[TitleWatch] [MultiMedia Schools]
March/April 2001
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by Kathie Felix, News/Reviews Editor 
TitleWatch 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 Kathie Felix at 5746 Union Mill Rd., PMB 605, Clifton, VA 20124 or to kfelix@infotoday.com.

(All titles are CD-ROM unless otherwise noted.)


ClassWorks Gold Mississippi Edition is the third in a series of customized state editions of the original ClassWorks Gold program. The new open learning system for grades K-8 features 18 sequences of spiraling curriculum in math and language arts specifically correlated to Mississippi's state standards. The program, with a library of more than 180 educational software titles from nearly 20 publishers, generates reports on student progress relevant to state standards. Mac and Win 95/98/Windows 2000 Professional/NT 4/ME. Custom pricing plans.Curriculum Advantage/Knowledge Adventure, 888/221-0802 or http://www.KnowledgeAdventure.com/.

TimeLiner 5.0, the latest edition of the timeline creating software for grades K-12, offers new features to help students create, illustrate, and print timelines. The new options include a graphics library of more than 400 historical photographs and clip art, as well as the ability to import images from the Web, use movies and sounds for multimedia timelines, and re-size graphics to fit any timeline. Internet links can be established from any event in the timeline. Timelines can be converted into slide shows with the click of a button. The bilingual program switches instantly between Spanish and English. Mac/Win hybrid CD-ROM. Mac/Win Network version. $80—single computer. $200—license, five computers. $350—license, 10 computers. $700—network license. $800—site license. Tom Snyder Productions, 800/342-0236 or http://www.tomsnyder.com/.

*Early Learning

Discover Literacy introduces and reinforces pre-primer reading skills for grades PreK-2 using explicit instruction models designed to help students build literacy. The program's 6- to 8-week instruction packages offer students many opportunities for practice and repetition. An alternate keyboard, the Discover:Board, is required to run the program. Each package includes a picture book, teacher guide, full-color overlays for the Discover:Board or Key Largo, and a CD with Discover set-ups. Three Little Books lesson bundles are available: A Day at Play, On a Green Bus, and Out and About. Mac/Win hybrid CD-ROM. $139—single copy price. Don Johnston, 800/999-4660 or http://www.donjohnston.com/.

JumpStart Artist introduces students in grades K-3 to the elements and principles of art, art history, the cultural significance of art, and art production and display. Featuring curriculum based on the National Standards for Arts Education, the program helps students to develop an understanding of basic art concepts using a collection of famous artworks, folk art, and cultural crafts from around the world. Activities focus on drawing, painting, quilting, puppetry, and collage. Mac/Win hybrid CD-ROM. $50—teacher edition with two copies of the software. $120—lab pack, five users. $325—site license, 15 users. Knowledge Adventure, 800/545-7677 or http://www.KnowledgeAdventure.com/.

PokeyToes Corner, created for students in grades K-3, focuses on early reading and writing skills. Young learners are guided through the program's activities by Pokey, the turtle from Turtle Magazine. The activities include a Magazine Stand, Street Performers Corner, Word Arcade, and Picture Show. A total of 10 themes are included, covering 160 stories, poems, and articles from magazines such as Turtle, Children's Playmate, Jack and Jill, and Humpty Dumpty. A free demonstration CD-ROM is available at http://www.Web4School.com/. EBSCO Publishing, 800/653-2726 or http://www.ebsco.com/.

To Market, To Market, for grades PreK-3, invites young learners to compare, count, and quantify their way through a colorful open-air market. As children progress through the program's levels, they gradually increase their use of number lines, counting, addition, and subtraction. Successful transactions are rewarded with coupons and Magic Math Machines that can be used to create and share animated mathematical movies. Development of the program was supported by the National Science Foundation. Windows CD-ROM. $59—school version, stand-alone. $20—additional CDs. Learning in Motion, 800/560-5670 or http://www.learn.motion.com/.

