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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.)
updates the program that allows students in grades 1-5 to create maps of existing
or imaginary places. The new version allows students to record their own voices
to provide narration or directions, as well as to import files including sound
photos, graphics, and movies. More than 20 standards-aligned activities in social studies, math, and language arts have been added. Additional new features include the ability to choose between English or Spanish language; the ability to link to the Internet from any map symbol; Web posting functions that allow the sharing of interactive maps on the Internet; multiple map symbols; pre- and post-tests for student assessment; online standards correlation reports for each activity; audio narration for all activities; and OS X and Windows XP compatibility. Mac/Win CD-ROM. ATeacher's Guide is included. $80single computer license. $700 network license. Tom Snyder Productions, 800/342-0236 or http://www.tomsnyder.com/.
Ten Tricky Tiles for
grades K-3 helps students to develop arithmetic and logic skills with three
levels of activities that involve solving sets of number sentences. Working
with vertical and horizontal tile games, students complete a series of randomly
generated number sentences.
An on-screen calculator and a Hint button are available to test answers. After a third incorrect attempt, the correct answer is provided. The final level presents a mathematical crossword puzzle with four horizontal and four vertical sentences. Teachers and students can create their own tile games with the blackline masters included in the Teacher's Guide. Mac/Win CD-ROM. CD or online download versions available. $90single computer or lab pack of 10. $700network or school unlimited license. Sunburst, 800/321-7511 or http://www.sunburst.com/.
Key Skills for Math
for grades K-2 is the first program in a seriesdesigned to reinforce learning
in the early mathematics curriculum. The quick-paced environment provides short
practice sessions with animated rewards, immediate feedback, and sticker-style
report cards. The program features two levels of difficulty, auditory support
options, an assessment engine that automatically tracks student progress, and
overview reports to help teachers select activities and skill levels appropriate
to students. The program's five activities cover sequencing whole numbers, building
counting skills, sorting numbers by counting, counting and grouping numbers
and objects, adding objects to reach target numbers, using a tallying tool to
build basic addition skills, identifying a variety of measurement units, understanding
linear measurement, understanding whole-part relationships, and learning fraction
representations. Mac/Win CD-ROM. $110single copy or lab pack of 10. $700school
unlimited license. Sunburst,800/321-7511 or http://www.sunburst.com/.
The Ten Minute series
for grades 1-4 focuses on key math topics, allowing students to practice and
test their skills in areas such as addition and subtraction, place value, multiplication
and division, and fractions. As the series title indicates, each activity and
test is designed to take 10 minutes. The programs in the series include Addition
and Subtraction, Multiplication and Division, Fractions, Numeracy
Tests 1, and Numeracy Tests 2. The Numeracy Tests allow teachers
to customize work for individual students by targeting objectives and creating
questions and tests. A timing feature can be activated for the tests. Win/Mac
CD-ROM. $70each program, single unit price. $250complete series
offive programs, single unit price. Multipack and site license pricing is available.
Tool Factory, 800/220-8386 or http://www.toolfactory.com/.
Simon S.I.O. Stage 1 and Stage 2 help struggling students and students with disabilities to overcome difficulties with phonological awareness. The two products offer individualized phonics instruction and give students practice in improving decoding, word fluency, word recognition, and oral reading skills. The products are built on the Simon Sounds It Out program. Network versions available. $129full product. $79existing product upgrade. Don Johnston, Inc., 800/999-4660 or http://www.donjohnston.com/.
for middle and high school students offers an Electronic Newsroom and Scripting
Studio where students can practice their writing skills. Media banks, including
photographs and videos, provide material for feature articles, profiles, autobiographies,
news broadcasts, and more. Student journalists are commissioned to write articles
on topics such as global warming and can make the decision to accept an assignment
or search for another. Activities help students to create storyboards, radio
scripts, interviews, and biographical profiles. The program can be run in English,
French, Spanish, or German and is appropriate for use in language classes. Windows
CD-ROM only. $70single copy price. Volume discounts are available. Tool
Factory, 800/220-8386 or http://www.toolfactory.com/.
The Internet Coach Digital
Photo Activity Kit has been released in a bilingual Spanish/English edition.
A toggle switch enables users to switch between the languages at any point in
the program. Students can combine their own photos with a variety of writing
projects to create newsletters, book reports, picture frames, stickers, and
more. The project centers include Writing Center, Movie Maker, Travel Center,
Special Events, Craft Corner, and Picture Games. The accompanying Teacher's
Guide features camera projects and writing activities. The Deluxe Edition
of the program includes an Argus DC-1500 digital camera that stores up to 80
photographs. $65Photo Activity Kit without camera, single copy. $100Deluxe
Edition with digital camera. APTE Inc., 800/494-1112 or http://www.internetcoach.com/.
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