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

New Tools Make High Technology Classrooms Possible on a Budget

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

New Tools Make High Technology Classrooms Possible on a Budget

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More and more schools are attempting to move toward laptop solutions and away from computer labs that allow students only limited access to computers. The goal is true technology integration where students use their computer notebooks instead of spiral notebooks and get supplementary information from the Internet instead of from blackboards and filmstrips. However, the cost to implement this sort of move is great and many schools are unable to fund it. Following are some viable, lower-cost alternatives to give all students a chance to get their hands on the latest technology.

Perfect Solutions Software, Inc. has announced the newest in its line of affordable laptops, the Laser PC6 Wireless Laptop. New features include a number of short cut keys, including a single key to change the screen mode between the 80 by 8 column, and 30 point font of the 40 by 4 column.

The laptop is equipped with a built-in word processor that functions in a text-only format that can be exported to all other word processors. Other built-in software includes a spell checker, typing tutor, database, Lotus compatible spreadsheet and a scientific calculator. The Homework Calendar feature enables students to track their assignments, current, past or future, on the same device that holds all their word processing files.

Another important feature of the Laser PC6 is the one-key wireless upload via infrared to any desktop computer, Mac or PC. "Teachers saw more expensive devices with wireless communication and felt the necessity for this in their busy classroom," states Andrew Kramer, president of Perfect Solutions and developer of the PC6. …

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