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The GradeMaster scanner from Apperson Print Management Services is a low-cost, portable test-scoring machine for schools. The machine incorporates several features to simplify testing and scoring. Its PC connectivity allows a teacher to instantaneously score tests and enter the scores into PC-based grade books and district administrative databases. Its simple and quiet operation allows teachers to score tests while class is still in session.

The GradeMaster works in conjunction with Apperson's complete line of Scantron compatible test-scoring forms. The machine is ready to operate straight out of the box. Apperson is encouraging educators to check out GradeMaster with a free 30-day in-school trial, as well as a drawing for a free system. Apperson, Los Angeles, CA, (800)827-9219, www.grade master.com.

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Students and teachers who use computers frequently should pay special attention to their typing habits to avoid injury. The ergonomic Cobra Arm keyboard support mechanism is one of several products from Weber Knapp to help prevent repetitive stress injury at computer workstations. The keyboard holder attaches to a desk and requires no knobs or levers for adjustment. The keyboard tray is adjustable within a 12 1/2" range, and includes a +10/-20 degree independent keyboard tilt, a 360 degree swivel and Roller Track mounting for storage below work surfaces. Other ergonomic products are available through the company's Web site. Weber Knapp Co., Jamestown, NY,, (800) 828-9254, www.weber-knapp.com.

Electronic Response #703

From RISO, Inc. comes the FR3950[Alpha] Risograph, a digital duplicator with a fully integrated system controller that enables simple, direct connection to a PC or Mac. The FR3950[Alpha] prints color images quickly and economically, with improved image processing and high performance ink. A multi-up function allows printing of 2, 4, 8 or 16 images on a page. Several accessories are available to complement the RISO system, such as additional system controllers, a high-capacity sorter, a variable-information addressing unit, a sequential numbering system, and a device that slits, scores, perforates and numbers all in one pass.

The digital printing system blends the technologies of digital scanning, state-of-the-art electronics, and high-speed printing. It prints in 18 different spot colors at speeds of up to 120 copies per minute, for virtually the same cost as black-and-white duplication. Risographs consume less electricity than photocopying machines and easily handle diverse paper stocks. RISO, Inc., Danvers, MA, (978) 777-7377, www.riso.com.

Electronic Response #704

The ScienceWorkshop PASPORT line of sensors from PASCO is designed for the middle school science curriculum. The new products include Force, Motion, pH, Heart Rate, and Temperature Sensors. The sensors provide students with first-hand experiences with phenomena that support science teaching and facilitate data collection. …