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NEW ORLEANS, Feb. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Ingenius, a joint venture between Reuters NewMedia Inc. and Tele-Communications, Inc. (TCI), today announced the nationwide introduction of What On Earth, the world's first daily multimedia learning resource for schools and homes.

Each weekday, What On Earth digitally delivers six selected news stories from around the world in a captivating multimedia presentation featuring photographs, text, video, sound and graphics. The first and only multimedia product delivered via digital cable-to-computer technology, What On Earth will be available to a majority of the 65,000 schools and 60 million homes that currently have cable service.

Compelling Cross-Curriculum Learning for All Grade Levels

Reflecting its emphasis on learning, What On Earth delivers timely current events articles and features written by education specialists, digital journalists and multimedia authors on-staff at Ingenius' Denver headquarters. Lesson plans and learning activities accompany each story, packaged to fit into a wide range of curriculum areas, including reading, geography, mathematics, science, languages, social studies and other core subjects.

"What On Earth is a CD-ROM quality learning resource that captures students' imaginations and gets them totally involved in the education process," said Ingenius Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Jerry E. Bennington. "With research showing that interactive technology can increase students' retention fivefold*, products like What On Earth will play a growing role in enhancing the American educational system."

Students can click on special highlighted words to bring up video news clips, word pronunciations and glossary definitions, as well as sound bites from the news makers themselves. Fun learning activities are an essential part of each exciting story, challenging students to use the information they've learned to come up with winning solutions.

Students can choose between two reading skill levels, targeted for grades four through twelve. What On Earth complements group teaching or individualized learning, making it an effective learning tool regardless of a school's student-to-computer ratio.

"What On Earth goes beyond newspapers, magazines or television news programs because it features engaging lesson plans, activities and learning games designed to help students understand how the news affects their lives and the world around them," stated Katherine King, Editor-in-Charge, Ingenius.

King noted that the stories and activities on What On Earth were especially created to build learning continuity from school to home to the real world. "Students can use What On Earth at home, alone or with their parents, making it a fun educational alternative to computer games. In other words, learning doesn't have to end at the close of the school day. Since What On Earth is available through local cable companies, parents will find it convenient to bring this cost-effective new service right into the home."

Moreover, King noted that future plans for What On Earth include periodic anthology editions on CD-ROM. She said, "What On Earth CD-ROM anthologies will archive the daily editions for teachers who can't feature current events in their classroom everyday. We expect to offer this easy access, earth-friendly archival resource in back-to-school, regular and timely editions."

Successful Track Record; Growing Market Potential

Ingenius is already well-positioned in the national educational market, which is expected to spend an estimated $4 billion* on educational technology in grades K-12 in 1995. The company is building on its current product, Xchange(TM), a 24-hour-a-day live, text-based product featuring up-to-the-minute global news from over 20 wire services and information providers.

Xchange, which complements What On Earth's content, provides important support materials to over 10,000 schools across the country via cable-to-computer technology. And, as a founder of Cable in the Classroom (CITC) programming, Ingenius delivers CITC support materials to classrooms daily via local cable systems.

Cost-Effective Learning Tool

The fee for schools to access What On Earth is only $100 per computer for an entire year. Thus, this is a cost-effective way for schools to introduce multimedia learning into their classrooms and libraries. Site licenses and network versions are also available for larger scale installation. What On Earth is an inexpensive resource for at-home learning, too, since families pay an annual fee of just $150.

As part of What On Earth's launch, Ingenius is providing educators with a number of special incentives. Free CD-ROMs featuring the Ingenius product line are currently available for demonstrating What On Earth. Ingenius is also inviting educators to be product evaluators during the first quarter of 1995. Introductory discounts will be available through summer 1995. Teachers interested in getting more information can call toll-free 1-800-7PC-NEWS or contact via the Internet:

Leading Edge Technology; State-of-the-Art-Design

According to David Ferguson, Ingenius Vice President, Technical Development, each edition of What On Earth represents a composite of five megabytes of materials, including video and sound bites, delivered via local cable television service to Ingenius data receivers (demodulators) feeding individual computers or computer networks.

"We've created a state-of-the-art multimedia design engine that delivers a high-touch, sense-rich educational experience to help students and teachers gain a new understanding of the world around them," stated Ferguson, who said that What On Earth is both Macintosh and PC compatible.

Minimum configurations for Macintosh (68020 or better) are 256 color capable @ 640-x480 resolution (13" monitor), System 7 (or greater), 5 Mb RAM (recommended), 35 Mb hard drive free space (enough space for the application and about a week's worth of editions), and 3.5" FD HD floppy drive.

For windows, PC-compatible with the following minimum configurations: 386 DX processor or better, Super VGA (640x480 w/256 colors) display, 8 Mb memory (recommended), 35 Mb free on hard drive (enough space for the application and about a week's worth of editions), Sound card and speakers, Windows 3.1 or Windows for 3.11, DOS 5.0 or greater, 3.5" high density floppy drive.

Denver-based Ingenius is a joint venture of TCI and Reuters NewMedia formed in August 1994. The company provides educational software products to schools and homes. Current products include Xchange, which delivers live text-based news and features from over 20 wire services and Information providers to schools 24-hours a day. The company's newest product is What On Earth, the first daily multimedia learning resource for schools and homes. Both products are delivered to computers via local cable television service and complement each other's content. The company plans a line of What On Earth CD-ROMs in the near future.

* Source: T.H.E. Journal.
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/CONTACT: Vibeka Gupta of Neale-May & Partners, 415-328-5555, for Ingenius/

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