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Program Title

Publisher

Rating

Instructional Area

Computer Requirements

Community Corner  

Web-based

Computers for Youth

3.0

Life Skills, Computer

Internet Browser

Dilemma and Dilemma in the Workplace  

Software

Educational Activities Software 

3.7

Life Skills

Windows

English for All  

Web-based

English for All 

4.0

ESL, Life Skills

Internet Browser, QuickTime and speakers

Getting a Job, Keeping your Job  

Software

Educational Activities, Inc.

3.3

Life Skills

Windows 95, Windows 98

Math in the Workplace Bundle  

Sofware

Educational Activities, Inc.

3.8

Math, Life Skills

Windows 3.x, 95, 98, NT, Windows compatible PC, Min 386, prefer 486

10 Minute Resume  

Web-based

Portable Resume Corp.

2.0

Life Skills

Internet, Windows 98 or Maces 9.0 or higher

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Program Title

Community Corner

Publisher

 

http://www.communitycorner.org [English version]
http://www.communitycorner.org/indexSP.html [Spanish version]

Sponsored by Computers for Youth (CFY), a New York City organization that provides inner-city students and teachers with fully equipped home computers and training in how to use the computers effectively.

Subject

Computer, Life Skills

Level

Computer literate and internet savvy, must have reading skills at least at 6 to 8 level

Program features

Site is one place which connects user to a variety of other sites

Original site in both English and Spanish

Computer Requirements

Internet Browser (no specific browser is recommended)

Price

No cost other than access to internet

Overall Rating

3.0

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

User Friendly

2

Interesting Interface

3

Ease of loading software

3

Affordability

4

Content

3

Age appropriate

3

Sound

0

 

 

Average

3

Description of Content

Community Corner is a bilingual site that highlights online content relevant to low-income, ethnically diverse populations of youth and families.  The site has carefully-chosen links and information that connect people to community, education and employment-related resources that can benefit the whole family.  In addition to links, each section of the site has a related featured interview.  The site is fully accessible in both English and Spanish.

 

Navigation and Structure

The Community Corner site consists of eight categories:  Money Center, Tech Support Center, Community, Health Center, Job Center, Safety, Playground, And School.  Each category provides several links to other Internet sites that are related.

 

Instructional Applications

This site may be a good one for students to access as a family.  The layout at first may be somewhat confusing because the user does not know what the site is really about until he/she has begun surfing.  Too much time may be wasted in trying to get the big picture of the site.  An overview would help plus a search selection that is specific just to this site.   

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Program Title(s)

Dilemma in the Workplace”

Publisher

Educational Activities, Inc. http://www.edact.com

Subject

Life Skills - Decision making skills

Level

Beginner

Program features

A variety of day-to-day situations to practice decision-making

Computer Requirements

  • Pentium or higher

  • 12.5MB of free disk space

  • 4MB of free RAM

  • EA Manager requires 3.5MB free RAM

  • Color monitor

  • 4x speed CD-ROM drive

  • Printer (optional)

  • QuickTime v.2.x or higher

Price

Contact Dealer: 800-645-3739

Overall Rating

3.7

 

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

(EA Manager did not load in Windows 2000)

Affordability

0

Content

3

Age appropriate

4

Sound

4

 

 

Average

3.7

 

Description of Content

QuickTime uses movie clips to visualize the given situation (given as an introduction) along with text to illustrate the test, glossary, and review quizzes.  All of the situations given show common possible scenarios both in daily living (“Dilemma”) and work-related settings (“Dilemma in the Workplace”).  The software comes with a manual which contains instructions and sample student forms.

 

Navigation and Structure

Personalized files are created for each student, which can be saved to the hard drive.  Instructors can edit student profiles, print rosters and reports from the EA Manager.  Students can go through the lessons, with each unit increasing in difficulty as they progress.  Each lesson must be completed before going to the next.

 

Instructional Applications

Preparing adults to deal with decision-making in daily and work settings.

