Kid's College

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Located online at http://www.learningthroughsports.com/.

Source: Learning Through Sports, 33 Inverness Center Place, Suite LL110, Birmingham, AL 35242; Phone: 866/552-9192; Fax: 205/9808409; Internet: http://www.learningthroughsports.com/.

Access Fee: $4,500--annual subscription, school site, 200 students or more. $3,500--annual subscription for schools with less than 200 students. $5.95 each month, 6-month minimum--home version for one student.

Audience: K-8.

Format: Interactive online program.

Minimum System Requirements: A computer with Internet access.

Windows Systems: Windows 95/98/ 2000/XP, Internet Explorer 5.1, Netscape 7.0 or higher. Macintosh Systems: Macintosh 9.2 or higher, Internet Explorer 5.0, Netscape 7.0 or Macintosh OSX, Internet Explorer 5.2x, Netscape 7.2 or higher.

Because of the extensive graphics and the need for speed, the program is best run with high bandwidth, broadband, or ISDN, but will work with a dial-up connection.

Description: Kid's College is an online program designed to motivate students to practice skills and reinforce classroom activities. The program uses a sports theme to capture the students' attention and to encourage them to continue to answer questions and gain points.

Reviewer Comments:

Installation/Access: This online program requires no installation. When I logged in, I was prompted to download the Windows Media Player. I reviewed this product running Netscape, using a Macintosh with OSX.

The program's opening page offers a program demo, more information, or the program launch. The program begins with a log-in that includes a username and password.

Teachers can enter student names; student work may or may not be password-protected. The teacher can also set the assignments to be done. The Curriculum tab provides instructions on entering assignments for individual students or an entire class. Installation/Access Rating: A

Content/Features: Kid's College is a skills- and standards-based program designed to motivate students to answer questions. The curriculum was developed by the Publishers Resource Group; all items have been reviewed by an independent panel of experts. The questions are classified by the standards of 41 states. Beginning in March, teachers will be able to download their own questions into the program.

As teachers set the curriculum, they examine the standards at different grade levels and view sample questions. The program covers the subject areas of math and language arts. One or both of the subjects can be selected for student work.

The teacher or administrator can customize sports team names, logos, and colors to match the school's teams. Many collegiate logos are also available for use. …