Magazine article Multimedia & Internet@Schools

The Education Desktop

Magazine article Multimedia & Internet@Schools

The Education Desktop

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Company: LearningStation, Inc., 8008 Corporate Center Dr., Suite 210, Charlotte, NC 28226. Phone: (888) 679-7058; Fax: (704) 927-5401; Internet: http://www.learningstation.com.

Price: The Education Desktop can be customized to deliver a variety of tools starting at a basic price of $1,500 per site. School, district, and statewide licenses are available.

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Installation       A
Content/Features   A
Ease of Use        A
Product Support    A

Audience: Elementary-high school teachers and students.

Format: Online access with user name and password.

Minimum System Requirements: Computer with Internet access and browser; some additional software may be required to take advantage of linked programs.

Description: The Education Desktop is a customized Internet portal for teachers and students that provides access to education-appropriate applications and tools.

Reviewer Comments:

Installation: Installation is easy; users access LearningStation.com on the Internet and log in with a password.

Teachers or administrators can log in and set up a page that links to selected bookmarked sites and programs. The customized page will become the home page; students will find this page when they open their browsers and log in. Installation Rating: A

Content/Features: The Education Desktop provides the home page that all teachers want to have to guide students to safe Internet sites and user-friendly programs.

The desktop provides a portal with icons that link to the home page, system messages, support files and options, live online help, preferences, and the log out feature. Administrative tools, bookmark functions, and a School News message box are included. Also offered is access to a Web search tool (schools may choose to link a subscription tool here) and Education Backpack, an online file management system with Internet-based personal storage.

Educators can customize their home pages to cover curriculum topics and state standards. Individual teachers maintain control of their students' links, even when the program is adopted by an entire state, district, or school.

With the bookmark feature, teachers can add bookmarks to guide students directly to specific Web sites. The bookmarks can be added for specific lessons and deleted and replaced as other sites are needed during the school year.

The Education Desktop can be linked to a variety of programs purchased from LearningStation as well as to programs provided by other sources. LearningStation offerings cover subject areas such as language arts, mathematics, and typing and include online resources such as netTrekker and Questia. …

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