Under the agreement, BASCOM's core technology will be integrated with Acer's server hardware to form Safe Harbor by Acer, a solution providing curriculum-based management and secure, high-performance network connectivity to K-12 schools. This solution will serve as a foundation for Acer's Empowered Classroom, a line of educational solutions designed for today's technology-driven learning environment.
A wide range of features powered by BASCOM's core software technology will enable the solution to address both instructional and network needs found in today's K-12 schools. As a solution for curriculum-based management, Safe Harbor by Acer includes BASCOM's Access Management Engine (AME) and Global Chalkboard. While the AME enables educators to select and focus access on Internet content and services meeting their specific needs, the Global Chalkboard provides an Internet starting point of curriculum-categorized Web sites, selected under the supervision of an education advisory board.
"I would think the public schools would be a great market for that [type of product]" said Jim Nail, a senior analyst for market her Forrester Research, in reference to Safe Harbor by Acer's curriculum-based management features. "Teachers often look over students' shoulders as they browse the Web, or require children to keep track of sites they visited."
In addition to its instructional features, Safe Harbor by Acer provides a drop-in solution for networked access, enabling workstations to communicate efficiently with the Internet through a single gateway. As features of the core software technology, a fully integrated proxy cache and firewall address the network security and classroom productivity needs raised by K-12 technology deployment.
The pre-configured firewall affords complete protection of a school's internal network and its sensitive information. This is accomplished through a secure 'multiple LAN' configuration, ensuring that information stored on school networks remains protected from outside access while still allow-ing schools to enjoy all of the Internet services they need. Also pre-configured and fully integrated, the proxy cache preserves often-accessed Web pages locally, making them more readily accessible in a time-critical classroom environment. The resulting bandwidth savings enable schools to gain better performance out of less expensive access connections.
By providing a host of automatic services from Internet-delivered software upgrades to remote configuration back-ups, a Software Subscription Service ensures that school technology coordinators and other administrative staff receive an essentially maintenance-free solution.
"Acer's hardware will provide a stable foundation educators can rely on," said Peter Cirasole, BASCOM's president, "while Acer's focus on education is a perfect match with our founding commitment to the K-12 community."
About the Global ChalkboardBASCOM's Global Chalkboard is an innovative and flexible teaching tool that uses the Internet for learning. The Global Chalkboard provides immediate access to educational Web sites and builds Web-enriched lessons mapped to curriculum goals and state standards.
The Global Chalkboard is both flexible and easy to use. It offers a novice user immediate access to educational sites with the Web Library; it offers an intermediate user prepackaged, ready-to-use BASCOM lessons; and it offers an advanced user a method of building their own, web-based lessons using the Global Chalkboard's Lesson Creator.
BASCOM Global Internet Services, Inc. is a software development company specializing in curriculum-based, Internet management solutions for K-12 schools. From our beginning in 1996, BASCOM has focused on producing, next-generation, curriculum tools for the K-12 education market.
BASCOM's goal is to help children become successful learners by safely extracting the educational content of the Web. This is accomplished by building Internet teaching tools based on input we've received from K-12 educators. We are constantly adapting our products to meet the changing needs of today's teachers.
BASCOM is a privately held company located in Hauppauge, New York. For more information, visit www.bascom.com