New Software and Electronic Media Titles for K-12. (Title Watch)
Felix, Kathie, Multimedia Schools
Title Watch lists recently-released educational software and electronic media products that relate to the K-12 curriculum. This list is primarily but not exclusively comprised of CD-ROM products; other electronic formats are noted in the text. Suggestions for entries and press releases should be addressed to Kathie Felix, 5746 Union Mill Rd., PMB 605, Clifton, VA 20124 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The new JumpStart Advanced series for students in preschool through 2nd grade features four titles: JumpStart Advanced Preschool, JumpStart Advanced Kindergarten, JumpStart Advanced 1st Grade and JumpStart Advanced 2nd Grade. Each features the JumpStart Ali-Stars, seven characters who represent seven different learning styles and provide supplemental lessons matched to individual student learning styles. Each title includes an advanced content level for each grade, as well as levels covering first and second semester grade concepts. The programs automatically adjust skill levels to match student ability. Progress report tracking and teacher materials are included. Hybrid Mac/Win CD-ROM. $4 I--Teacher edition, includes two copies of the software and teacher materials with lesson plans for activities away from the computer. $118--lab pack, five users. $325--site license, 15 users. $700--network version. Knowledge Adventure, http://www.sunburst.com/ or 800/321-7511.
Peanuts: Where's the Blanket, Charlie Brown? for ages 4 and up allows youngsters to help the Peanuts gang track down Linus's missing security blanket. This discovery adventure takes children into the world of Peanuts, where they can drop into a computer camp, go to the supermarket, check out the library, or catch the magic show of the "Great Houndini" (who looks a lot like Snoopy). The program includes nine hidden games and activities to discover, as well as a Snoopy Meter. Hybrid Mac/Win CD-ROM. $20-single copy. Tivola Publishing, http://www.tivola.com/ or 212/431-4420.
The Start-to-Finish Blue Library is the newest addition to the Start-to-Finish books, a collection of supplemental high-interest, low-vocabulary stories developed for students who are two or more grades behind in reading. The Blue Library is designed to help struggling readers with text that is more inferential and written in more formal, literary language. With grade 4/5 level readability, the material is available in three formats: computer book on CD-ROM, paperback book, and audiocassette. The new titles include Greeks Myths and Legends, Classic Adventures (retelling works of literature such as Jack London's Call of the Wild), and A Step into History series about the American Revolution. Prices begin at $65 for an individual title. Don Johnston, Inc., http://www.donjohnston.com/ or 800/999-4660.
Math Essentials: Multiplication and Division for grades 4-6 helps students practice computational skills while working on problems from single digit multiplication and division to regrouping activities with decimals. The program is hosted by a family of cave dwellers who guide students through three multi level activities and their tools and features. Students are offered assistance when computation or concept errors are made. A reporting function helps teachers assess student progress by tracking actions throughout each challenge. …