[TitleWatch] [MultiMedia Schools]
October 2000
Copyright © Information Today, Inc.
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.)

*Cross-Curriculum

Kids Mensa, for grades 5-7, offers 100 number puzzles with 10 levels of difficulty, 120 Mind Trails, more than 40 secret codes to crack, Spy School training, and more than 40 Fun Facts. $40—Win/Mac CD-ROM. Voyager/Grolier, 800/371-3908 or http://teacherstore.grolier.com/.

Mensa Ultimate Challenge provides more than 300 new puzzles, games, and riddles for students in grades 9 and up. The disc includes a completely new self-analysis section designed to help improve mind power. $40—Win/Mac CD-ROM. Voyager/Grolier, 800/371-3908 or http://teacherstore.grolier.com/.

The World’s Greatest Museum presents the crown jewels of art history with a look at 150 masterpieces—paintings, sculptures, and frescoes—from prehistoric drawings to contemporary art. The collection examines selections from 70 of the most famous art museums in the world, including the Guggenheim, the Louvre, the Prado, the Museum of Modern Art, and the National Gallery in London. For grades 6 and up. $40—Win/Mac CD-ROM. Voyager/Grolier, 800/371-3908 or http://teacherstore.grolier.com/.
 

*Early Learning

The Big Red Dog returns to the computer with two programs for children ages 4-6. Clifford Reading teaches youngsters to read while they explore Clifford’s neighborhood, discovering reading activities along the way. Seven adjustable levels introduce new letters, sounds, and words. Clifford Thinking Adventures asks children to help prepare for Clifford’s big birthday party by completing activities that develop problem-solving, reasoning, and creativity skills. The celebration begins after the youngsters find some missing jewels, decorate the huge birthday cake, give Clifford a bath, and more. $20—Win/Mac CD-ROM, both titles. Scholastic/Havas Interactive/Knowledge Adventure, 800/545-7677 or http://www.scholastic.com/clifford/.

The Early Learning Grades PreK-2 Software Collection features five Edmark titles selected to provide a comprehensive range of cross-curricular early-learning activities: Travel the World with Timmy Deluxe, Sammy’s Science House, Millie’s Math House, Bailey’s Book House, and Stanley’s Sticker Stories. Also provided are Classroom Ready Resources that include tutorials, curriculum projects, assessment activities, and Internet resources designed to meet key national education standards. Prices begin at $150 for a one-computer license. Licenses for 5, 10, and 25 computers are available. Teacher Street, 800/4TEACHER or http://www.TeacherStreet.com/.

The Literacy Skills Grades PreK-1 Software Collection combines a range of programs that help early learners build the fundamental skills they need to become confident readers and writers. The titles in the collection include Bailey’s Book House and Stanley’s Sticker Stories from Edmark, A to Zap! from Sunburst Technologies, and My First Incredible Amazing Dictionary 2.0 from DK Multimedia. The accompanying Classroom Ready Resources include tutorials, curriculum projects, assessment activities, and Internet resources designed to meet key national education standards. Prices begin at $150 for a one-computer license. Licenses for 5, 10, and 25 computers are available. Teacher Street, 800/4TEACHER or http://www.TeacherStreet.com/.

I Spy School Days for students ages 5 to 9 expands the original I Spy program with 50 new brain-teasing challenges. The disc’s nine play areas offer more than 1,600 object and word searches built into hundreds of riddles, puzzles, and activities. Voiceover instructions allow children to play independently. $30—Win/Mac CD-ROM. Scholastic/Havas Interactive/Knowledge Adventure, 800/545-7677 or http://www.scholastic.com/ispy/.

I Spy Junior: Puppet Playhouse challenges youngsters ages 3-5 to solve riddles, put together puppets, sort props, and create their own stage sets. Seven activity areas and four original stories give preschoolers a chance to play multilevel games emphasizing important skills such as reading, problem-solving, and creativity. $20—Win/Mac CD-ROM. Scholastic/Havas Interactive/Knowledge Adventure, 800/545-7677 or http://www.scholastic.com/ispy/.
 

*Language Arts

Island Reading Journey, a reading comprehension program, provides summary and extension activities for 100 intermediate-level books highly recommended for grades 4-5 (and appropriate at other grade levels). The island-hopping exploration with 20 island destinations helps students discover how to read for meaning. Each destination contains activities that test for comprehension, ask reader response questions, and provide cloze and other vocabulary/word attack activities for five different books. Students receive special rewards at the completion of their island visits. $90—Mac/Win CD-ROM with teacher’s guide, single copy. $90—10 computers. $600—unlimited use. Sunburst, 800/338-3457 or http://www.sunburst.com/.

The Literacy Skills Grades 1-3 Software Collection focuses on reading, writing, and phonics. The collection’s titles include Reading Success: Aladdin (FTC Publishing), Learning Through Literature: Chato’s Kitchen (Scholastic), Kid Works Deluxe (Knowledge Adventure), Imagination Express Destination: Ocean (Edmark), and Kid Phonics 2 (Knowledge Adventure). The accompanying Classroom Ready Resources include tutorials, curriculum projects, assessment activities, and Internet resources designed to meet key national education standards. Prices begin at $150 for a one-computer license. Licenses for 5, 10, and 25 computers are available. Teacher Street, 800/4TEACHER or http://www.TeacherStreet.com/.
 

