Magazine article Multimedia & Internet@Schools

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Magazine article Multimedia & Internet@Schools

Title Watch

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New Software and Electronic Media Titles for K-12

Cross-CURRICULUM

Destination Success builds on Riverdeep's Destination Reading and Destination Math programs to provide standards-based assessment, learning management, courseware, and professional development designed to help schools raise test scores on highstakes tests.The comprehensive package includes ongoing computerbased assessments aligned to state math and reading standards that can be used to create custom learning plans for individual students. Whole class instruction is supported with student logbooks, activities, and other printed materials provided as blackline masters.The program offers full-year content.A free demo and case study videos are available. Riverdeep, 888/242-6747 or http://www.riverdeep.net/.

Language ARTS

Thinking Reader for grades 6-8 helps build reading comprehension skills for students reading below grade level.The program presents the unabridged text of core, authentic literature in a supportive environment with embedded prompts, hints, model answers, and instant feedback into the text to provide individualized instruction. Features include a contextual glossary with Spanish translations and human voice narration with synchronized highlighting. Quizzes within the literature test recall, inference, and vocabulary skills.The software tracks specific student performance and general class progress; six reports monitor improvement.The package includes a stand-alone and network CD-ROM; teacher support materials including lesson plans, assessment rubric, and student/teacher conference guidelines; title-specific discussion guides; and six copies of the paperback. (Additional copies can be purchased separately.) $500-license, 10 students. Volume pricing is available. Tom Snyder Productions, Inc., 800/342-0236 or http://www.tomsnyder.com/.

ScieNCE

The Discovery Channel School's version 2.0 Science CDs provide simulations, Discovery Channel videos, a World Book Encyclopedia library, an interactive laboratory, and a multimedia studio for reports and presentations. Using the laboratory, students can perform hundreds of simulated lab experiments in a virtual lab.The multimedia studio includes Lesson Launchers that enable teachers to present science topics with a pre-designed slide show that includes images and text.A total of 42 Science CD titles are available, covering life, physical, and earth science lessons for grades 6-12. Correlated to National Science education standards, each CD comes with an extensive Teacher's Guide and Student Worksheets. For Windows 2000, XP and Macintosh OSX. Single-copy prices range from $50 to $60. Discovery Channel School, 877/900-8830 or http://school.discovery.com/.

PLATO Physical Science for students in grades 6-8 presents standards-based physical science instruction using audio-narrated multimedia. Students use scientific inquiry, problem-solving, and critical-thinking skills as they apply new knowledge and concepts to theme-based scenarios in hands-on learning applications. Each narrated lesson includes a tutorial, application, and mastery test. A built-in test bank correlates test questions to specific science objectives. Annual subscriptions are available. Web and local area network (LAN) access are offered.This program is similar in presentation to PLATO Life Science (covered in the January/February 2004 "TitleWatch" column). PLATO Learning, Inc., 800/869-2000 or http:llwww.plato.com/. …

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