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Dispatches: Hooking up the schools

May 31, 2000, 07:01 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Salkowski)

[ Thanks to Harry McGregor for this link. ]

"AOL's offer is called AOL@SCHOOL. It's essentially a portal site for schools, with separate home pages for primary, elementary, junior high and high school students as well as teachers and administrators."

"Each section offers links to outside Web sites under subject areas like math, science and social studies. While the sites are available without AOL's software, the package does a nice job of organizing them."

"AOL@SCHOOL also comes with free e-mail and instant messaging software. I don't know many teachers clamoring for more ways for their students to waste time, but kids will be pleased that these features can replace primitive technologies like note-passing and whispered conversation."

"These systems would run Linux, a free, open-source operating system, as well as Web browsers, e-mail clients and free educational software. Since Linux systems can be finicky, McGregor's group is devoting much of its time to making sure the systems are stable and as easy to use as a Mac or Windows PC."

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