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IBM GEARS 2 COMPUTERS TOWARD CLASSROOM USE

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IBM says it will begin to market two new personal computers specifically designed for classroom use.

The company said the multimedia computers, which combine video, sound, text, animation and graphics, are designed to encourage students to take an active role in learning.The IBM EduQuest Thirty-five is a basic multimedia system that can be used for personal computing or networked with other systems. The Fifty-five model is more advanced, offering a wider array of options and system functions, the company said.

Both models can be upgraded to include such features as CD-ROM or more memory capability.

IBM, based in Armonk, N.Y., is the largest computer maker in the world.