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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.)
Each of the three books in the Clues
to Comprehension series for grades
1-6 is accompanied by a CD-ROM that contains .PDF files of the book's contents, as well as individual activities that can be used either with an entire class or with individual students. The books use a riddle format to engage students in analyzing visual and text clues, formulating and revising hypotheses, processing information by creating and interpreting graphic organizers, drawing conclusions, and using critical-thinking skills. The three grade-specific volumes cover grades 1-2, grades 3-4, and grades 5-6. The single copy price for each is $20. Evan-Moor Educational Publishers, 800/777-4489 or http://www.evan-moor.com/.
Curious George Downtown Adventure
for children ages 3-6 allows youngsters to use their logic and critical-thinking
skills to build imaginative
contraptions that will help keep the ever-adventurous monkey out of one humorous predicament after another. As players solve the puzzles, they can earn "curiosity tools" such as trampolines, balloons, ladders, and bowling balls to bounce, fly, climb, and slide George out of mischief and restore order to the town. Windows 95/98/ME CD-ROM. $20, single copy price. Knowledge Adventure, 800/545-7677 or http://www.knowledgeadventure.com/.
The Leaps and Bounds series
invites youngsters to follow the antics of
panting dogs, silly monsters, and other characters, making new discoveries along the way. Music, bright colors, and surprises around every corner reward young learners as they practice mouse-clicking and pre-reading skills. The
simple, text-free interfaces make the four CDs in the series accessible and easy for young learners of all abilities. Leaps and Bounds 1, Leaps and Bounds 3, and Musical Leaps and BoundsMac/Win hybrid CD-ROM. Leaps and Bounds 2Win only. $45single unit price. Multi-pack and site license pricing are available. Developed by Granada Learning. Tool Factory, Inc., 800/220-8386 or http://www.toolfactory.com/.
A geometry curriculum strand has been
added to the BoxerMath: Fundamental Math subscription Web site for grades
3-5. The new strand includes 22 activities, bringing the total number of Fundamental
Math activities to 155. All are standards-aligned and provide step-by-step interactive
presentations. The geometry activities can be used in sequence or as stand-alone modules. Current Fundamental Math subscribers will have access to the new strand at no additional cost. $40 per student per year.Boxer Learning, 800/736-2824 or http://www.boxerlearning.com/.
Chefren's Pyramid and Cheops' Pyramid blend ancient Egyptian culture with modern mathematics as students are lured into the mysterious chambers of ancient pyramids, where mathematical problems and cultural trivia await. In Chefren's Pyramid, elementary and middle-school students progress through the tunnels and rooms of the pyramid, and can only escape through the exit at the top. In Cheops' Pyramid, high school students work on problems that cover fractions and percents, equations and functions, diagrams, probability, trigonometry, geometry, number systems, and everyday math. Windows only. $80, single copy price. Multi-pack and site license pricing are available. Tool Factory, Inc., 800/220-8386 or http://www.toolfactory.com/.
My Mathematical Life for grades
6-10 allows students to discover the math involved in their everyday activities
as they take a character from high school graduation to retirement, advising
on important education, career, health, and financial decisions. The decision-making
process includes comparing the costs of different purchases; creating realistic
budgets; interpreting trends in transportation, housing, and utilities, and
other costs; interpreting probabilities to make insurance decisions; and more.
Mac/Win hybrid CD-ROM. $100single user or lab pack of 10. $700network
or school pack of 80. Download version pricing: $100single user or lab
pack of 10; $700unlimited site license. Download size: 20 MB Win, 21 MB
Mac. Sunburst, 800/321-7511 or http://www.sunburst.com/.
Bioscopia for ages 8 and up helps
students explore human and cell biology, genetics, zoology, and botany as they
work to save a young researcher trapped in an abandoned biological research
station. Students must solve problems to unlock doors and save the researcher
from poison gas pumped throughout the lab by the station's long-dormant robots.
This program is a science adventure sequel to the program Physicus. Hybrid Mac/Win
CD-ROM. $20single copy. Tivola Publishing, http://www.tivola.com/
Kurzweil 1000 Version 7 provides
reading software for individuals who are blind or severely visually impaired.
The new edition has added features in three areas: online access to books, educational
tools that promote more active reading, and office productivity. The software
also includes a comprehensive set of accessible text management tools for creating
bookmarks, annotations, summaries, and portable MP3 audio files. Designed to
promote independent communication, Kurzweil 1000 can read text in English, German,
Italian, French, and Spanish. Windows only. $995, single copy price. Buyers
are eligible for free upgrades for 1 year from the date of purchase. After 1
year, upgrades from previous versions are available at a cost of $95. Kurzweil
Education Systems, 800/894-5374
The Soliloquy Reading Assistant
speech recognition reading software works like a classroom reading aidereading
stories aloud to model fluency and listening as the student reads aloud. The
program provides intervention when the student shows signs of difficulty and
gives help with pronunciations and word meanings. The advanced speech recognition
software allows students to practice oral reading independently with immediate
feedback to build reading fluency and comprehension. The program's features
support classroom teachers and school administrators. $400classroom license
for up to 30 students. Site license pricing is available. Soliloquy Learning,
Inc., 866/442-0920 or http://www.soliloquylearning.com/.
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