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Vol. 10 No. 6 — Nov/Dec 2003
News of the Latest Products and Technology for K-12
by Kathie Felix, News Editor

TitleWatch lists recently-released educational software and electronic media products that relate to the K-12 curriculum. This list is primarily but not exclusively comprised of CD-ROM products; other electronic formats are noted in the text. Suggestions for entries and press releases should be addressed to Kathie Felix, 5746 Union Mill Rd., PMB 605, Clifton, VA 20124 or

Language Arts

The LeapFrog SchoolHouse Read-It-All series of high-interest, low-level books for struggling readers in grades 3-5 now features a larger content library with 12 interactive books plus extended Teacher Manuals for each readability level. The manuals include lesson plans, projects, writing activities, blackline masters, home connection letters, and specific lessons for English language learners. Titles in the series include Awesome Athletes, Wonderful Weird Work, It's a Mystery!, Amazing Inventions, Nature's Fury, and Outdoor Adventures. The interactive books are used with the multi-sensory Quantum Pad classroom learning system for upper elementary students. The system's touch-and-talk technology provides students with audio support that models the immediate assistance that a teacher would provide. Packages and individual titles are available. LeapFrog SchoolHouse, 800/883-7430 or

Tools for Everyone

Corel has introduced three new education solution bundles. The Corel Creative Pack offers a complete graphics toolkit with CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 11, Corel Painter 8, Corel Bryce 5, Corel KPT Collection, and Corel KnockOut 2. The Corel Graphics Pack features both technical and graphics solutions with Corel DESIGNER 10, Corel Painter 8, Corel Ventura 10, CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 11, Corel Bryce 5, Corel KnockOut 2, and Corel KPT Collection. The Corel Photo Enhancement Pack includes Corel KnockOut 2, Corel KPT Collection, and Corel Painter 8. The education packs feature access to additional services at no charge, including training CDs, tutorials, demos, and technical support options. Corel Creative Pack—$109. Corel Graphics Pack—$179. Corel Photo Enhancement Pack—$85. Corel Corporation,

The Macromedia Studio MX 2004 K-12 site license solution features Macromedia Studio MX 2004 software, new curriculum, teacher training, and teacher take-home rights. Studio MX 2004 allows users to build Web sites and applications with Dreamweaver, create interactive content and applications with Macromedia Flash, generate and optimize Web graphics with Fireworks, and incorporate vector graphics with FreeHand. The site license solution offers Studio MX 2004 software for Mac and Windows for use throughout the school, project-based teaching curriculum to integrate Macromedia tools into academic subjects, and online training from Macromedia University. New features include software home-use rights for teachers and two additional curriculum projects: Digital Narrative for Flash MX 2004 and Build a Town Web site for Dreamweaver MX 2004. Studio MX K-12 Site License Solution pricing: $2,500—schools with 500 students or less. $3,500—schools with 500 students or more. $199—single copy price for qualified educators and students. Macromedia,

Maxon Cinema 4D R8 modeling, animation, and rendering software provides the tools necessary for most day-to-day 3-D tasks, from simple logos to complex visuals. The software—used for music video, film, and television projects—is updated regularly at no cost. The latest free update includes more than 24 interface and workflow improvements. Among them, the materials manager has been improved with more efficient organization of complex projects by consolidating materials into groups. Related materials used throughout a scene are available at the push of a button. More screen real estate can be saved by choosing from several display modes, such as icon lists, name lists, or both. The menus and layouts can be recorded
as customized sets and switched whenever necessary. Up to five mouse buttons, including the middle mouse button, can be assigned to functions. The software is priced at $595 for Mac or Windows versions. Handbooks are available from $44.95. A free demo version is available online. The company's BodyPaint 3D image creation and manipulation tool allows users to texture a virtual face or animal, panel a spaceship, grain a piece of wood, grow moss on a pile of stones, and more. Pricing begins at $645; free updates are available. MAXON Computer,

Teacher Tools

The CD Workshop: PowerPoint 2000 for Teachers provides step-by-step video tutorials showing how to create slide shows, add pictures and text, animate text, and build Web links. The CD also offers tutorials for specific projects, such as creating flash cards and other study aids, helping students package creative writing projects such as interactive books, and developing self-running open house slide shows and electronic portfolios of student achievement. The disc includes sample files from the tutorials that can be adapted to fit individual situations and discussions of how the tutorials align with the National Educational Technology Standards (NETS). This is the second title in a series from the South Carolina Center of Excellence for Instructional Technology Training at Clemson University. A sample of the CD can be viewed online at $44.95—single copy, International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) members. $49.95—single copy, non-members. ISTE, 800/336-5191 or

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