Compaq Presario 2412ES
This full-featured, multimedia desktop PC, designed for the education market, is priced less than $1,000 and includes a 14-inch monitor.
The Presario 2412ES features an M II 300 MHz MMX-enhanced processor, 512 KB of L2 pipeline burst cache, 32 MB SDRAM (expandable to 256 MB), 4-GB hard drive, and 32x CD-ROM. Taking into account the space-constrained environments often found in classrooms, its chassis is roughly 15 percent smaller than previous models. It also includes a security latch so the chassis can be locked closed with a third-party cable.
The machine comes equipped with your choice of one of Compaq’s nine LearningPaq software bundles, a compilation of popular educational and desktop security software grouped by subject matter and grade level. It also offers Ethernet networking support for quick, easy internet access.
For a vivid multimedia performance, Compaq has incorporated a 128-bit graphics processor, along with the high-performance MMX processor, extra video memory, and cache. The Presario 2412ES comes standard with Windows 98 and sells for $999.
Electric Library Elementary
Infonautics Inc., creator of the Electric Library online research service, has developed a version tailored specifically for elementary schools.
Electric Library Elementary gives students and teachers the ability to search an extensive full-text collection of more than 100 magazines, newspapers, and books, plus hundreds of photographs, maps, and television transcripts. Content includes the Highlights for Children, Ranger Rick, Sports Illustrated for Kids, and Time for Kids magazines, and books such as Children Today, The World Almanac for Kids, and Young Students Learning Library.
Students and faculty can access the service from any internet connection. A 12-month site license permitting unlimited usage is $349 and interested schools may request a free 30-day trial subscription.
This filtered search engine from N2H2 is intended for middle and high schools. It combines safe searching with the immense breadth of the internet to deliver only high-quality, appropriate matches to students’ search queries.
Searchopolis searches are powered by Inktomi, a leader in back-end databases for internet search engines, and refined through N2H2’s human-powered filtering system. Inktomi’s database of more than 100 million web pages has been carefully integrated with N2H2’s list of millions of rated pages to produce a safe, appropriate database of search responses.
Searchopolis also includes indexing and research sites, up-to-the-minute news and information, and tools to help students build their own online communities.