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Magazine article MultiMedia Schools

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New CD-ROM, Videodisc, and Software Titles for K-12

Cross-Curriculum

Kids Mensa, for grades 5-7, offers 100 number puzzles with 10 levels of difficulty, 120 Mind Trails, more than 40 secret codes to crack, Spy School training, and more than 40 Fun Facts. $40-Win/Mac CD-ROM. Voyager/Grolier, 800/371-3908 or http://teacherstore.groliercom/.

Mensa Ultimate Challenge provides more than 300 new puzzles, games, and riddles for students in grades 9 and up. The disc includes a completely new self-analysis section designed to help improve mind power. $40-Win/Mac CD-ROM. Voyager/Grolier, 800/371-3908 or http://teacherstore.grolier.com/.

The World's Greatest Museum presents the crown jewels of art history with a look at 150 masterpieces-paintings, sculptures, and frescoes-from prehistoric drawings to contemporary art. The collection examines selections from 70 of the most famous art museums in the world, including the Guggenheim, the Louvre, the Prado, the Museum of Modern Art, and the National Gallery in London. For grades 6 and up. $40-Win/Mac CD-ROM. Voyager/ Grolier, 800/371-3908 or http://teacherstore.grolier.com/.

Early Learning

The Big Red Dog returns to the computer with two programs for children ages 4-6. Clifford Reading teaches youngsters to read while they explore Clifford's neighborhood, discovering reading activities along the way. Seven adjustable levels introduce new letters, sounds, and words. Clifford Thinking Adventures asks children to help prepare for Clifford's big birthday party by completing activities that develop problem-solving, reasoning, and creativity skills. The celebration begins after the youngsters find some missing jewels, decorate the huge birthday cake, give Clifford a bath, and more. $20-Win/Mac CD-ROM, both titles. Schoiastic/Havas Interactive/Knowledge Adventure, 800/545-7677 or http://www. scholastic.com/clifford/.

The Early Learning Grades PreK-2 Software Collection features five Edmark titles selected to provide a comprehensive range of cross-- curricular early-learning activities: Travel the World with Timmy Deluxe, Sammy's Science House, Millie's Math House, Bailey's Book House, and Stanley's Sticker Stories. Also provided are Classroom Ready Resources that include tutorials, curriculum projects, assessment activities, and Internet resources designed to meet key national education standards. Prices begin at $150 for a one-computer license. Licenses for 5, 10, and 25 computers are available. Teacher Street, 800/4TEACHER or http://www.TeacherStreet.com/.

The Literacy Skills Grades PreK-1 Software Collection combines a range of programs that help early learners build the fundamental skills they need to become confident readers and writers. The titles in the collection include Bailey's Book House and Stanley's Sticker Stories from Edmark, A to Zap! from Sunburst Technologies, and My First Incredible Amazing Dictionary 2.0 from DK Multimedia. The accompanying Classroom Ready Resources include tutorials, curriculum projects, assessment activities, and Internet resources designed to meet key national education standards. Prices begin at $150 for a one-computer license. Licenses for 5, 10, and 25 computers are available. Teacher Street, 800/4TEACHER or http://www.TeacherStreet.com/.

I Spy School Days for students ages 5 to 9 expands the original I Spy program with 50 new brain-teasing challenges. The disc's nine play areas offer more than 1,600 object and word searches built into hundreds of riddles, puzzles, and activities. Voiceover instructions allow children to play independently. $30-Win/Mac CD-ROM. Scholastic/Havas Interactive/ Knowledge Adventure, 800/545-7677 or http://www.scholastic.com/ispy/.

I Spy junior Puppet Playhouse challenges youngsters ages 3-5 to solve riddles, put together puppets, sort props, and create their own stage sets. Seven activity areas and four original stories give preschoolers a chance to play multilevel games emphasizing important skills such as reading, problem-solving, and creativity. …

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