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lists recently released educational software products that relate to the
K-12 curriculum. This list is primarily but not exclusively comprised of
CD-ROM products; other formats (diskettes, videodiscs) are noted in the
text. Suggestions for entries and press releases should be addressed to
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(All titles are CD-ROM unless otherwise noted.)
Aspects of Religion, developed for high school students, explores eight religions--Judaism, Islam, Sikhism, Shintoism, Confucianism, Hinduism, Christianity, and Buddhism--in terms of how specific issues are addressed by each religion. Students can explore topics such as war and peace, crime and punishment, prejudice, lifestyle, and the sanctity of life. Windows only.
Exploring World Religions covers the same information in a format suitable for upper-elementary and middle-school students. Windows or Mac. Both programs include more than 1,000 photographs, maps, illustrations, and pages of text, as well as personal interviews. $70--single copy price. Tool Factory, 800/220-8386 or http://www.toolfactory.com/.
Disney's Zoog Genius series allows students ages 9 to 12 to join the Zoog Disney characters in a quiz-show game that features hundreds of multiple choice questions based on curriculum supplied by McREL, the specialists in state educational standards.
Teachers can either download
questions for inclusion into the quizzes or can insert their own questions.
All questions can be read aloud during the game. The two titles in the
series are Disney's Zoog Genius Language Arts, History & Geography
and Disney's Zoog Genius Math, Science & Technology. Mac/Win hybrid
CD-ROM. $20--single copy. Disney Interactive, 800/228-0988 or http://www.disneyinteractive.com/.
Clifford Learning Activities lets children ages 4 to 6 help Clifford, the Big Red Dog, perform good deeds. Youngsters follow Clifford and his friends to seven different locations where 10 activities allow the children to practice early developmental skills such as math, reading, sorting, matching, creativity, and word building. Mac/Win hybrid CD-ROM. $20--single copy. Scholastic, 800/Scholastic, or http://www.scholastic.com/.
Disney's Phonics Quest for ages 5 to 8 combines Disney characters, voice-recognition technology, and phonics-based reading principles. Mickey Mouse stars as the Sorcerer's Apprentice; players must complete six activities to help him retrieve items that he's lost. Along the way, youngsters learn letter and sound recognition, vocabulary, spelling, word building, long and short vowels, and reading comprehension. Mac/Win hybrid CD-ROM. $20--single copy. Disney Interactive, 800/228-0988 or http://www.disneyinteractive.com/.
I Spy Treasure Hunt transports
children ages 6 to 10 to the seaside town of Smuggler's Cove where they
can embark on three separate adventures in search of hidden pirate treasures.
As youngsters explore the town and play 60 challenging I Spy riddles, pieces
of three mysterious treasure maps are revealed. Children must use mapping
and problem-solving skills to assemble the pieces and follow the clues
to discover the treasures left behind by the town's legendary pirates.
Mac/Win hybrid CD-ROM. $30--single copy. Scholastic, 800/Scholastic,
Exploring Literary Worlds:
Early American Voices, for grades 10-12, allows students to explore
the history, culture, language, genres, and themes of American literature
from the years 1500 to 1800. Special emphasis is given to the interaction
of Native American, European, and African cultures. Students work with
skills in research, critical thinking, expository writing, and classroom
presentations. Windows CD-ROM, intranet-based. For Windows or Novell servers.
First year fee (per product per school): $53 for less than 300 students,
$104 for 300-599 students, $175 for 600-999 students, and $263 for 1,000
students or more. Renewal fees range from $16 for less than 300 students
to $70 for 1,000 or more students. SAS inSchool, 888/760-2515 or http://www.SASinSchool.com/software/.
Graph Master Data Sets are now available to accompany the Graph Master software program that allows students in grades 4-8 to graph and compare data. The 50 data sets are tied to curriculum areas and cover a range of topics, including American and world history, immigration and population, geography, animals and plants, earth and space. Also included are a teacher's guide in .pdf format and access to Graph Master Online--a Web site with tips, links to more data, and activities. Mac/Win hybrid CD-ROM. $40--single computer license. $100--five computer license. $150--10 computer license. Network and site licenses are available. Tom Snyder Productions, 800/342-0236 or http://www.tomsnyder.com/.
Stickybear Numbers Deluxe
introduces the world of numbers to children in pre-K through 1st grade.
Youngsters are introduced to counting, number recognition, writing, and
sequencing with interactive activities that focus on numbers 0-9 for early
learners and 0-30 as number recognition increases. Teachers can target
specific skills to build understanding. Windows only. $42--home version,
single copy. $100--school version, two CDs and lesson plan binder. $270--lab
pack, six CDs and lesson plan binder. $700--site license, 30 CDs and lesson
plan binder. Optimum Resource, Inc., 843/689-8000 or http://www.stickybear.com/.
American Scrapbook: Detroit
Memories Vol. 1, for grades 4-12, examines Detroit and the urban America
of 100 years
ago. The disc explores working in a factory, attending school,
and interacting with family and friends in the city. Topics include ethnic and diverse cultures, women in the workforce, manufacturing, local theaters, science and technology, Packard automobiles, immigration, parks and recreation, and education.
A teacher's edition with a study guide is available. $40--single copy. Archive Impact, 888/467-2281 or http://www.archiveimpact.com/.
Online is now available on CD-ROM. The six most popular titles from
the series designed for grades 5-10 are available on disc: Cloning,
Energy and the Environment, Death Penalty, Genetically Engineered Food,
Gun Control, and Juvenile Crime. A printed teacher's guide and
links to the Decisions, Decisions Online site are included. Hybrid Mac/Win
CD-ROM. $30--Single computer license, each title. Network versions are
available. Tom Snyder Productions, 800/342-0236 or http://www.tomsnyder.com/.
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