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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.)
The new JumpStart Advanced
series for students in preschool through 2nd grade features four titles:
Advanced Preschool, JumpStart Advanced Kindergarten,
Advanced 1st Grade and JumpStart Advanced 2nd Grade. Each features
the JumpStart All-Stars, seven characters who represent seven different
learning styles and provide supplemental lessons matched to individual
student learning styles. Each title includes an advanced content level
for each grade, as well as levels covering first and second semester grade
concepts. The programs automatically adjust skill levels to match student
ability. Progress report tracking and teacher materials are included. Hybrid
Mac/Win CD-ROM. $41—Teacher edition, includes two copies of the software
and teacher materials with lesson plans for activities away from the computer.
$118—lab pack, five users. $325—site license, 15 users. $700—network version.
Peanuts: Where's the
Blanket, Charlie Brown? for ages 4 and up allows youngsters to help
the Peanuts gang track down Linus's missing security blanket. This discovery
adventure takes children into the world of Peanuts, where they can drop
into a computer camp, go to the supermarket, check out the library, or
catch the magic show of the "Great Houndini" (who looks a lot like Snoopy).
The program includes nine hidden games and activities to discover, as well
as a Snoopy Meter. Hybrid Mac/Win CD-ROM. $20—single copy. Tivola Publishing,
The Start-to-Finish Blue
Library is the newest addition to the Start-to-Finish books, a collection
of supplemental high-interest, low-vocabulary stories developed for students
who are two or more grades behind in reading. The Blue Library is designed
to help struggling readers with text that is more inferential and written
in more formal, literary language. With grade 4/5 level readability, the
material is available in three formats: computer book on CD-ROM, paperback
book, and audiocassette. The new titles include Greeks Myths and Legends,
Classic Adventures (retelling works of literature such as Jack London's
of the Wild), and A Step into History series about the American
Revolution. Prices begin at $65 for an individual title. Don Johnston,
Math Essentials: Multiplication and Division for grades 4-6 helps students practice computational skills while working on problems from single digit multiplication and division to regrouping activities with decimals. The program is hosted by a family of cave dwellers who guide students through three multi-level activities and their tools and features. Students are offered assistance when computation or concept errors are made. A reporting function helps teachers assess student progress by tracking actions throughout each challenge. Teachers can focus on certain skill sets, print worksheets and tests, and modify a variety of performance features. Hybrid Mac/Win CD-ROM. $90—single copy or lab pack of 10. $700—network version or school unlimited license. Sunburst,http://www.sunburst.com/ or 800/321-7511.
The second title in the
Math Arena series, Math Arena Advanced for students in grades 7-10,
provides practice sessions with 20 math challenges that build number, geometry,
estimation, data analysis, probability, pre-algebra, and visual-thinking
skills. Each activity has two levels of difficulty and is playable with
or without a timer. Students can work individually or in small groups.
Hybrid Mac/Win CD-ROM. $100—single copy or lab pack of 10. $700—network
version or school pack of 80. Sunburst, 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. $20—single copy. Tivola
Inspiration Software celebrates its 20th anniversary with the release of Inspiration 7.0, the latest update to the popular visual learning tool As part of the celebration, the company also has produced a new edition of its Evaluation CD and a series of new case studies showcasing innovative uses of the Kidspiration and Inspiration programs throughout the U.S. The 20th Anniversary Evaluation CD, available online to educators at no cost, introduces 80 new examples of educational activities, templates, and examples of projects in all curriculum areas, as well as interactive multimedia tours of the two programs. Inspiration Software, http://www.inspiration.com/ or 800/877-4292.
The Whole Class Teaching
Tools series includes five titles focused on helping elementary and
middle school students develop skills in mathematics and art.Whole Class
Number Connections helps students make mathematical connections by
completing equations and sentences. Whole Class Decimals, Whole
Class Fractions, and Whole Class Percentages focus on mathematical
concepts in the context of real life situations and objects (for example:
None of the chocolate has been eaten yet). Whole Class Fresco provides
students with tools for creating art, including drawing and painting media
such as crayon, charcoal, pastel, airbrush, watercolor, spray, pen, paint,
felt tip, splatter brush, italic pen, and zigzag pen. A variety of effects,
canvases, stamps, and built-in and customized options are available. The
software has been designed for use with a projector, whiteboard, or single
computer. Whole Class Fresco, Windows CD-ROM only. All other titles, hybrid
Mac/Win CD-ROM. $50—single unit price for each title in the series. Pack
and site license pricing are available. Tool Factory, http://www.toolfactory.
com/ or 800/220-8386.
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