*Language Arts

The Step into History Series, part of the Start-to-Finish Library series, expands with the launch of Set 3. The titles in this set offer biographical stories that illustrate how individuals can affect history, as well as the way we live today. The new volumes include The Story of Anne Frank, The Tuskegee Airmen, and The Japanese Americans: Prisoners in Their Own Home. The series includes three books (one copy of three titles), three CDs (one of each title), three audiocassettes (one of each title), and three teacher's guides. $174—Set 3 (all three titles), single user. $65—individual titles, single user. Bulk pricing is available. Don Johnston, 800/999-4660 or http://www.donjohnston.com/.

The Riverdeep Language Arts series has added two new titles for grades 6-8. Write for Your Life offers a practical exploration of the writing process that helps students learn to write critically and creatively in a variety of genres for different audiences. Editor's Desk provides a virtual publisher's office where students learn editing skills that reinforce grammar and structure. The programs, based on the teachings and philosophy of author and Harvard educator James Moffett, emphasize the fundamentals of grammar, expository and creative writing, and editorial revision. The titles are available online and on CD-ROM. Online subscriptions begin at $20 per student per year. Riverdeep, 800/564-2587 or http://www.riverdeep.net/.

The Writer's Resource Library, a seven-part tool for students in grades 4 and up, allows quick access to factual information and practical advice designed to help and inspire the writing process. The Library includes a dictionary, thesaurus, rhyming dictionary, and almanac. A language "road map" illustrates the writing process, the practical application of grammar, and the proper use of reference materials. Also included are a Lexicon with definitions of language arts terms and a Personal Notebook for recording information. Mac/Win hybrid CD-ROM. $70—single CD-ROM or 10 CD lab pack. $600—unlimited/network license. Sunburst Technology, 800/338-3457 or http://www.sunburst.com/.


Mastering Skills & Concepts, Course III, Numbers and Number Sense, developed for grades 4-6, is the newest addition to the Destination MATH series. The program offers material designed to meet 127 learning objectives in numbers and number sense, fractions, decimals, probability, statistics, and geometry. Designed around mathematics standards at the national, state, and local levels, the Destination MATH series focuses on the "how" and "why" of math. The newest title is available online and on CD-ROM. Online subscriptions begin at $20 per student per year. Free trial memberships are available. Riverdeep, 800/564-2587 or http://www.riverdeep.net/.

Graph Master, designed for grades 4-8, allows students to graph, analyze, and compare data to solve problems. Youngsters can collect and enter data; select the appropriate variables, scale, and graph type; and analyze the data with the program's filter, sort, and compare features. A built-in notebook can be used to record observations, conclusions, and answers to problems. Mac/Win hybrid CD-ROM.Mac/Win Network version. $60—single computer, special introductory pricing. $200—license, five computers. $350—license, 10 computers. $700—network license. $800—site license.Tom Snyder Productions, 800/342-0236 or http://www.tomsnyder.com/.

Math Blaster Ages 7-9 extends the series with more than 2,000 math problems and puzzles aligned with the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) updated educational standards. The activities cover skills including basic addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division; complex addition and subtraction; fractions, decimals, and percentages; estimation; identifying equivalents; measurement; data interpretation (graphs and tables); geometry (geometric figures, congruency, and symmetry); problem-solving; and logic. Five skill levels are included, with a Smart Chart that provides a means of monitoring the skill level ofindividual students. Mac/Win hybrid CD-ROM. $60—teacher edition with two copies of the software and a teacher guide with 17 lesson plans. $140—lab pack, five users. $325—site license, 15 users. $700—network version.Knowledge Adventure, 800/545-7677 or http://www.KnowledgeAdventure.com/.

