Big Blue Is Trying Hard To Be The Teacher's Pet

Although IBM emphasizes that the PS/2 is the computer for America's schoolchildren, it looks like the newer, less expensive PS/1 may be good enough for America's teachers. The company has signed an agreement with the National Education Assn. to sell PS/1s to teachers under the NEA's EdStar program, which aims to make educators more familiar with computers. "They don't want to be embarrassed by 12-year-olds who know more about computers than they do," says Anthony E. Santelli, IBM vice-president for new business development. The $2,249 PS/1 package for the NEA will come with a printer and special software that isn't available through PS/1 dealers. NEA members will also help train teachers to use their new computers.

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