Magazine article Multimedia & Internet@Schools

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Magazine article Multimedia & Internet@Schools

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New Software and Electronic

Media Titles for K-12

Cross-CURRICULUM

Curriculum Pathways 2005 for students in grades 8 through 14 updates the program with new InterActivities for introductory algebra, Earth science, English language, Spanish grammar, and contemporary world history. In addition, materials have been added in science, the planning page for teachers has been modified to emphasize interaction and assessment, and the Web resources have been updated. Curriculum Pathways covers core disciplines organized into 28 categories and 208 topics, all mapped to state and national standards. Each topic includes an InterActivity, Web Inquiry, Lesson Plan, and Web Resources. SAS in School, 888/760-2515, http://www. sasinschool.com/.

Classworks, the network-based system of K-12 language arts and mathematics curriculum and learning tools, is now available in a state edition for New York that includes state-mandated assessment data. Classworks state import editions are now available for Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, and Texas. A Scantron Performance Series import edition is also available. CurriculumAdvantage, 888/841-4790, http://www.curriculumadvantage.com/.

Language ARTS

ClozePro enables teachers to create a range of interactive cloze activities for learners of all ages and abilities. ClozePro activities can be completed either on-screen or on printed worksheets. Teachers can use text from current topic work, a Web page, or other electronic format; text can be pasted in for use in the program. ClozePro provides structured reports to track student progress in all activities. Crick Software, 866-332-7425, http://www.cricksoft.com/.

PLATO Achieve Now K-3 Reading offers a supplemental early-reading program that integrates into the school's core literacy program. Providing a tie to school-to-home learning, this program helps educators address Reading First with supplemental early-literacy practice. The package includes DIBELS (dynamic indicators of basic early literacy skills) alignment, an assessment kit, reporting software, classroom support materials, and teachers' guides. Optional Scholastic Literacy Library leveled readers aligned with the PLATO Achieve Now Adventures lessons are also available. PLATO Learning, 800/869-2000, http://www.plato.com/.

PLATO Advanced Writing Process and Practice for high school students is designed to teach on-grade-level writing strategies, grammar, and mechanics. The program offers more than 39 hours of instruction in two courses. Writing Strategies provides modules that teach writing strategies for a variety of purposes and audiences. Grammar and Mechanics presents modules that concentrate grammar instruction into mini-lessons that emphasize contextual usage versus definitions and terminology. This release is the second in the PLATO Writing Process and Practice series, a comprehensive writing suite developed for middle school to adult learners, including those who may be struggling, on-grade-level, or in need of advanced instruction. PLATO Learning, 800/869-2000, http://www.plato.com/.

Social STUDIES

Demographic Changes in America: 1990-2000 provides census demographics that allow students to run reports and create maps on topics that include race, education, employment, income, poverty, house values, housing costs, rent, and more. The program combines more than 350 key variables from both 1990 and 2000, allowing students to compare specific variables from the two time periods. The geographies available on this CD include nation, states, counties, places, congressional districts, ZIP codes, native lands, and more. …

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