These systems had a surprisingly long shelf life. Back in the mid-90s, I visited my son’s school and saw several them in use — more than a decade after they had been deployed.
As to the title of this post, I must admit that I have no evidence to back up the claim. But chances are, this was indeed the first networked classroom computer. And if not the first, then the first to be deployed on a large scale.
After all, how many grammar schools in those days had computer networks? For that matter, how many had computers?
ICON fact file:
- Processor: Intel 80186
- LAN protocol: ARCNET
- Input: Keyboard and trackball
- Display resolution: EGA
- Speech chip: TI TMS 5220
- File server hard drive: 10MB
- OS for client and server machines: QNX