Houston-based Compaq Computer Corporation announced plans to include Web-based learning tools and e-books with all of the computers that it sells to U.S. K-12 educational institutions.
The learning tools will be developed around author Hariett Fabrick's "Furello" books, which have been popular in Texas school districts for their usefulness in teaching K-12 students reading and vocabulary skills, as well as in teaching English as a second language.
The online materials, including e-books, student workbooks, teacher manuals, and interactive learning games, will be available through the Compaq K-12 Web site. Each new educational computer purchase will come with a user name and password giving buyers immediate access to the site.
"We believe that combining innovative educational content, such as the Furello series, with Compaq's innovative computers will create an experience for students that is unmatched in the industry," said George Warren, Compaq director of K12 education.
Education is a key market focus for Compaq, says Warren. Last year, the company announced the signing of several multimillion dollar/multi-year agreements to provide complete computing solutions to educational institutions, such as the Tracy Unified School District (TUSD) Learning Center in California.
This new announcement may have potential ramifications for the corporate e-learning industry. If Compaq next decides to pen a similar agreement with a corporate e-learning content provider, we could soon see e-learning materials bundled with every corporate computer purchase.