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Students Experience Wildlife

A partnership between EBSCO Publishing and the National Wildlife Federation has resulted in the inclusion of National Wildlife magazine as a part of the EBSCOlearn Science series. The series is available on CD-ROM, as well as online via EBSCO School ResourceNet (ESRN), EBSCO's Web-based learning environment.

Teachers select from a list of hundreds of articles found in the award-winning nature magazine and assign these articles to students. Students complete assignments by reading the articles and taking the accompanying tests. All necessary materials are included in the software, and tests are self-correcting. The program also includes curriculum guides, which use groups of articles in thematic, standards-based lessons.

Schools accessing EBSCOlearn National Wildlife through the Web-based ESRN have the option of using any workstation with access to the Web, both inside and outside of school. It also allows educators, parents and students to communicate via an online messaging system. EBSCO Publishing, Ipswich, MA, (800) 653-2726, www.epnet.com.

Electronic Response #407

Put a "Spell" on Your Documents

Merriam-Webster has introduced Merriam-Webster's Spell Checker, a comprehensive software program featuring nearly twice as many words as other spell checkers. Over 300,000 words from Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary make up the program, including proper names, geographic locations and medical terminology.

Available for both Windows and Macintosh, the spell checker is compatible with most word processing programs and other programs that handle text, including all Microsoft Office and Lotus SmartSuite products. A good addition to any word processing system, Spell Checker retails for a mere $12.95. Merriam Webster Inc., Springfield, MA, (413) 734-3134, www.wordcentral.com.

Electronic Response #408

Explore the Nations of the World

CountryWatch.com's Country Reviews are a series of 50-100 page reports that profile the political, economic, corporate and environmental trends for each of the 191 countries around the world. Available online, in hard copy and on CD-ROM, these reports are updated every six months. The information provided can help students compare differences between economic and political systems, explore the major ethnic and cultural groups of every country, study key religions and their impact and see a chronology of events that impact social structure.

The Reviews can be purchased in book or CD form, or with an online multi-user license that covers every authorized student and educator in your school, district or university. Access via a direct IP connection is provided to allow users to utilize the product from any Internet connection. In addition, CountryWatch.com offers Country Wire, an Internet country-by-country global news service that provides real time news segmented by 191 countries from 12 major international wire services. …