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IBM'S OS/2 2.0 ENHANCES PERFORMANCE OF MULTIMEDIA EDUCATIONAL SOFTWARE

IBM'S OS/2 2.0 ENHANCES PERFORMANCE OF MULTIMEDIA EDUCATIONAL SOFTWARE
 ATLANTA, June 30 /PRNewswire/ -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced its "Columbus: Encounter, Discovery and Beyond"(a) and "Illuminated Books and Manuscripts"(a) educational programs are now available under the company's new operating software, Operating System/2 2.0(a) (OS/2 2.0).
 OS/2 2.0 is a multi-tasking operating system that can substantially increase the operating speed and performance of applications such as the two educational programs. It also provides windowing functions extensively utilized in both programs.
 Both "Columbus: Encounter, Discovery and Beyond" and "Illuminated Books and Manuscripts," introduced in October 1991, began shipping in January 1992 with a fully functional prototype code. The programs currently are operational at more than 50 pilot schools across the country.
 Both programs fully exploit the capabilities of IBM's interactive multimedia and CD-ROM technologies, which bring presentations alive with text, photographs, music, sound, graphics and video.
 IBM's OS/2 2.0 enhances the operating capabilities of the two educational programs through its ability to handle many different functions simultaneously and with increased efficiency.
 "Columbus: Encounter, Discovery and Beyond" is an engaging educational experience that allows students to navigate through time and see the world as it was at the time of Columbus and how the explorer influenced the modern-day world.
 "Illuminated Books and Manuscripts" is an exploratory look at five separate works: "The Declaration of Independence," "Hamlet," "Ulysses," Dr. Martin Luther King's "Letter From Birmingham Jail," and "Black Elk Speaks," a Native American perspective.
 The two educational programs combine learning with entertainment -- linking classroom technology with the visual appeal of television and film.
 They provide students with a rich, comprehensive knowledge system -- the ability to experience a vast number of learning activities -- in essence, to engage in exploration and discovery.
 Each of the two major offerings represent some 180 hours of interactive instruction -- the equivalent of a full academic year of study. The programs are the most sophisticated and comprehensive educational offerings ever announced by IBM.
 Both of the programs are non-graded, meaning the course content can be used at virtually any grade, from elementary school through college.
 "Columbus: Encounter, Discovery and Beyond" and the "Illuminated Books and Manuscripts" series are multi-dimensional, multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary.
 This means students and teachers are afforded a panorama of visual, graphic and sound options to make the teaching and learning experience one of true discovery and exploration.
 Each of the programs also presents many points of view, including those that speak to cultural and ethnic differences. Finally, within each course there is material that pertains to several educational disciplines, including science, history, mathematics and literature.
 The programs utilize various information and records retrieval techniques. In one, the student may pause in the midst of a textual presentation and pull down an on-screen "windowed video" explanation of the meaning of a particular word, phrase or term.
 In others, the student may branch from a quick overview of a subject to an in-depth treatment of that and ancillary subjects.
 With both "Columbus: Encounter, Discovery and Beyond" and the "Illuminated Books and Manuscripts" series, students and teachers may not only view a timeline of events, but also may add their own views, thoughts and images to the computerized database.
 With "Columbus: Encounter, Discovery and Beyond," the student will receive a wide range of information about the explorer: an explanation of his life, from birth to adolescence to adulthood to death. The program also includes facts about his family, their influences on him; his wife and son and information about their lives; a review of the events in Europe when Columbus sailed, and a perspective on what the old world economy was like at the time.
 Taped interviews with his descendants and actual pages of his journal from the voyage are included, as well.
 Different points of view also are provided throughout the program on the effect that Columbus' voyage had on others, including Native Americans.
 Each of the programs can be used by individual students or teachers at computer workstations or for group presentations and discussions, using large-screen computer presentation devices.
 A computer "mouse" allows students and teachers to easily select thousands of different options and choices -- delving deeply into content that's of particular interest.
 The entertainment appeal of the IBM programs is a reflection of its content developers, both of whom have distinguished credits in multimedia, television and film.
 IBM worked closely with distinguished panels of educators and subject matter experts to assure the integrity and accuracy of educational materials contained in the programs.
 Each of the programs has a license fee of $2,857 list, ($2,000 with IBM's educational discount), and is supported by a multimedia configuration that's available as a package. The configuration includes an IBM Personal System/2(a) -- the Ultimedia M 57 SLC -- and related support systems.
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 /EDITOR'S NOTE: (a) "Columbus: Encounter, Discovery and Beyond," "Illuminated Books and Manuscripts," OS/2 2.0, and the IBM Personal System/2 are either trademarks or registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation./
 /CONTACT: Paul Evans of IBM Corporation, 404-238-3182/
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