Back-to-School: Software and Web Resources

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Publishers put reading first this fall with a strong lineup of literacy tools. Elementary and middle school math skill-building programs also acid to this season's back-to-basics trend. As always, digital media production and editing packages help put a creative spin on the traditional curriculum, but now with more powerful, Sophisticated tools. Curriculum offerings continue to build in assessment, tracking, and management features, meeting the demand for data-backed design and allowing educators to better customize learning. Read on for the scoop.

ABC-CLIO

New titles from ABC-CLIO include Legal Systems of the World, Religions of the World, Chronology of the American West, and more. Subscribers to the company's Web sites will also see an updated user interface, enhanced search capabilities, and more. (800) 368-6868; www.abc-clio.com

ABOUT ONE HAND TYPING

For students with limited hand and arm motion, the One Hand Typing and Keyboarding manual provides instruction for typing on a standard keyboard with only one hand. The CD-ROM version includes the manual in PDF format and an e-book with interactive practice activities. (626) 335-8069; www.aboutonehandtyping.com

ABSOLUTE SOFTWARE

A new version of Computrace Plus, the security program designed to locate stolen computers via the Internet, will include Safehouse encryption software licensed from PC Dynamics. (800) 220-0733; www.absolute.com

ACADEMIC SYSTEMS

A stand-alone version of Interactive Mathematics, a multimedia-enhanced math course for secondary students, is now available. Covering pre- through intermediate algebra, the program can work both on a network and a single computer for self-directed learning. (800) 694-6850; www.academicsystems.com

ACHIEVEMENT TECHNOLOGIES

K-2 Learning Mile Stones is an early learning e-workbook that teaches primary phonics and math while reinforcing word recognition skills. Teachers can assess, teach, and review core skills and build individualized instructional plans with the help of over 500 test questions aligned to state standards. (888) 394-3245; www.achievementtech.com

ADOBE

Adobe announces the release of Premier 6.5, a professional digital video editing tool, with real-time previewing capabilities, support for camcorders and video decks, flexible export options, and clean integration with other Adobe applications. (800) 833-6687; www.adobe.com

AGENTSHEETS, INC.

Interactive AgentSheets 2.1 for Windows lets developers build simulation languages and integrate simulations with an existing code base, as well as offering XP support and speed control. (303) 530-1773; www.agentsheets.com

ALADDIN

Stufflt Deluxe 7.5 for Windows is now available. New features of the compression program include encrypted security, corruption protection, and searchable archives. (831) 761-6200; www.aladdinsys.com

AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY

Visitors to the museum's Web site will notice two new additions. Resources for Learning offers teachers lesson plans, videos, interactive activities, and more, as well as access to special collections on biodiversity and deep sea vents. At Ology, students ages 7-11 will find games, feature stories, activities for offline inquiry, and be able to post questions for the museum's scientists to answer. (212) 769-5993; www.amnh.org/resources; www.ology.amnh.org

AOL@SCHOOL

Visitors to AOL@School 2.0 will now have access to Renaissance Learning's Accelerated Reader Book Hunt; Artsonia's AOL@School Art Gallery; two free e-books every week courtesy of iPicturebooks; and puzzles, quick tips, and streaming video from the APTE Internet Coach. (888) 339-0767; www.school.aol.com

APEX LEARNING

Apex adds nine new core curriculum courses to its online catalogue, ranging from American Literature to Atmospheric Sciences. Additional tools for teachers include Modular ClassTools (a per-unit offering of the ClassTools package), Evaluation Tools, and Local Online Courses. …