Free Materials

The QED Education Network, which debuted this fall, is a unique "gathering place" for educators and the organizations that serve them. The Web site ( contains legislative updates, success stories, professional development news and much more.

One component, the National Education Database, includes information on every K-12 school in the U.S. and Canada. For example, before applying for a grant, find out the percentage of students in the district that qualify for free lunch programs. Discussion forums let visitors share insights and opinions about important topics. Quality Education Data, a division of Peterson's, last month released the National School Technology Report Card, completed in cooperation with 30+ state departments of education.

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For a limited time, readers can get a free VHS recorder or color monitor when they purchase select LCD products from JVC Professional. The offer applies to LX-D500U and LX-D300U projectors and the AV-P700U video presenter.

Purchase any of these units before December 31, 1997, and receive your choice of one SR-336OU Hi-Fi VHS recorder or TM-131SU 13" color video monitor. For details, call a local JVC dealer or (800) JVC-5825.

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National Instruments has published a free 14-page white paper examining the use of the advanced peripheral component interconnect (PCI) bus for high-speed, accurate data acquisition. Topics addressed include PCI system architecture, bus mastering, system design, driver design and memory issues.

Authored by National Instruments engineers, "Doing PCI Right: the Advantages of MITE-Based PCI Data Acquisition" also discusses what system level problems are not solved by PCI and what can be done to overcome them. To obtain a copy of the paper (Part No. 341312B-01), send e-mail to or call (800) 258-7022.

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This article originally appeared in the 12/01/1997 issue of THE Journal.