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Several software producers have announced new developments in their lines of "multimedia products," most of which are specifically designed to aid educators in organizing information or instructional resources.

Released last month, Scholastic Hyperscreen, version 2.0, is designed to bring new multimedia capabilities to users of Apple II and ms-dos computers.

The new version of Scholastic Hyperscreen includes added features, including, at the recommendation of special-education teachers, synthesized speech.

The teachers' edition of the program costs $99.95; additional disk sets can be purchased for $25 each. Upgrades for owners of the original Hyperscreen program are available free to those who return their original disks and warranty cards to Scholastic.

The software is available from authorized dealers or by writing Inquiry Department, Scholastic Inc., P.O. Box 7502, 2931 East McCarty St., Jefferson City, Mo. 65102, or by calling (800) 541-4413.

Apple Computer Inc., meanwhile, has announced the availability of "HyperCard for Education," a specially tailored version of the popular software that is distributed with every Macintosh computer.

The new product was specifically designed for use by precollegiate educators who have little or no experience using computers.

"Before we designed it, we held several focus groups and consulted with teachers to decide which features are most important to them," said Bernard R. Gifford, Apple's vice president of education.

The new product features three sections to help teachers organize their classroom activities: lesson management, student management, and ideas.

HyperCard for Education is available from Apple free of charge, while supplies last, until Dec. 31.

To obtain more informaton, write to Intellimation, Attn: HyperCard for Education, 130 Cremona Drive, P.O. Box 1922, Santa Barbara, Calif. 93116-1922.

Users of the multimedia program "LinkWay," developed by the International Business Machines Corporation, can now correspond on a new electronic bulletin board.

"LinkWay Conference" allows users and developers to communicate new uses and applications for the software.

The bulletin board is available to anyone with a 2400- baud or less modem and a terminal program.

For more information about LinkWay Conference, or about other multimedia activity, call the ibm Multimedia Helpline at (800) 627-0920.--pw

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