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Program Title

Publisher

Rating

Instructional Area

Computer Requirements

Algebra Made Painless: Intro to Solving Algebraic Word Problems

Software

Educational Activities Software

3.7

Math

Windows

Algebra Made Painless: Signed Numbers

Software

Educational Activities Software

3.7

Math

Windows

Arithmetic Skills Assessment Test  

Software

Educational Activities Software

3.7

Math

Pentium or higher, EA Manager, 4x speed CD-ROM drive

Basic Math Competency Bundle

Software

Educational Activities Software

3.7

Math

Pentium or higher, EA Manager, 4x speed CD-ROM drive

Education 4 Kids  

Web-based

Education 4 Kids

3.5

Math, English, Science, and Social Studies

Windows 95, 98, or 2000

Math for Everyday Living  

Software

Educational Activities Software

3.8

Math

Windows

Math in the Workplace Bundle  

Software

Educational Activities Software

3.8

Math, Life Skills

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

 

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Program Title(s)

“Algebra Made Painless:  Introduction to Solving Algebraic Word Problems” and “Algebra Made Painless:  Signed Numbers”

Publisher

Educational Activities Software, Inc. 

http://www.edact.com

Subject

Math - Algebra

Level

GED

Program features

Instructional Basic Algebra

Computer Requirements

  • Pentium or higher

  • 3.5MB of free disk space

  • 4MB of 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

4

Interesting Interface

4

Ease of loading software

(EA Manager 2010 must be installed from the first program listed above)

3

Affordability

0

Content

4

Age appropriate

4

Sound

3

 

 

Average

3.7

 

Description of Content

The two sampled software pieces are part of a series of six modules.  Lessons go over basic Algebra principles.  The six modules are:

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 2010.  Students can go through the lessons, with each unit increasing in difficulty as they progress. 

 

Students can jump to different lessons, but each lesson must be completed for a complete skill evaluation.

 

Instructional Applications

To prepare students for more advanced math by teaching algebra principles.  Practical applications are used in teaching. 

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Program Title

Arithmetic Skills Assessment Test

Publisher

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

Subject

Math, Basic Skills Assessment

Level

Middle School, High School, and Adult Learners

Program features

Placement test to determine approximate mathematical abilities

Computer Requirements

  • Windows compatible PC (minimum 486, Pentium recommended)

  • 4 MB of free RAM

  • 4x CD-ROM drive (CD-ROM version only)

  • 1.5 MB of free Hard Drive space

  • EA Manager 2010 (for both versions) requires 4MB of Hard Drive space

  • Printer (optional)

Price

 

Single PC        $   89.00

5-user Lab       $ 267.00

10-user Lab     $ 356.00

Network          $ 445.00 (unlimited users)

Overall Rating

Good

 

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

4

Content

4

Age appropriate

4

Sound

0

 

 

Average

3.7

 

Description of Content

This software consists of a simple-to-use-and-assess comprehensive test to determine the math level of middle school, high school, and adults.

 

Navigation and Structure

The test is divided into three areas:  Whole Numbers, Fractions, and Decimals.  Each area is then subdivided into four operations:  Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, and Division, which have 119 skills each.  Teachers have the option of administering the entire test or selecting specific skills to be tested.  Students can stop at any point and continue at a later date to continue where they left off.

 

Instructional Applications

To provide a quick assessment that will indicate the student’s approximate mathematical strength and weaknesses.  It is helpful when students arrive mid-term and in Adult Literacy Centers or other educational institutions where time is an issue.  This program tests the student at the highest-level first, and when the student completes the placement test, the teacher can view the results in the reports.

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Program Title

Basic Math Competency Bundle ”

Publisher

Educational Activities Software 

http://www.edact.com

Subject

Math, Tutorial-and-practice learning system for basic math skills

Level

Pre-GED

Program features

Bundle modules basic math

Computer Requirements

  • Pentium or higher

  • 4MB of free disk space

  • EA Manager

  • Color or monochrome monitor

  • 4x speed CD-ROM drive

Price

$ 369.00

Overall Rating

3.7

 

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

(EA Manager is required)

3

Affordability

3

Content

4

Age appropriate

4

Sound

4

 

 

Average

3.7

 

Description of Content

It is composed of the following eight modules:

Navigation and Structure

Personalized files can be created for each student, which is saved to the hard drive.  Instructors can edit student profiles, print rosters and reports from the EA Manager.  A manual is included with the software. 

 

Each math module can be accessed at any time and after going through tutorial exercises there is a quiz to evaluate the student level. 

 

Instructional Applications

Preparing adults with basic math skills for GED.

 

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Program Title

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(s)

“Math for Everyday Living ” and 

“How to Read for Everyday Living”

Publisher

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

Subject

Math, Reading

Level

Beginner

Program features

Instructional basic math and reading skills

Computer Requirements

  • Pentium or higher

  • 8MB of free disk space

  • 4MB of free RAM

  • EA Manager

  • Color monitor

  • 4x speed CD-ROM drive

  • Printer (optional)

  • QuickTime v.2.x or higher

Price

Contact Dealer: 800-645-3739

Overall Rating

3.8

 

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

EA Manager did not run properly in Windows 2000)

3

Affordability

0

Content

4

Age appropriate

4

Sound

4

 

 

Average

3.8

 

Description of Content

Movie clips are used to visualize and the audio helps comprehend instructions on basic skills.  The math CD contains practical exercises that must be completed before moving on.

 

This software comes with a manual that contains instructions and sample student forms.

 

The reading topics are:

  • Labels

  • Menus

  • Ads

  • Jobs

  • Money

  • Travel

 

The math topics are:

  • Paying for a meal

  • Working with sales slips

  • Unit pricing

  • Saving on transportation

  • Working with sales tax

  • Finding your job

  • Earning with overtime

  • Earning with piecework or commission

  • Working with time

  • Finding net pay

 

Navigation and Structure

Personalized files can be created for each student that is saved to the hard drive.  Instructors can edit student profiles, print rosters and reports from the EA Manager.  Students can go view the different clips in any order.  The math exercises can be accessed in different order by exiting the program and restarting.

 

Instructional Applications

Preparing adults with basic math and reading skills.

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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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