K-12 World Server Grant
NEC Computer Systems Division and JDL Technologies have teamed up to offer 20 Express5800 K-12 World Internet Access Servers through a grant program open exclusively to schools. The grants include a complete solution featuring NEC Express5800 server hardware, JDL’s K-12 World CyberLibrary Server software with SmartFilter option, one day of on-site installation, one year of monthly SmartFilter updates, and one year of toll-free support. Applications are due to JDL by April 30. Contact: JDL Technologies, 5555 West 78th Street, Suite E, Edina, MN 55349-2702; fax (612) 946-1835; eMail NECgrant@jdltech.com.
SolidWorks High School Grant Program
SolidWorks Corp., a leading provider of 3-D computer-aided design (CAD) software, will award 200 licenses of its software to qualifying high schools that have instructional CAD programs. The licensing package includes SolidWorks 98Plus, a Windows-based 3-D mechanical design product; PhotoWorks, an integrated rendering application; a set of SolidWorks 98Plus training manuals; and one year of educational subscription service and support from an authorized SolidWorks reseller. Complete information and an application form are available on the company’s web site. Applications will be accepted through May 31, 1999.
Milken Educator Virtual Workspace
The Milken Educator Virtual Workspace (MEVW), a product of the Milken Family Foundation, is a collaborative software program that allows you to use the web to create and participate in online learning communities. Previously available only to recipients of the foundation’s National Educator Award for use in distance education and professional development projects, MEVW is now free to anyone who submits an educational project proposal and obtains the foundation’s approval. MEVW requires a Netscape Navigator 4.0 or Internet Explorer 4.0 or higher web browser.
Global Schoolhouse Software Offer
The Global SchoolNet Foundation (GSN), a nonprofit public service corporation, is offering free software to members of its Global Schoolhouse, which provides meaningful opportunities for using the internet to improve teaching and learning. Joining the Global Schoolhouse is free, and members are eligible to receive unlimited copies of selected software titles by paying only the cost of shipping and handling. According to GSN, new titles are available each month. February’s titles included “Reader Rabbit: Math Journey,” “Success Builder: Algebra,” and “Compton’s Complete Reference Collection.”
MAGIX Software Grant
MAGIX Entertainment Corp. is offering its MAGIX Music Maker and Music Studio software free of charge to any interested high schools. The software allows students to compose, arrange, mix, and record their own musical creations on a computer using different genres of royalty-free music samples. The free CD-ROM contains software retailing at more than $100.