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Wondering what to expect this year from your favorite publishers? Here we bring you up to date on some of the newest education products we've been seeing and hearing about.

ABC-CLIO Interactive

Companion Web sites now offer learning activities and curriculum-based resources that support ABC-CLIO's interactive encyclopedias. The first title to feature a companion Web site is The Women's Movement in the United States. Forthcoming releases will include American Social Issues, World Sport, and The History of the American Legal System. Access to Web sites is free of charge.

130 Cremona Dr., Santa Barbara, CA 93116-1911; 800-368-6868; www.abcclio. com.

AbleSoft, Inc.

The latest version of AbleSoft's classroom administrative software is now available. Teacher's Toolbox Suite 3.0 is compatible with Windows NT, lets educators create tests and test question databases for any subject, and contains Internet access to education resources located at AbleSoft's Web site. $74.95. Also new is AbleMart.com, an online shopping site to provide parents and teachers with educational resource products and services.

8550-E Remington Ave., Pennsauken, NJ 08110; 609-488-8200: www.able soft-inc.com.

APEX Online Learning

Semester and yearlong Advanced Placement courses are being delivered via the Internet. Each AP course meets The College Board standards, contains 150 hours of curriculum, tutorials, online discussions, weekly reports, and online teachers to monitor and support student progress. Courses currently available include Advanced Placement Calculus AB, Statistics, Microeconomics, and U.S. Government & Politics. Course fees are $395 per student per semester.

110 110th Ave. N.E., Ste. 385, Bellevue, WA 98004; 800-453-1454; www.apex.netu.com.

Broderbund Software

The Learning Company announces the release of Broderbund Kids Studio's D.W. the Picky Eater. Featuring Arthur's kid sister D.W., this interactive storybook helps children develop their reading, vocabulary, and storytelling skills. The program also emphasizes nutrition and good eating habits. CD-ROM for Mac/Win: $29.99.

500 Redwood Blvd., P.O. Box 6121, Novato, CA 94948-6121; 415-382-4400; www.learningco.com.

The Bureau for At-Risk Youth

Refuse to Use: Skills for Saying No to Drugs is designed to teach teens how to resist peer pressure, refuse drugs without rejecting friends, and communicate and respect personal limits. Mac/Win. Call publisher for price information.

135 Dupont St., Plainview, NY 118030760; 800-99-YOUTH.

Citadel Technology, Inc.

WinShield/Secure PC allows network administrators to customize computer privileges for end users no matter which computer they log on to. The application can prevent installation of unauthorized software, restrict Internet access, or control e-mail transmissions. For Windows: $79.95. Multi-user site licenses start at $440.

3811 Turtle Creek Blvd., Ste. 600, Dallas, TX 75219; 214-520-9292; www.citadel.com.

Coda Music Technology

PrintMusic! allows compositions to be transposed instantly as the notes are played. This program is designed for intermediate to professional musicians and includes over 100 music samples. For Windows: $69.95. SmartMusic

Studio is a comprehensive computer-based practice system for brass, woodwind, and vocalists. This program responds to the student's tempo changes and comes with an instrumental and vocal headset microphone. For Windows: $99.95. Lab packs are available for both programs.

6210 Bury Dr., Eden Prairie, MN 55346-1718; 800-843-2066; www. codamusic.com.

Creative Wonders

Under the banner of its Creative Wonders brand, The Learning Company has launched a new line of children's software that emphasizes adventure, exploration, and play. Titles include Elmo's Art Workshop for ages 2-6, Search & Learn Adventures for ages 3-6, Madeline Thinking Games for kindergarten and up, and Schoolhouse Rock Thinking Games for first grade and up. …

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