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Program Title

Publisher

Rating

Instructional Area

Computer Requirements

E.L. Easton  

Web-based

E.L. Easton

 

3.0

ESL, English, Grammar Windows 95, 98, or 2000, Internet Explorer

Education 4 Kids  

Web-based

Education 4 Kids

 

3.5

Math, English, Science, and Social Studies Windows 95, 98, or 2000

English for All  

Web-based

English for All

4.0

ESL, English, Life Skills Internet Browser, QuickTime and speakers

Vocabulary Drill  

Web-based

Education 4 Kids

3.7

English Vocabulary, Reading Windows 95, 98, or 2000

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Program Title

E.L. Easton

Publisher

E.L. Easton http://eleaston.com

Subject

ESL, English

Level

High level ESL, Low ABE

Program features

Multi language, classroom, independent, teacher worksheets

Computer Requirements

Internet connection

56k modem

Windows 95, 98, 2000

Internet Explorer

Price

Free

Overall Rating

3.2

Evaluation Scale (scale 0 = not applicable, 1= not recommended, 2 = fair, 3 = good and 4 = excellent)

User Friendly 3
Interesting Interface 3
Ease of loading software 0
Affordability 4
Content 3
Age appropriate 3
Sound 0
   
Average 3.2

 

Description of Content

This website has materials for teaching and learning the English language.  The materials are aimed at ESL teachers and students and it appears to provide adequate information for all levels, although the site is geared towards higher-level ESOL students the Adult Basic Education serve.

 

Navigation and Structure

It is easy to navigate.  

 

Instructional Applications

This site is a good resource for instructors who are new to teaching English grammar to ESL students.  It could also be used for low-level ABE students who are unfamiliar with the conventions of the English language. 

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Education 4 Kids

Publisher

Education 4 Kids 

http://www.edu4kids.com/math/ and NetQuest.net

Subject Math, English, Science, Social Studies
Level ABE 101 to GED
Program features

Immediate feedback on answers

Choice of complexity, number size, scoring, and timer

Computer Requirements

Internet connection

56k modem

Windows 95, 98, 2000

Internet Explorer

Price Free (donations welcomed)
Overall Rating 3.7

Evaluation Scale (scale 0 = not applicable, 1= not recommended, 2 = fair, 3 = good and 4 = excellent) 

User Friendly 3.5
Interesting Interface 3.0
Ease of loading software 0
Affordability 4
Content 4
Age appropriate 4
Sound 0
   
Average 3.7

 

Description of Content

This website is designed to assist students in developing their math, social studies, and science and language skills.  The content is presented in drill games, so the knowledge that is being taught is very concrete and specific.  It offers everything from an alphabet drill to the table of elements to United States presidents to math flashcards.

 

Navigation and Structure

This is an easy site to navigate with a very simple structure.  Site is not juvenile.

 

Instructional Applications

This site is a good resource for instructors who have students who need develop their math, social studies, science and language skills and knowledge.  It is a very simple site, so students could easily use it on their own or outside of class time to develop their skills.  In addition, instructors will quickly be able to ascertain its applicability to individual students.

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Program Title

English for All

Publisher

 

English for All

http://www.myefa.org/login.cfm

Or go to www.nwlincs.org and click on National LINCS Multimedia Center

Cyberstep Project

Subject ESL, English, Life skills
Level

Older adolescents and adults seeking to learn English as a second language

Computer literate and internet savvy

Program features

Video

Audio

Interactive learning environment

Computer Requirements

Internet Browser (no specific browser is recommended) 

QuickTime and speakers 

Obviously, since the activity uses video, the better the internet connection is the better the reception will be!

Price No cost when accessing via Internet!  Program may purchase 5 videos for $47 or a set of CD’s for $28.  Free video masters have been distributed to all state directors of adult education who requested them.
Overall Rating 4.0

 Evaluation Scale (scale 0 = not applicable, 1= not recommended, 2 = fair, 3 = good and 4 = excellent) 

User Friendly 4
Interesting Interface 4
Ease of loading software 4
Affordability 4
Content 4
Age appropriate 4
Sound 4
   
Average 4

Description of Content

The site provides an objective for each lesson, spoken vocabulary with tests and answer key available, streaming video with text available and questions and answers about the video, language activities, and life skill applications followed by a final assessment.  There are five stories with four episodes for each – a total of 20 categories supplemented by several activities.  Written directions may be read in Spanish.  Stories cover the areas of employment, family, taxes, parenting, and accessing learning opportunities.

 

Navigation and Structure

Access is very easy.  A teacher just completes a registration process and then shows the student how to access the site – log in and log out!

 

Instructional Applications

This is a terrific site for ESL students to practice their listening skills in a real world experience.  Students will be thrilled with the opportunity to listen to vocabulary and text while at the same time reading it.  This reviewer highly recommends this site not only for all types of ESL programs but also for low-level readers.  

 

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Program Title Vocabulary Drill
Publisher Education 4 Kids http://www.edu4kids.com/lang1/
Subject English Vocabulary, Reading
Level Student- 6-10
Program features Immediate feedback on answers
Computer Requirements

Internet connection

56k modem

Windows 95, 98, 2000

Internet Explorer

Price Free
Overall Rating 3.7

 Evaluation Scale (scale 0 = not applicable, 1= not recommended, 2 = fair, 3 = good and 4 = excellent)

User Friendly 3.5
Interesting Interface 3.0
Ease of loading software 0
Affordability 4
Content 4
Age appropriate 4
Sound 0
   
Average 3.7

Description of Content

This website is designed to assist students in developing their vocabulary skills and currently has 850 words in its database.  The words are presented in a sentence and the student is provided four possible answer choices with the fourth always being “No Answer” which the students are told is the wrong answer as there is always an answer.  Example vocabulary words from the site are shrewd, impartial and retort.

 

Navigation and Structure

This is an easy site to navigate with a very simple structure.  

 

Instructional Applications

This site is a good resource for instructors who have students who need to develop their vocabulary.  It is a very simple site that students can easily use on their own outside of class time to develop their skills.

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