High-tech educational wares pushed

October 30, 1992|By Leslie Cauley | Leslie Cauley,Staff Writer

Bell Atlantic Corp. is among the 100 companies strutting its technological stuff this week at EDUCOM '92, the annual meeting on information technology in higher education being held at the Baltimore Convention Center this week.

Bell Atlantic, the parent of Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co., pushed "distance learning" in its booth. Distance learning is the idea of bringing together students in different locations for instruction by a teacher in yet another location. Although separated by geography, teacher and students are able to maintain communication.

Bell Atlantic is pushing the use of Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN) technology. ISDN is an all-digital network that integrates voice, data and imaging services on a single telephone line. The upshot is that more information can be packed and transmitted over the network.

Bell Atlantic is working with Gandalf Systems Corp. and Sun Microsystems Inc. to provide ISDN services, including those for distance learning. Bell Atlantic has teamed with a number of other high-tech companies for other ISDN applications.

ISDN is particularly well-suited for campuses, he said, because of the considerable data needs of students and faculty. Most campus networks are set up so that access to data is available only through personal computers and workstations on campus.

ISDN services would allow off-campus users to dial up data services just as easily, said Warren Pyles, Bell Atlantic's marketing manager.

Bell Atlantic said it wants to set up ISDN trials for campuses i the 1993 spring semester. The company is seeking colleges and universities interested in participating.

C&P of Maryland is looking into setting up distance learning for several inner-city schools in Baltimore. C&P President Frederick D'Alessio said recently that the company was interested in creating distance-learning classes on the the arts, an area typically short-changed in many city schools.

EDUCOM '92 is expected to attract about 2,500 representatives of colleges and universities by the time the show ends tomorrow.

In addition to Bell Atlantic, the more than 100 companies exhibiting high-tech wares for the classroom include International Business Machines Corp., Apple Computer Inc., Microsoft Corp. and Digital Equipment Corp.

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