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Program Title

Publisher

Rating

Instructional Area

Computer Requirements

Assistive Media Current Features  

Software

Assistive Media

3.7

Reading

Windows 95, 98, or 2000

Awesome Stories  

Web-based

Bos & Glazier, PLC

3.25

Reading, Social Studies

Windows 98 or MacOS 9.0 or higher,

Internet,

Adobe Acrobat 4.0, Java-enabled browser, Macromedia Flash

How to Read for Everyday Living  

Software

Educational Activities Software

3.8

Reading

Windows

Sound Sentences II  

Software

Educational Activities Software

3.3

Reading, ESL

Pentium II, 90 MHz, Windows 95/98 or NT or 2000, ME, EA Manager, Color Monitor, 4x speed CD-ROM drive, headset or Microphone & speakers, QuickTime v.4.0 included

Vocabulary Drill  

Web-based

Education 4 Kids

3.7

English Vocabulary, Reading

Windows 95, 98, or 2000

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Program Title

Assistive Media Current Features

Publisher

AssistiveMedia  http://www.assistivemedia.org

Subject

Reading

Level

GED

Program features

Audio Components

E-mail help

Computer Requirements

Internet connection

56k modem

Realplayer

Windows 95, 98, 2000

Internet Explorer 5

Pentium II 266
Windows Media Player 6.4

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 provides intelligent and stimulating current writing pieces in a clear audio format.  Sources for the writing pieces are given, so instructors can get the original written form as well as having access to the audio format.  The audio clips run from 10 to 50 minutes and include an excellent range of materials.

 

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 develop their reading skills.  The site could be used in conjunction with the original written pieces to develop speed and fluency in the order and it could be used to develop literal and figurative comprehension with instructor-developed questions.  As the site provides the audio for the piece, it could be used with sight-impaired students.

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Program Title

Awesome Stories

Publisher

AwesomeStories.com  Bos & Glazier, PLC http://www.lawbuzz.com

Subject

Reading, Social Studies

Level

ABE 102 to GED

Program features

Vocabulary, visuals

Computer Requirements

Internet connection

56k modem

Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator 6.0+

Java-enabled browser

Windows 98 or higher, or MacOS 9.0 or higher

Screen resolution set at 1024 X 768

266 MHz Pentium or equivalent processor

16-bit Sound Card

Speakers or Headphones

Adobe Acrobat 4.0 PDF Viewer

Macromedia Flash

Price

Free

Overall Rating

33.25

 

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

 

User Friendly

2

Interesting Interface

4

Ease of loading software

0

Affordability

4

Content

4

Age appropriate

2

Sound

0

 

 

Average

3.25

 

Description of Content

Stories about famous events, legends, people, heroes and movies are presented with primary source material.  Each story contains links to the source material used by the author to write the story.  The links connect to documents, photographs or other web sites of interest on the same subject matter.

 

Navigation and Structure

Due to all of the links, this is a site to visit when you have the time to spend waiting for things to load.  I had a difficult time simply getting to a home page that allowed me to navigate through the system as it kept coming up blank.

 

Instructional Applications

This would be an excellent resource for materials for either reading or social studies courses.

 

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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(s) “Sound Sentences II ”
Publisher

Educational Activities Software

 http://www.edact.com

Subject ESL, Reading
Level Adult literacy and ESL learners
Program features 10 lessons with voice-recognition
Computer Requirements
  • Pentium II, 90MHz
  • Windows 95/98 or NT or 2000, ME
  • 10MB of free disk space
  • 8MB of free RAM
  • EA Manager
  • Color monitor set to thousands of colors
  • 4x speed CD-ROM drive
  • Headset or microphone and speakers
  • QuickTime v.4.0 included with program
Price $595.00
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

2

Content

3

Age appropriate

4

Sound

4

 

 

Average

3.3

Description of Content

The program is composed of 10 sections.  Each section deals with a slightly different type of situation in which creating and using structured sentences correctly is necessary for efficient communication:

The manual that accompanies the software contains vocabulary and worksheets for instructors to use.  Some of the storage needed for the lessons is for voice recordings of each student.

 

Navigation and Structure

Personalized files created are saved to the hard drive for each student.  They include the voice recordings to be used for the lessons.  Each lesson is independent of the others.  

 

Instructional Applications

Adult literacy, pre-GED instruction or ESL class curriculum.

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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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