by Patricia Semple, Assistant 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 Patricia Semple, P.O. Box 341635, Bethesda, MD 20827-1635, 301/983-5773 or email@example.com.
Art, Music & Religion
On Common Ground: World Religions in America covers 15 religious traditions as they are practiced in over 400 congregations in 18 different communities in the United States. The software includes a directory, 2,000+ photographs, selected biographies, and 100+ printable documents; it grew out of the work of Harvard University's Pluralism Project. $155-hybrid Mac/Win; Columbia University Press, 800/944-8648 or www.columbia.edu/cu/cup.
The new release of Digital Chisel 3 uses Java technology to present a user-friendly programming environment for students who want to create multimedia projects or design Web pages. It has a customizable interface with interchangeable toolbars for elementary, intermediate, and advanced users. $129-Mac, Win, Network; Pierian Spring Software, 800/856-8387 or www.pierian.com.
The new Macintosh version of Easy Book Deluxe offers many enhancements to its predecessor: built-in spell checker, thesaurus, text-to-speech feature, the ability to import customized art, drawing tools, background templates, modifiable stamps, and 90-day free access to a Web site where student projects can be posted. $60-hybrid Mac/Win; Sunburst Communications, 914/747-3310 or www.SUNBURSTonline.com.
Edmark has repackaged some of its software into grade-specific school versions, complete with teacher's guides and toll-free technical support. Millie & Bailey Preschool and Millie & Bailey Kindergarten are new multi-subject titles composed of material from Millie's Math House, Bailey's Book House, and Sammy's Science House, all of which can still be purchased separately. $60-hybrid Mac/Win; Edmark, 800/691-2985 or www.edmark.com.
The Adventures of Valdo & Marie is an interactive adventure that takes children on a 16th century European trading exploration to Japan. Along the way, they learn about the customs, beliefs, and myths of the countries they visit. $30-Win3.1/Win95; Ubi Soft Entertainment, 415/547-4000 or www.ubisoft.com.
Let's Go has been expanded to a six-level, 12-disc set. Going beyond phonics, grammar, and vocabulary lessons, the new discs include advanced topics and language functions such as ordinal numbers, time expressions, and making comparisons. The software will adjust content to the level of the student and is available with native language support in Thai, Korean, Spanish, and Japanese. Discs can be purchased separately. $599-Mac, Win; DynEd, 800/765-4375 or www.dyned.com.
Based on the Berlitz method, Berlitz French, Berlitz German, and Berlitz Spanish introduce grammar and vocabulary in integrated situations to students in middle and high school. The discs feature conversation-branching technology, an on-screen tutor, and record/playback capabilities. $30-Win3.1/Win95; The Learning Company, Inc., 800/227-5609 or www.learningco.com.
Easy Translator will translate text, e-mail, and Web pages from Spanish, French, and German into English. $129-Win3.1/WinNT/Win95; Transparent Language, 800/752-1767 or www.transparent.com.
The complete line of LanguageNow! programs has just been released as version 6.0: Spanish, French, German, Italian, Russian, Portuguese, Latin, Swedish, Dutch, and English. The new features include interactive dialogues, instant pronunciation feedback and analysis, a simplified interface, and new activities. …