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For teachers who are concerned about online safety, Electric SchoolHouse is offering a special Internet service. The service provides specialized tools and resources that enable teachers to customize guidelines for safe Internet travel by students. Electric SchoolHouse also offers links to top educational sites on the Web, safe communication tools for e-mail and chat rooms for children. The service can be ordered by calling (800) 569-5537.



In an effort to promote classic literature, The Penguin Group has created This new site focuses on literary classics and provides information for general readers and educators. Additionally, the site includes online interviews with prominent professors, as well as discussion areas, research and original essays. Educators are able to locate a wide range of classic literature and select books for their courses.



Josten Learning's Compass Virtual Classroom is designed to help schools extend teaching and learning beyond the classroom and into the home. The Internet-based program offers access to Jostens Learning instruction, assessment and curriculum management solutions. Students can have at-home access to learning tools and educators can plan and monitor activities from home. Lessons span a wide range of topics and grade levels. For more information, call (800) 244-0575 or visit



The release of NetOp School v1.5 adds increased speed and Windows NT support to networked classroom training. NetOp School v1.5's new options include full 32-bit compatibility and support of PCs running Windows NT, Windows 95/98 and older 16-bit Windows 3.1x PCs. NetOp School is a combination of six tools for interactive PC-based classroom instruction. Teachers can view student screens as they work, remote control a computer for one-on-one instruction, or talk with students without disrupting others. To learn more about NetOp, visit the CrossTec Web site at or call (800) 675-0729.



The announced that it will join Sun Microsystems-sponsored SchoolTone Alliance, a non-profit consortium of companies dedicated to providing low-cost, portal-based access to educational applications. For more information, contact, Inc., at (888) 679-7058 or visit their Web site at

This article originally appeared in the 08/01/1999 issue of THE Journal.