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IBM Introduces Web-based Offering to Enhance Communication and Collaboration among Schools, Parents and Communities

Part of new "IBM at School" e-business solutions portfolio for K-12

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White Plains, NY - 15 Apr 1999: . . . IBM today introduced IBM Learning Village, a Web-based offering for K-12 schools that will create new ways to access learning and get parents and communities more involved in education. Part of the new "IBM at School" portfolio of e-business products and services for K-12, IBM Learning Village lets school districts deliver online information and interactive applications via a secure Internet-based workspace.

Harlem Consolidated Schools District #122, headquartered in Machesney Park, Illinois, is one of the first to implement IBM Learning Village. The district selected the e-business solution to give parents improved access to their children's day-to-day school activities.

"We're getting very positive feedback from all parties," said Jean Harezlak, general director of programs for Harlem Consolidated Schools District #122. "The students are excited because they're able to share more of their school life with their parents by using IBM Learning Village from home," she said.

About a third of the district's 7,000 students have PCs with Internet connections at their homes, and the district is also working with local libraries and the community center to provide computer access in public locations. Additionally Harlem Consolidated keeps several school buildings open at night to give both students and the community access to computers. (To learn more, visit www.harlem.winbgo.k12.il.us and click on Village Hall.)

IBM Learning Village consists of a series of databases, interactive applications, templates and communication tools housed in a workspace that can be accessed through browsers anytime, anywhere. With these tools:

"Schools are in the business of educating children, and we're interested in helping them to transform their systems so they can take advantage of the Web to accomplish this," said Sean C. Rush, general manager of IBM Global Education. "By integrating the Internet's simplicity and connections with the core applications that run today's schools, IBM Learning Village -- and the other components within the 'IBM at School' portfolio -- provide schools with the necessary technology and services to leverage the Internet."

"IBM at School" Portfolio

In addition to launching IBM Learning Village, IBM today unveiled its portfolio of e-business solutions for schools, called "IBM at School." The portfolio is designed to help schools transform their traditional processes and use the Web in powerful ways to enhance and integrate existing instructional and administrative systems.

The "IBM at School" portfolio includes e-business solutions in the following component areas.

The IBM Global Education group offers a wide range of products, services and solutions to higher education institutions, as well as schools, around the world. For higher education institutions, IBM offers a framework of e-business components, called IBM Global Campus, which provides an integrated education delivery and support environment for distributed learning and administrative applications. For more information please visit the following URLs: www.solutions.ibm.com/k12 or www.hied.ibm.com

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