Apple Gives Educators Easy On-Ramp to Information Superhighway - 04/1995
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Apple Gives Educators Easy On-Ramp to Information Superhighway New Internet Bundle for Educators Announced at Internet World SAN JOSE, California-April 10, 1995-Apple Computer, Inc., today brought school districts, school librarians and individual teachers within arm's reach of the Internet with the introduction of the Apple Education Series: Personal Internet Solution Bundle. The new product is the latest addition to the Apple Education Series, a suite of products and programs that help educators effectively use and integrate technology into their learning environments. Announced at Internet World '95, the Apple Education Series: Personal Internet Solution Bundle offers individual educators and schools a simple way to access the Internet, explore its resources, and share information, expertise and interests with others on the Information Superhighway. The bundle contains all the elements to make it easy for schools to connect to the Internet and access the popular Worldwide Web‹including software, an external modem, a step-by-step guide, and a trial offer from a national Internet service provider. "Educators today recognize the need to prepare students for the 21st century," says Terry Crane, Ed.D, vice president and general manager of Apple USA's Education Division. "Access to the vast resources, and repositories of information that exist on the Internet has enormous implications to education as it's challenged to help students build the skills necessary for learning and working in a global marketplace. The Apple Education Series: Personal Internet Bundle is part of Apple's ongoing commitment to provide educators with dynamic, leading-edge solutions that make it easy to use the latest technology available to them." The first thing educators will see after connecting to the program is Apple's new Learning Community Home Page, which gives users direct access to a range of general education information available on the World Wide Web. The Apple Education Series: Personal Internet Solution Bundle combines all the components necessary for schools to easily connect Macintosh computers to the Internet, and is available for a fraction of what it would cost schools to assemble all the components individually. The bundle includes: € Internet Software Package. The software includes Netscape Navigator, a Worldwide Web Browser from Netscape, Eudora by Qualcomm Internet Mail, and an Internet serial line connection package. € Local Reference CD Pack. Educators can use CD-ROM research tools such as encyclopedias in preparation for venturing onto the Internet for additional information. The CD Pack includes Time Almanac: Reference Edition from Compact Publishing, Inc., Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia from Future Vision Multimedia, Inc., INFOPEDIA from Mindscape, Inc., and Electronic Arts 3D Atlas from Electronic Arts. € Internet provider connection. The first three months of maintenance fees are waived with the connection to Portal Information Network, a national Internet provider. Subsequent months of connection can be purchased by the customer directly from Portal Information Network. The company provides over 1,500 local access numbers in the United States, allowing most educators and schools to avoid costly 800 number surcharges or long distance charges. € Modem. The bundles and the stand-alone kit include an external Global Village 14.4 modem. € Getting Started Guide. Included is an easy-to-follow guide describing in both pictures and text how to set up the modem, install the software, and create an Internet account. € Discount coupons for education reference materials: - A discount on the National School Board Associatio's Special Report "Telecommunications and Education: Surfing and the Art of Change." - A discount to purchase "Education on the Internet," a book by Jill H. Ellsworh from SAMS Publishing detailing the use of the Internet in the classroom. It includes resources by curriculum areas, and directions on how to find information on the Internet. - Three months free subscription to "Classroom CONNECT," a monthly guide to using the Internet and commercial on-line services in education, published by Wentworth Publishing, Inc. Pricing and Availability The Apple Education Series: Personal Internet Bundle is available for the Power Macintosh 5200/75 LC, the Macintosh LC 580, or as a stand-alone kit that educators can use to connect their existing Macintosh computers to the Internet. € Power Macintosh 5200/75 LC and the Macintosh LC 580 bundles includes an external Global Village 14.4 modem, Internet Software Package, Internet Access, Getting Started Guide, discounts on education reference material, and the Local Reference CD Pack. The Power Macintosh 5200/75 is priced at $1899, and the Macintosh LC 580 at $1549. Both configurations will be available in mid-May. € Stand-alone Kit includes an external Global Village 14.4 modem, Internet Software Package, Internet Access, Getting Started Guide, discounts on education reference materials, and the Local Reference CD Pack. The stand-alone kit is priced at $299 and will be available in mid-May. Other Apple Education Series products include: Business Education, the High School Biology Bundle, Elementary and Secondary Reference Bundles, Communications Bundle, Early Language Connections, Spanish Language Connections, Early Childhood Connections, Math Bundle: Grades 5-8, Education Advantage Bundles, Teacher Solution Bundle, Collaborative Learning Products, the Network Assistance Kit, Teaching and Learning Technologya Planning Guide, and Staff Development Workshops. For more information on the Apple Education Series call Apple at 1-800-800-AAPL. Headquartered in Cupertino, California, Apple Computer, Inc., (NASDAQ:AAPL) develops, manufacturers and markets personal computers, server and personal interactive electronic systems for use in business, education, the home, science, engineering and government. A recognized pioneer and innovator in the personal computer industry, Apple does business in more than 140 countries. -30- Apple, the Apple logo and Macintosh are registered trademarks, and Power Macintosh and Early Language Connections are trademarks of Apple Computer, Inc.