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

District's Software Investment Preserved Thanks to DOS Emulation Software

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

District's Software Investment Preserved Thanks to DOS Emulation Software

Article excerpt

Four years ago Pat Barrow, the instructional technology program specialist for Guilford County Schools in Greensboro, N.C., was faced with an all-too-common problem--she had approximately 130 pre-XT IBM computers that had become obsolete. While the decision had been made to replace the aging machines with new Mac LC computers, the problem lay in the fact that she now had over $100,000 invested in DOS software and no DOS computers to run them.

Around that time one of Barrow's specialists attended a conference and watched a demonstration of Mountain View, Calif.-based Insignia Solution's SoftPC program, a DOS-platform emulation program for Macintosh computers. The approach intrigued her. "I had heard of using a card in an IBM to make it think it was an Apple. This was the opposite approach-using software to make the Mac think it was an IBM."

Guilford County purchased 16 Mac computers for each of eight computer labs; they also bought 30 copies of SoftPC for the first two labs. After using the program and being pleased with its performance, Barrow continued to purchase SoftPC in ten-packs. Currently, over 230 Mac LCs--for both student labs and administrational use--run the program.

The icing on the cake for Barrow is that Mac LCs also run Apple IIe software. Now she has access to three platforms with just one computer and SoftPC.

* Benefits Abound

Barrow describes the benefits of SoftPC as being two-fold. "We had a very large base of IBM software that was still usable," she explains-an SAT package that stressed vocabulary building and critical thinking, IQ Builder and the IBM Science Series, Each school in the district has its own library of such software, some of which were purchased as a site license. …

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