the announcement, University of Utah President Chase N. Peterson said that the campus center is the first in the U.S. to use IBM's Enterprise System 3090 Model 600S, the most powerful computer IBM makes.

"We view this acquisition as the first step in an ambitious program to develop a nationally recognized, 130-mile research corridor that encompasses Utah State University, the University of Utah and Brigham Young University," says Peterson.

"This corridor," he continues, "also includes major aerospace industries, high-tech firms in our respective research parks, and other companies along the Wasatch Front."

Corporations Sponsor

Apple Computer Clubs

Nine computer software companies and publishers have been named as sponsors for the Apple Computer Club's 1989/90 activities, including the Apple Computer Clubs National Merit Competition '89.

This marks the first time other corporations have joined Apple Computer, Inc. of Cupertino, Calif., in sponsoring the computer clubs since they were established in 1983 to encourage the creative use of Apple computers among teachers and students in kindergarten through high school.

Donating $5,000 each toward the Apple Computer Clubs are: Beagle Bros; Claris Corp.; MECC; Microsoft Corp.; the National Geographic Society; Peter Li, Inc.; Scholastic, Inc.; Sunburst Communications; and Softdisc.

Software Co. Signs

Ed. Marketing Pact

The TOPS Division of Sun Microsystems in Alameda, Calif., has signed a two-year agreement with Edutech--a leading representative of software vendors to the education market--whereby Edutech will assist in marketing TOPS networking products to campus bookstores and computer system managers.

Together, the two firms have developed a special program offering Laboratory Packages, bundles of ten copies of TOPS software with one set of instructions. They are intended to provide campus workgroups with a low-cost alternative to purchasing individual packets of software for every computer in the workgroup.

The marketing agreement encompasses an entire line of networking and messaging products, including TOPS Macintosh, TOPS DOS, TOPS FlashBox, TOPS NetPrint, TOPS FlashCard, TOPS Repeater, TOPS TeleConnector and InBox, an electronic mail product.

Apollo, Univ. of Mich.

Continue Partnership

Apollo Computer, Inc., based in Chelmsford, Mass., has announced the installation of the 500th Apollo workstation at the University of Michigan, site of one of the largest university computing networks in the world.

The university's College of Engineering communicates through an extensive, campuswide CAE network that links the Apollo workstations with computers from many other vendors.

The network connects all of the university's engineering and computer science departments and provides users with the resources to conduct research in such areas as CAD, graphics, CAM, semiconductor electronics and AI.

Apollo Computer, Inc. also recently announced that it has joined with the University of Michigan in establishing a state-of-the-art computer graphics laboratory.

The College of Engineering's new Advanced Visualization Facility is equipped with an Apollo Series 10000 Visualization System, a 3D graphics supercomputer introduced in February.

HP Mini Is Donated to

Texas A&M Program

Hewlett-Packard Co. of Palo Alto, Calif., and Distribution Resources Co., HP's largest value-added reseller in the distribution marketplace, have donated more than $100,000 in computer hardware and software to the Texas A&M University Industrial Distribution Program.

The gift, which includes an HP 3000 minicomputer, will enable researchers and faculty members to communicate with each other via a LAN and to use tools such as electronic mail, computer file transfer and print spooling.

The goal of the hands-on Industrial Distribution Program, established at Texas A&M in 1956, is to produce graduates who can have an immediate impact on their businesses as soon as they enter the workforce.

Controlling Interest in

Ed. Company Acquired

Lepercq Capital Management, the business development/venture capital subsidiary of New York investment bank Lepercq, de Neuflize & Co., has acquired a controlling interest in New Century Education Corp. for $3.5 million.

New Century, based in Piscataway, N.J., is one of the country's leading developers of computer-assisted educational materials--particularly in the areas of basic reading, writing, math and reasoning skills--for elementary and high school students and for adult education.

The public school systems of Chicago, Cleveland, Kansas City and Newark are all major users of the company's programs. New Century is also an educational supplier to business and industry groups facing varying degrees of illiteracy and innumeracy on the job.

'Catalog' of Software

Is Now Online in Illinois

Almost 700,000 university students and faculty members in Illinois now have a free online resource called OASIS to help them sort through the thousands of software programs available to higher education.

A project of the Illinois Educational Consortium, the OASIS (Online Academic Software Information System) database provides descriptions of more than 1,200 software programs to anyone with access to a personal computer, a modem and a telephone. The number in Illinois is (800) 552-8699.

Consortium members include the four public university systems in the state and the Illinois Community College Board. For further information, contact the Board of Governors of State Colleges and Universities, 2040 Hill Meadows Drive, Suite B, Springfield, IL 62702.

Consortium Members

Offered More Products

IBM Corp. has added 49 new products to the list of system and application programs available to members of its Higher Education Software Consortium.

The newly added software includes several versions of CAEDS applications, system platform programs such as X-Windows Version 2.1, and such AS/400 business applications as forecasting, accounts receivable and sales analysis.

By joining the consortium and paying a one-time fee, schools have access to four groups of software for mid-range computers and advanced-function workstations, with annual fees of $4,000 to $25,000 per group.

Consortium members are not required to pay license fees.

Bus. Software Will Be

Adapted for Students

Addison-Wesley Publishing Co. of Reading, Mass., and Ashton-Tate Corp. of Torrance, Calif., have announced an agreement to produce student editions of dBASE IV and Framework II. Developed by Ashton-Tate, they will be marketed and distributed to the education market by Addison-Wesley and its wholly owned subsidiary, Benjamin/Cummings.

The student edition of dBASE IV will be a fully functional version of dBASE IV limited to 120 records. It will allow marketing, sociology, accounting, science, CIS, MIS and other students to organize and utilize data through the creation, access and updating of dBASE data files without programming.

Framework II is a multi-functional software product that combines word processing, spreadsheet, database, business graphics and outlining capabilities with a single user interface. The student edition is identical with the exclusion of telecommunications and some import/export features.
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Publication:T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)
Date:Aug 1, 1989
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