*Mathematics

The Math Skills Grades 3-5 Software Collection focuses on major math skills, concepts, and processes. The package offers Mighty Math Calculating Crew (Edmark), Math Shop Deluxe (Scholastic), The Cruncher 2.0 (Knowledge Adventure), Ice Cream Truck (Sunburst Technologies), and Math Generator (KidWare Technologies). The accompanying Classroom Ready Resources include tutorials, curriculum projects, assessment activities, and Internet resources designed to meet key national education standards. Prices begin at $150 for a one-computer license. Licenses for 5, 10, and 25 computers are available. Teacher Street, 800/4TEACHER or http://www.TeacherStreet.com/.
 

*Reference

The World Book Millennium 2001 Premier Reference Library includes four comprehensive reference sources: World Book Millennium 2001 Deluxe, Merriam-Webster Reference Library, Information Please Almanac, and Rand McNally New Millennium World Atlas Deluxe. Each purchase includes
a free 1-year subscription to World Book Online. $90—Win (95/98/NT 4.0/2000) and Mac (O/S 9) versions available. World Book, 800/967-5325 or http://www.worldbook.com/.
 

*Science

Four of Germany’s best-selling Glasklar Edition CD-ROM titles designed for students in elementary through high school are now available in the U.S.: Dinosaurs 3-D, The Human 3-D, The Earth 3-D, and The Cosmos 3-D. Dinosaurs 3-D guides students through the lost world of reptiles with 535 MB rotating three-dimensional animations with voiceovers, 150 additional detailed illustrations, more than 240 pages of easy-to-understand text, 5,000 keywords in search function, 500 cross-references, and Internet links. $40—Windows only. Glasklar/Megasystems, 888/452-7552 or http://www.glasklar.com/.

Science Seekers: Endangered Species expands the popular science series with an examination of ecosystems, food chains and food webs, and population growth. Designed for grades 5-8, the program allows students to work to discover what’s threatening a dwindling population of sea otters. The Tom Snyder Web site identifies relevant state standards in its new Correlations section. Optional related hands-on science kits from Delta Education are available. The kits include enough materials for six groups of students. A free 45-day software trial is available. $80—Mac/Win CD-ROM. $250—five computer license. $450—10 computer license. $800—20 computer site license.  Tom Snyder Productions, 800/342-0236 or http://www.tomsnyder.com/.
 

*Social Studies/History

Culture 4.0: The Contextual Guide and Internet Index to Western Civilization organizes and provides an overview of more than 3,800 years of Western culture. The program includes thousands of profiles covering every major Western leader, author, artist, sculptor, architect, composer, theologian, philosopher, and scientist from the time of Homer to the present day. New features in this edition include more than 25,000 Internet links, 159 historical maps (most in color), 222 essays, more than 1,700 graphics (most in color), and new coverage of 20th century literature with many new profiles. An updated, 195-page workbook of interdisciplinary lessons and worksheets is included on the CD and is available separately in a print version. $69—Mac/Win CD-ROM, single copy price. $59—each copy, 10 or more copies. $29—workbook, print version. Cultural Resources, 908/709-1590 or http://www.culturalresources.com/.

The Native American Rights Movement in the United States: An Interactive Encyclopedia provides primary source video and audio clips, images, and documents arranged around themes designed to fit different curricular needs. Additional features include a hyperlink to a companion Web site with related project-based learning activities, teacher resources, and assistance; an image-mapped timeline highlighting key people and events; biographies and background articles; more than 24 tables; and the ability to create customized print, overhead, or computer-based presentations using a combination of CD-ROM resources and student work. Grades 6-12. $69—Win 95/98/NT 4.0 or Macintosh System 7.5.3 or later, single copy. $179—lab pack. $339—site license. ABC-CLIO Interactive, 800/368-6868 or http://www.abc-clio.com/.
 

*Tools

Inspiration UK Edition offers a localized version of the visual learning software tool, presenting a localized dictionary, specialized examples, and revised graphics libraries specifically developed for students and educators in the United Kingdom and Ireland. £59 plus VAT, single copy price. Volume licenses are available in multiples of five. TAG Developments Ltd., 44/0/1474 5378 86 or http://www.tagdev.co.uk. Inspiration, 503/297-3004 or http://www.inspiration.com/.

MicroWorlds Pro, the multimedia authoring tool, is now available in a Macintosh version. The program allows students to become Web designers, creating interactive school and Internet projects. The program’s authoring tools allow the creation of HTML templates, the addition of hyperlink connections, drag-and-drop music, including MP3s, pictures, videos, Web pages, sounds, and QuickTimeVR. The drawing tools include 140 colors, 24 editable brushes, color viewer and picker, and color shading. Students can make animation with a click, growing or shrinking shapes with the fat bits editor. Interactive samples are included in the online help system. $139—single user. $499—lab pack, five users. $849— lab pack, 10 users. $1,899—site license. Logo Computer Systems Inc., 800/321-5646 or http://www.lcsi.ca/.

mPOWER 4.0, the multimedia presentation tool, has been updated with new features, including: one-button conversion to HTML, a network version for up to 50 simultaneous users, streaming video, support for QuickTime 4.0, the export of individual slides as graphic files, a Windows version optimized to be 25 times faster, MP3 playback, and animated GIFs. Designed specifically for teachers, students, and administrators, the program includes sample graphics and media files, as well as a comprehensive user guide. $80—Mac/Win CD-ROM, single computer license. Volume pricing is available. Tom Snyder Productions, 800/342-0236 or http://www.tomsnyder.com/.
 
 

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