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Program Title

Publisher

Rating

Instructional Area

Operating System

Software        

GED 2002 Teaching Strategies

Steck-Vaughn

3.8

GED 2002 Training

Windows Macintosh

Hot Potatoes Masher 5.3

Univ. of Victoria Humanities

4

Instructor Development

Windows Macintosh

Information and Communications Tech.

NIFL Technology

4

Language Training for Instructors

Windows

NetSupport School

Net Support

3.8

Instructor Development

Windows DOS

Orientation for Teachers new to Adult Ed. CD-Rom

Capital Education Council

3.8

Instructor Training

Windows

WordAloud

Cloudworld Ltd.

3.5

ESL or Reading Disability

Windows

Internet Sites

 

 

 

 

Quia.com

Quia Corporation

2.8

Web Base tools for teaching

Internet

TechSmith Web Site

Htpp:/www.techsmith.com

4

Instructor

Internet

VARK

Neil Fleming

3.8

Staff Development

Internet Access

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Program Title

GED 2002 Teaching Strategies

Publisher

Steck-Vaughn

Subject

GED 2002 Training for instructors all subjects

Level

Instructor

Program Features

Audio Components

Management system

Printable records

On-screen help

Computer Requirements

Internet Explorer 5.0 or higher

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

Internet connection

Adobe Acrobat 4.0 PDF Viewer

PC User: Windows Media Player

Mac user: Quick Time

Price

$60.00 for 90 days or $120.00 for 180 days

Overall Rating

3.8  Excellent

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

User Friendly

4

Interesting Interface

3

Ease of loading software

0

Affordability

4

Content

4

Age Appropriate

4

Sound

0

Average

3.8

Description of Content:    This program is designed to assist instructors in gaining knowledge and confidence with the GED 2002.  It provides simple overviews, correlations, and differences from the old tests to the current tests in all of the subject areas.

Navigation and Structure:    It is easy to navigate and users can exit at any point.  There is on-screen help as well as links to additional instructional materials in each of the subject areas. 

Instructional Applications:   This site is an excellent resource fir instructors who are new to the GD or feel uncomfortable with the changes in the GED 2002.  It is simple and straightforward and provides excellent links to materials that instructors can use with their students in each of the subject areas. 

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Program Title

Hot Potatoes Masher 5.3

Publisher

University of Victoria Humanities Computing and Media Center

Subject

Instructor Development

Level

Instructor

Program features

Templates for quizzes, crosswords, web page, Mix and Match questions to answers, etc.

Computer Requirements

Macintosh  or Windows 95-XP

Price

Free to download http://web.uvic.ca/hrd/halfbaked/

Overall Rating

4  Excellent

Evaluation Scale (scale score 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

0

Sound

4

Average

4

Description of Content:    This software is designed for instructors to create their own tests.

Navigation and Structure:    Basic windows navigation, simple programs with very low learning curve. If you can use MS-Word, you can navigate Hot Potatoes.

Instructional Applications:    This program let’s an elementary teacher create their own tests. There are templates for crosswords, Mix and Match, plain quizzes and tests. There is also a template for creating a web page.

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Program Title

ICT4LT Project (Information and Communications Technology for Language Teachers)           http://www.nifl.gov

Publisher

NIFL Technology

Subject

Language Training for Instructors

Level

The main target group of the ICT4LT project is language teachers already in service, although parts of the syllabus are suitable for teachers undergoing initial training and for teachers following short intensive courses.  The ICT4LT website materials are aimed primarily at practicing or aspiring language teachers, but the site is also relevant to a range of occupations concerned with language and communication. It is expected that most visitors to the site will have qualifications that include a foreign language and a basic knowledge of ICT, i.e. including:

The basics of Windows 95 or higher, word-processing Using a Web browser and email

Program features

Support and training of technology for language instructors

Computer Requirements

A multimedia PC (MPC) with a Pentium processor: 200 MHz or higher ;at least 32 Mb of RAM ;1 Gb hard disk drive with adequate free space, approx. 200 Mb;Microsoft Windows 95 or higher; a video card capable of displaying a variety of display screen resolutions with at least 256 colors - see Module 1.2 for technical details ; a CD-ROM drive (4x or higher) ; a SoundBlaster-compatible soundcard, e.g. SoundBlaster 16 or higher; Stereo speakers or headphones ; a  microphone - see Module 1.2 for technical details ; access to the Internet via a modem (28.8 kbps or higher) or via an institutional network ; a browser: Netscape Navigator or Internet Explorer ; Microsoft Office suite ; a printer

Price

 

Free

Overall Rating

4  Excellent

Evaluation Scale (scale score 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 original aim of the ICT4LT project was to design a syllabus and to deliver Web-based training materials in ICT for teachers of modern foreign languages.  The approach is pedagogy-driven and the emphasis is on language teaching methodologies that can be implemented successfully with the aid of new technologies. The modules include references to new teaching methodologies and concepts that have emerged from new technologies.

The ICT4LT website consists of a total of 15 modules at three different levels, with 5 modules at each level, using the World Wide Web as the main delivery mode, backed up by printed materials, email and a Discussion List.  

