McGraw-Hill Education, a publisher of preK-12 curriculum materials, and network computing systems provider Sun Microsystems have announced a promotional agreement. Under the agreement, K-12 schools that purchase Sun Microsystems Sun Ray thin-client appliances will receive free web-based content from McGraw-Hill. The promotion runs from Feb. 1 to June 30, 2001.

The program is designed to install and support a turnkey, grade-specific solution for K-12 schools, integrating McGraw-Hill’s web-based content and eLearning tools in an instructional platform that can be accessed via Sun Ray appliances, providing educators with high-quality content on an easy-to-use and cost-effective tool.

The program was launched in January in the school district of Maui County, Hawaii, and at the Celebration School in Orlando. These schools, which already use Sun Ray devices, will integrate McGraw-Hill Education content into their daily curriculum. The promotion is now available to existing and new Sun Ray customers through June 30.

“McGraw-Hill Education is focused on combining our superior content with technology to create affordable, effective, and easy to use tools that enhance learning and teaching. As internet access in schools continues to grow, so will the need for solutions that blend classroom-specific content and technology. Our premium content and services will complement Sun Microsystems’ technology solution,” said Robert Evanson, president of McGraw-Hill Education.

As part of the promotion, McGraw-Hill Education will provide a variety of free services that will include interactive lesson planners, web-based test generators, student report programs, teacher gradebooks, and school web site building capabilities. McGraw-Hill Education’s educational content also will be available through the service.

The Sun Ray appliances provide centralized administration at a reduced overall cost, Sun officials said. The “plug-and-work” devices require no client administration or upgrades, while at the same time putting the power of the server on students’ desktops.