Ratio & Proportion, designed for students in grades 5-8, helps youngsters understand that ratio comparisons are based on multiplication and division. The program's activities present ratios in real-life situations that describe ratios in verbal and symbolic representations and help students to develop proportional thinking skills. Students work with ratios in charts, as ordered pairs, and as fractions and decimals. A teacher's guide provides discussion plans and assessment suggestions. Mac/Win hybrid CD-ROM. $100—single user or 10-user lab pack, special pricing until 7/31/01. Sunburst Technology, 800/321-7511 or http://www.sunburst.com/.


eMedia Bass Method provides instruction in bass guitar and the art of creating a musical bass line. The program is designed for beginners new to the bass, as well as bass players interested in learning to systematically construct an interesting bass accompaniment. Step-by-step lessons, an animated fretboard, recorded audio, and variable-speed MIDI audio are supplemented by full motion video with accomplished bassist John Arbo demonstrating technique. Also included are an automatic tuner, recorder, and metronome. Mac/Win hybrid CD-ROM. $60—Single user.eMedia Music Corp., 206/329-5657 or http://www.emediamusic.com/.


The school edition of the Year 2001 Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia includes a 143-page, all-new Teacher's Guide and online access to articles in Grolier's Encyclopedia Americana and The New Book of Knowledge. Additional new program features include a Research Center with 140 curriculum-based research starters, a Topic Navigator that editorially organizes 150,000 articles and media entries, 137 Timelines and Chronologies, and The American Heritage Spanish Dictionary and Enhanced Roget's U.S. Electronic Thesaurus. $80—single copy, CD-ROM for Macintosh and Windows. $180—lab pack, five users. $330—lab pack, 10 users. $899—lab pack, 10 users or a Windows-only 50-user network version.Scholastic/Grolier, 800/371-3908 or http://www.scholastic.com/.


Millie Meter's Nutrition Adventure, for ages 4-8, teaches youngsters why they are what they eat. The program's six games offer a journey through the human digestive system where students can discover everything they need to know about food, nutrition, and digestion. Millie Meter, their guide on the journey, has the unique ability to shrink in size to examine the world in microscopic detail. Edited by the American Dietetic Association, the program answers key questions such as "Why does your stomach growl?" The multilingual CD-ROM offers all content in English, French, and German. Mac/Win hybrid CD-ROM. $20—single user. Lab packs and site licenses available.Tivola Electronic Publishing, 877/848-6520 or http://www.tivola.com/.

*Social Studies/History

EBSCOlearn Cobblestone brings the award-winning children's magazine to the computer as part of the EBSCOlearn Social Studies series. The standards-based program for grades 4-8 is designed to enhance student comprehension of American history, civics, and government and to aid in the improvement of standardized test-taking skills. Thematic units include the Constitution, the First Amendment, Freedom of Religion, Young People's Rights and Responsibilities, Immigration, Volunteering, the Media's Role in Shaping Public Agenda, Civil Rights, Conflict and Resolution, the Breakdown of Ideals, Outstanding American Citizens, Harnessing the Power of the People, Leading a Nation, and The U.S. as a World Power. Each of the program's 100 full-text, nonfiction articles includes a Lexile reading level to ensure that students are reading appropriately challenging materials. EBSCOlearn Cobblestone is available on CD-ROM or online. EBSCO, 800/653-2726 or http://www.ebsco.com/.


Dreamweaver 4 allows educators without a programming background to create visually appealing course and school Web sites. The program's pre-built templates offer a professional look for district, school, or classroom Web pages. Easy-to-install Dreamweaver extensions created by professional Web developers are available online at the Dreamweaver Exchange [http://www.macromedia.com/dreamweaver/]. $99—education price, single user. Volume education discounts are available.Macromedia, 415/252-2000 or http://www.macromedia.com/.

Flash 5, the professional standard for producing on the Web, can be used to design and deliver low-bandwidth Web sites with powerful animation and fast-moving graphics. Students can work with the program to develop Web-related graphics and animation skills; educators can build online learning opportunities. Free developer-created extensions are available online at the Flash Exchange [http://www.macromedia.com/flash/]. $99—education price, single user. Volume education discounts are available.Macromedia, 415/252-2000 or http://www.macromedia.com/.

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