Navigation and Structure:   All of the material offered in this training is web-based instructional chapters.  The material can be printed or saved to disk.  There is a wealth of resources given such as links to other sites (including software and hardware companies), illustrations, and discussion boards.

Instructional Applications:   To upgrade instructors technical skills in order to maximize the use of technology in teaching.

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Program Title

NetSupport School

Publisher

Net Support

Subject

An interactive program that allows a teacher to monitor student workstations, demonstrate and interact with workstations.

Level

Instructor Development

Program features

File Transfer, Remote Control, Launch Applications, Send/Collect Homework and Help Requests.

Computer Requirements

MSDOS 3.0 – Windows XP, 2MB RAM TCP/IP or other protocol

Price

1 user $100.00 to 100 users $4,872.00

Overall Rating

3.8   Excellent

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

User Friendly

4

Interesting Interface

3.5

Ease of loading software

4

Affordability

3

Content

4

Age appropriate

4

Sound

4

Average

3.8

Description of Content:     This software package connects the teacher’s computer to the student computers. It is designed for IT teachers to work interactively with their student’s workstations. A teacher can view a student(s) desktop with out having to get up and walk over to the workstation. This feature would be especially beneficial in a lab where students, particularly younger students have Internet access. With the feature of being able to scan an entire lab a teacher could keep control of his/her lab and the content being viewed or downloaded. The ability to transfer files enables the teacher to send out homework assignments and the students to send in their completed homework. No more paper work! The teacher can also take control of a student’s computer and keyboard to help and demonstrate. Students can send help requests again eliminating the need to run around the lab and interrupt others. Video and sound can also be shared and viewed by all. Nice little feature for tutorials.

Navigation and Structure:    From the demo I downloaded the navigation seems simple enough but I believe that with all software, time, patience and practice is needed until one becomes comfortable with navigation. The structure is Windows based so features are going to be similar to other Window programs.

Instructional Applications:    This package does not include instructional packages. There is a tutorial on how to use the program but that is all.  

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Program Title

Orientation for Teachers new to Adult Education CD-ROM

Publisher

Capital Education Council

Subject

Instructor training for Adult Ed.

Level

Instructors

Program features

Training CD-ROM

Computer Requirements

PC Windows 95/98/NT platform

Price

$ 94.00 each CD-ROM

Overall Rating

3.8  Excellent

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

User Friendly

0

Interesting Interface

4

Ease of loading software

0

Affordability

3

Content

4

Age appropriate

4

Sound

4

Average

3.8

Description of Content:    Also included in this CD is a Resource Room that contains full-text articles and tools of immediate and relevant use for the new educator. The CD is filled with attractive and informative screens, stimulating activities, quality videos, and an online learning styles assessment.

Navigation and Structure:    This new CD is packed with information every newcomer to adult education needs to know. It covers four major sections and it also includes a “Resource Room” (with articles and tools)

  1. The Adult Learner
  2. The Adult Education Program
  3. The Adult Educator
  4. Professional Development

Instructional Applications:    Adult Learning Education Instructors.

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Program Title

Quia.com      http://www.quia.com

Publisher

Quia Corporation (Quintessential Instructional Archive)

Subject

Web-based tools for teaching

Level

Instructors

Program features

A directory of thousands of online activities and quizzes in more than 50 subject areas; Templates for creating 14 different types of online activities, including flashcards, matching, concentration (memory), word search, hangman, jumbled words, ordered list, picture perfect, pop-ups, challenge board, scavenger hunt, rags to riches (a quiz-show style trivia game), columns, and cloze exercises; Tools for creating online quizzes with up to eight question types; Quiz administration and reporting tools; Class Web pages;Calendars and schedules; Online surveys

Computer Requirements

OS Windows 98, 2000, XP

Internet connection

Internet Explorer 4.0-6,0 Netscape 3.0-6.0, AOL

Price

$ 49.00 /year (single membership)

Overall Rating

2.8   Good

Evaluation Scale (scale score 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

2

Content

3

Age appropriate

0

Sound

0

Average

2.8

Description of Content:     Web-based program that provides instructors with tools for teaching.  It allows for HTML editing to customize the activities and upload files.  It is a simple way to use their already made templates and add content according to the curriculum.

Navigation and Structure:    The Quia Directory is the starting point for new users. It is a collection of thousands of activities categorized into 50 subject areas such as:

Activities in 15 languages, from Spanish, French, and German to Chinese, Turkish, and Esperanto; Math activities in topics ranging from addition of one-digit numbers to algebra and trigonometry; Science activities covering biology, physics, chemistry, genetics, astronomy, medicine, and technology; Activities for all age levels, from alphabet and counting activities to university-level economics, history, and science; Games and quizzes for studying vocabulary words from popular textbooks. Spanish covers 20 textbooks; French, 19; and German, 7; From the directory, you can access Activity & Quiz Creation Templates, Quiz Administration Reporting and Grading Tools, Class Pages, and the Activity Manager.

