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PENNSYLVANIA HIGH SCHOOL INSTALLS INNOVATIVE NEW PERSONAL COMPUTER SOFTWARE

 PENNSYLVANIA HIGH SCHOOL INSTALLS
 INNOVATIVE NEW PERSONAL COMPUTER SOFTWARE
 WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., April 22 /PRNewswire/ -- A Pennsylvania high school recently became one of first in the country to provide its 500- plus students with state-of-the-art personal computer (PC) technology when they installed what is being called the industry's most advanced software product: IBM's powerful, yet easy-to-use, OS/2(A) Version 2.0 operating system. Bethel Park Senior High School in Bethel Park, Pa., decided to take advantage of this pace-setting technology when they installed the operating system in their instructional PC lab.
 OS/2 2.0 has been incorporated into the "Computer Applications" class by Business/Computer instructor Carolyn Dolinar. The course is designed for the school's freshman and sophomore students.
 "We decided to teach OS/2 2.0 because we want to keep our students current in computer technology," Dolinar said. "Since we introduced OS/2, the students are asking for more classes in this operating system. Some of our students are even coming to the lab during their study halls to learn more about OS/2."
 Bethel Park's computer lab is equipped with 28 PS/2(A) model 55SXs. At the first class, students were taught to move about in the OS/2 environment and familiarize themselves with the "drag and drop" icon approach to maneuvering through an operating system and working with files and software applications.
 Students are learning to utilize OS/2's built-in utility and personal productivity applications such as a calendar, to-do list and calculator; experiment with the basic operations in OS/2 and compare them with equivalents in the DOS environment; and to access software applications from OS/2.
 Terence M. Doran, director of Computer/Technology Education at Bethel Park, says one of his goals is for the students to understand operating systems, not just applications. "It's very commonplace to get out of high school and just know an application," Doran said. "But, if the emphasis is on operating systems, it opens up a whole new world of learning and the students are better equipped when they leave."
 The Bethel High students have responded enthusiastically. Jim Douglas, a freshman, said, "OS/2 is great! It's better than any of the DOS or Windows(B) programs. It's much easier to use and understand."
 Sophomore Marcie Kossan said, "After using OS/2, going back to DOS was boring. There are so many more options with OS/2. I really like it."
 Kimberly L. Wittig, a senior, said, "OS/2 was easy. It explained how to use it, you didn't have to read any books."
 OS/2 is an advanced 32-bit operating system that supports DOS, Windows and OS/2 applications in a single package. This advanced platform offers true multitasking, allowing concurrent execution of multiple software programs and enables users to choose from tens of thousands of applications, providing access to a tremendously broad range of software programs.
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