 

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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

Getting a Job/Keeping your Job

Publisher

Educational Activities, Inc.  

http://www.edact.com

Subject

Life Skills - Day-to-day skills

Level

Adult - Beginner

Program features

Two CDs with a Video clip each

Computer Requirements

  • Windows 95/98

  • Pentium 200 MHz or higher

  • 64 MB RAM recommended

  • Color monitor, CD-ROM drive

  • Viewer such as Media Player or QuickTime
    (Also compatible with Macintosh)

Price

Contact Dealer: 800-645-3739

Overall Rating

3.3

 

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

4

Affordability

0

Content

3

Age appropriate

3

Sound

4

 

 

Average

3.3

 

Description of Content

Two MPEG files can be played from the CD using Media Player or Quick Time.  The 20-minute clips cover the following topics:

 

Getting a Job

  1. Dressing for the interview

  2. Getting there on time

  3. Bringing appropriate materials

  4. Planning for childcare

  5. Filling out the application correctly

  6. Putting together a resume

  7. Respectful behavior at the interview

  8. Writing a follow-up letter

 

Keeping your Job

  1. Showing up on time

  2. Being honest

  3. Following company policy

  4. Being responsible

  5. Taking pride on your work

  6. Having a good attitude

  7. Being disciplined

  8. Being organized

  9. Communicating well

  10. Gossiping

 

Navigation and Structure

From Start\Run browse to the file on the CD or open the file from the player.

 

Instructional Applications

To provide a basic introduction to adults or any first-time job applicants on how to apply for a job and keep a job.  The software comes with an instructor’s manual, which contains sample forms that can be used with the students.

 

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Program Title

Math in the Workplace Bundle

Publisher

Educational Activities Software (Member of the Siboney Corporation) http://www.edact.com

Subject

Math, Life Skills, Basic Skills for the Workplace

Level

Middle School, High School, and Adult Learners

Program features

Three modules of basic math skills to be used in the workplace

 

Computer Requirements

  • Windows 3.x, 95, 98, NT

  • Windows compatible PC (minimum 386, 486 recommended)

  • 4 MB of free RAM

  • 256 color display (640 x 480 screen area)

  • 2x CD-ROM drive (CD-ROM version only)

  • 11 MB of free Hard Drive space

  • EA Manager 2010 (for both versions) requires 6 MB of Hard Drive space

  • Printer (optional)

 

Price

 

 

Single PC        $ 295.00

5-user Lab       $ 590.00

10-user Lab     $ 885.00

Network          $1,180.00 (unlimited users)

 

Overall Rating

Good

 

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

 

User Friendly

4

Interesting Interface

3

Ease of loading software

4

Affordability

4

Content

4

Age appropriate

4

Sound

0

 

 

Average

3.8

 

Description of Content

This software consists of tutorials separated into three modules:  Using Graphs, Charts & Tables; Measuring in Traditional and Metric Units; and Working with Lines and Angles. 

 

Navigation and Structure

Each module has a combination of concepts and exercises.  Students can access any module and go over any desired areas as often as they want.  The CD-ROM is needed to run the program.  The logistics of the software follow the different concepts in succession of colorful images and pleasant sound.

 

Instructional Applications

Skill development is the main objective of this program.  It provides practical job-related mathematical activities to help the student apply basic principles.  A manual is provided with the program, which contains reproducible worksheets and the EA Manager to evaluate results and run class statistics.

 

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Program Title

10 Minute Resume

Publisher

Portable Resume Corporation http://www.10minuteresume.com

Subject

Life Skills - Resume Preparation

Level

Intermediate

Program features

On-screen help

Computer Requirements

Internet connection

56k modem

Windows 98 or higher, or MacOS 9.0 or higher

Price

Free

Overall Rating

3.0

 

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

 

User Friendly

2

Interesting Interface

2

Ease of loading software

0

Affordability

4

Content

3

Age appropriate

4

Sound

0

 

 

Average

3.0

 

Description of Content

This website is designed to allow a user to create an expertly designed resume using simple-to-use online forms.  In addition users are able to select a resume layout based on any situation - whether they are returning to the job market, a seasoned pro, or returning after an absence.  Developed resumes can then be printed, emailed or faxed directly from the website.

 

Navigation and Structure

It is somewhat difficult to navigate the site and users must first complete a biography about themselves.  In addition, while the resume is designed and laid out professionally, the writer still needs to have intelligent and developed information to complete the resume.

 

Instructional Applications

This site could be used after the initial instruction of resume writing was completed, so the student is aware of how to write the information contained in a resume.  The site does offer “action words” and other help, but unless someone is already competent in developing a resume the site would be somewhat useless.

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