Instructional Applications:    Ideally targeted for Adult and pre-college level Education.

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Program Title

TechSmith Web Site

Publisher

www.techsmith.com/

Subject

Instructor Development

Level

Intermediate

Program features

SnagIt, Camtasia DubIt, Screen Recorder SDK

Computer requirements

Windows and a Pentium II or better

Price

SnagIt. #39.95, Camtasia $150,00 DubIt $20.00 Screen Recorder $400.00 per license.

Overall rating

4  Excellent

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

User Friendly

4

Interesting Interface

4

Ease od loading software

4

Affordability

4

Content

4

Age Appropriate

0

Sound

0

Average

4

Description of Content:   This web site provides software for creating presentations, documentation, and tutorials.  They have programs for capturing screen shots, voice, and video files.  Practically every software program for creating that exciting presentation is available for downloading and purchase. This web site also offers trials and demos of the software.  This is a great feature since it allows one to test the software before making a purchase.

Navigation and Structure:   This is a nice web site and easy to navigate. There are no banner ads or pop-ups ads, which are very distracting and take a long time to load. The navigation buttons are large, easy to read and let the visitor know right away that there are free demos, programs that can be purchased and downloaded, links to company sites and technical support is provided.  All questions that I ask of a software are answered on the home page.

Instructional Applications:   Teachers/Instructors could put together presentations on subjects being discussed in the classroom.  IT lab managers would find the invaluable in creating tutorials on software or procedures.

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Program Title

VARK

Publisher

Neil Fleming  www.vark-learn.com

Subject

Learning Style Inventory

Level

Beginning Literacy – High Adult

Program features

Printable instructors/student reports, study guide

Computer requirements

Internet Access

Price

Free

Overall rating

3.8  Excellent

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

User friendly

4

Interesting Interface

4

Ease of loading

0

Affordability

4

Content

3

Age Appropriate

4

Sound

0

Average

3.8

Description of Content:   The program is designed to improve communication between teachers and students and enhance the learning process by evaluating learning styles.  The questionnaire consists of twelve questions that evaluate the persons preferred mode of learning, but it must be stressed that their preferred mode is not the only way they can learn.  The program covers five different learning styles and explains how each processes information and proposes teaching and studying tactics.  The information can be printed out for further reference.

Navigation and Structure:   This program is easy to navigate because it is set-up in an outline format.  The first step in the process is to answer the questionnaire.  The next step is to print their results of the preferred learning style.  The last step is to print the help sheets that apply to each of the learning styles.  The help sheets describe how information is processed and a lot of study strategies are discusses.  That is a section for teachers advising how to field questions and how to administer the questionnaire.

Instructional Applications:   This program could be used to assist in the structuring of an individualized study program.  For instance, if someone’s main style of learning is auditory, the suggestion would be more lecturing and less reading.  Keeping in mind that these results are the preferred leaning style, but not the only learning style.  Therefore, it is not suggested that the curriculum be changed for any one student.  However, knowing the learning preference for each student will allow for flexibility in the classroom.

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Program Title

WordAloud

Publisher

Cloudworld Ltd

Subject

Assistive reading program

Level

ESL or Reading Disability

Program features

Ability to read any text or html file on the computer

Computer Requirements

The program runs on Windows 95, 98 and Windows ME, and requires,
100 MHz CPU or greater
4.5 megabytes of free hard drive space
16 megabytes of RAM.

Price

$ 44.95 for a personal copy

Overall Rating

3.5   Excellent

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

User Friendly

4

Interesting Interface

3

Ease of loading software

4

Affordability

4

Content

4

Age appropriate

0

Sound

2

Average

3.5

Description of Content:   This review is based on a trial version of WordAloud.  It came with an excerpt of the book “Alice in Wonderland” as a html file.  It also has detailed instructions in the Help file.  More content can be added to use with any text or html files as needed.

Navigation and Structure:   This program comes with a range of customizable options. For instance, you can change the background and text colors of the display. You can change the font, and the font size of the text, and the speed at which the text is displayed. As well, WordAloud comes with a wide selection of voices, both male and female, to choose from. As well, the reader's voice can be tweaked by changing its speed, volume, and pitch. WordAloud also comes with two very handy files, a demonstration module that shows you some of the uses of the program, and a help file that teaches the first time user how to set up and use the program.

WordAloud is easy to use. You simply open the program, select the file you want to read, open it, and select the 'play' button. As the text is read, it is displayed, one word at a time. You can elect to have the program pause after each word; this option requires that you click on the forward button to proceed to the next word. You can also have it read one full sentence before it pauses, or you can set it not to stop until the entire file is read. The program can also be 'told' to spell out a given word in the text, which it will do, one letter at a time. You also have the option of pausing the reading at any point, and you can move forward and backwards within the text that you are reading. As well, if you are using the 'text' only option and come across a word that you cannot read, all you need do is pause the program and have it read the word to you.

Instructional Applications:    People with special needs (dyslexia, visual impairment, or other problems reading text from the computer).  Also it wound be helpful to ESL students in reading and pronunciation.

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