Knowledge Adventure Activity Builder

By Hixson, Susan W. | Multimedia & Internet@Schools, January-February 2008 | Go to article overview

Knowledge Adventure Activity Builder


Hixson, Susan W., Multimedia & Internet@Schools


***** | REPORT CARD

Installation       A
Content/Features   A
Ease of Use        A
Product Support    A

Located online at: www.kaactivity builder.com.

Company: Knowledge Adventure, Inc., 2377 Crenshaw Blvd., Suite 302, Torrance, CA 90501. Phone: (800) 871-2969. Internet: www .knowledgeadventureschool.com.

Price: $50 per teacher for a yearly subscription. Volume discounts are available.

Audience: K-12.

Format: Online program: text, graphics.

Minimum System Requirements: A computer (Windows or Mac) with an internet connection and a current browser. The program runs best with Internet Explorer 5.5, which can be downloaded for free.

Description: Knowledge Adventure Activity Builder provides premade activity masters and helps teachers design original activities for their classes. The site contains many pages of predesigned activity sheets for teaching and skill practice for students of all ages.

Reviewer Comments:

Installation/Access: This online program loads easily with the click of a button. A username and password are required. I logged in with a FireFox browser and the program worked fine.

The opening page offers initial setup instructions for PC and Mac systems. The instructions also illustrate how to configure the printing margins for both systems. Users are shown how to set all margins at .5" and turn off headers and footers. Installation/Access Rating: A

Content/Features: Knowledge Adventure Activity Builder provides a variety of online tools that help teachers create unique and appropriate worksheet activities. A variety of support options walk educators through the process of creating activities, word and math cards, and databases.

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At the time of this review, the site's Masters section included black line masters in six categories--calendars, creative writing pages, games, graphic organizers, math, and mazes. Each category contained hundreds of subcategories. The section also included four lesson plans linked to national standards--Basketball and Other Fun Words, Probability Plus, Shopping Spree, and Weather Today, Weather Tomorrow. The lessons were detailed and ready to print and implement using the black line masters.

A clock page provided clock-related activities. There were pages of money that could be printed and used for sorting and counting. Sets of flash cards could be made for home use for the practice of math facts. …

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