Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Option to Networking Proves Easy to Install

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Option to Networking Proves Easy to Install

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Option to Networking Proves Easy to Install

"The hardest part was getting the covers off the back of the Apple IIgs!" Joe Dunne laughs as he recalls the most difficult part of installing the 48 IIeasy Print printer-sharing cards from PaceMark Technologies, Inc. located in Chicago, Ill. "It was a very simple procedure, really," he adds, "Four computers and one printer can be hooked together in five minutes once you've done it a few times."

Dunne, the supervisor of computers and technology for Howell Township Public Schools in Howell, N.J., was responsible for finding an inexpensive alternative to networking the computers in the district's eight K-8 schools' computer labs together. And he wanted to avoid using A/B switch boxes to control printer sharing between the 25 Apple IIGS computers in each lab because the boxes are too often misused by students.

* MECC Endorsement

Howell Township had joined MECC in 1989 to take advantage of the site licensing available for the company's software programs. The schools currently implement 34 of the MECC curriculum programs covering subjects such as math, geography and science. Dunne was very pleased with MECC, finding them to be "in tune with what schools want to accomplish." For this reason, he kept track of other products the company endorsed.

Teachers no longer have to coordinate the printing of each student's work.

It was while browsing through a MECC, Etc. catalog that Dunne noticed the PaceMark cards. "I thought, `this is exactly what we want,'" he says. "The IIeasy Print cards look good and had buffers." The latter feature appealed to him since the schools' sixth, seventh and eighth graders used computers for word processing instruction. With IIeasy Print they could download their assignments to the print buffer and continue working on the next assignment.

In July of 1990, Dunne began purchasing the IIeasy products; by mid-October all eight labs were up and running. Each lab has six Image Writer II printers, one connected to every four Apple IIGS computers. …

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