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NEA Endorses PS/1 for Teacher Use; Mac Endorsement Due Soon

Magazine article Technology & Learning

NEA Endorses PS/1 for Teacher Use; Mac Endorsement Due Soon

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NEA ENDORSES PS/1 FOR TEACHER USE> MAC ENDORSEMENT DUE SOON

A little over a year ago the National Education Association (NEA) released a report calling for a computer on every teacher's desk by 1991. subsequently, this powerful organization issued a request to computer companies to submit proposals for hardware/software bundles that NEA could endorse and promote as machines that would enhance teacher productivity. Altogether five companies submitted proposals.

At NEA's national convention this past July, president Keith Geiger announced that the NEA would be endorsing two computers -- one from Apple and one from IBM -- for purchase by their membership. However, when the announcement was made, only one of the two machines -- IBM's new PS/1 -- wa available. The Apple computer that NEA plans to endorse is one of the new low-end Macs that Apple has promised but hasn't yet announced. If all goes well, the new NEA-endorsed Macintosh will be available later this fall.

The NEA endorsement program, called EdStar, is designed to provide teachers with the assurance that "if you buy one of these machines, you know you are buying a high-quality computer suitable for teacher use," says Gary Watts, NEA's assistant executive director for professional and organizational development. According to Watts, NEA has worked closely with both IBM and Apple t bundle the right combination of hardware and software options to create cost-effective teacher packages.

The EdStar PS/1 package, for example, includes a specially configured, top-of-the-line PS/1. This means that it comes with one megabyte of RAM, a 30-mega-byte fixed disk, and IBM's new VGA color display, as well as the rest of the PS/1's standard features (see our News Extra on page 10 for a complete list of PS/1 features and options). Teachers who buy their computers through the EdStar program will also have two printer options to choose from. …

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