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Demographic Changes in America: 1990-2000

Magazine article Multimedia & Internet@Schools

Demographic Changes in America: 1990-2000

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MIDDLE/HIGH SCHOOL SOFTWARE/WEB SITES

Company: GeoLytics, Inc., P.O. Box 10, East Brunswick, NJ 08816; Phone: 800/577-6717; Fax: 732/651-2721; Internet: http://www.geolytics.com/.

Price: $249--single teaching copy, CD-ROM; $995--lab pack of 10 copies for student use. Network versions and site licenses are available.

Audience: High school to adult.

Format: CD-ROM: text, data.

Minimum System Requirements: For Windows systems only. Requires an Intel Pentium 3 processor, 256 MB RAM, 30-100 MB hard disk space, and a 4x CD-ROM drive. Runs on Microsoft Windows 98, ME, NT, 2000, or XP.

Description: Demographic Changes in America: 1990-2000 is an easy-to-use educational software program that enables secondary education teachers and college instructors to bring U.S. demographic data into the classroom. Students can generate reports and develop maps on a variety of variables including race, economics, education, languages, housing, urban development, and more. The CD provides students with census data from 1990 and 2000 that demonstrate changes in American population over time. Data sets can be run in a variety of formats. Thematic maps of selected boundaries or data can be generated, printed, or exported into word processing and graphic programs.

Reviewer Comments:

Installation: The product was easily installed using the Installation Wizard on the CD. Complete installation directions are included in the User Guide that accompanies the CD. The user must carefully enter a serial number that accompanies the package. Installation Rating: A

Content/Features: Demographic Changes in America: 1990-2000 provides U.S. Census data that can allow for a study of change over time, both demographically and through detailed maps.

Five basic steps are required to produce files and maps. First, the user selects a region and the type of geographical units to be studied. States, counties, American Indian Reservations, or Congressional districts are among the units that can be chosen.

Next, a sub-area is selected. This is the level at which data will be viewed and presented. The sub-area can be as specifically defined as a ZIP code.

Step three is the selection of the variables or census counts that are to be included. A pull-down menu allows the selection of such variables as Race, Households, Education, Employment, Disabilities, Income, and more.

The next step is the name for the output file. This straightforward process is explained well in the user manual.

The final step is to decide whether you want data only or data and a base map.

A variety of options are available, in eluding the following: Time Series, a summary report with both 1990 and 2000 data including percentages for all of the variables; Summary, recommended as a quick check of population sums; a Dbf-dBase-compatible data table for importation into statistical and spreadsheet programs; ASCII for importing to statistical and spreadsheet programs; Map, which allows the map to be exported into mapping software packages or saved in bitmap format.

For the most part, data extraction is rapid.

There are a number of classroom uses for the Demographic Changes in America: 1990-2000 CD. Data and maps for learning about U.S. history, social studies, geography, economics, urban studies, business and marketing, real estate, mathematics, and statistics are easily used by the teacher to set up real-life problems for students to solve. …

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