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Software Review/Emerging

Technology/ Innovative Uses


Presentation
Samantha Milton
EDU 214 1003
2/20/2016

Software Review
Macintosh Requirements
Name of reviewer: Samantha Milton
Mac OS 8.6 - 9.2.2
Software title: Achieve! Math & Science for Grades 1-3
Power PC 120 MHz or faster
32 MB of RAM
Publisher: Learning Company
45 MB free disk space
8X CD-ROM drive
Cost per single license/lab pack/site license?: Approx.
$20
Computer compatibility/system requirements:

Windows Requirements
Windows 95/98/Me/2000/XP
Pentium 166MHz or faster
32MB of RAM
45MB free disk space
8X CD-ROM drive
Sound Card

Appropriate grade levels: 1-3


Brief description of the software: Explore key topics using in early grade school math
and science through adventures, puzzles, and games!
Curriculum areas the software meets or addresses: Math and Science
What are the strengths and weaknesses of the software? Only for 1 st through 3rd grade
How long did it take you to become familiar with the program? Only a few minutes
How long might it take students? Why? Maybe 15 to 20 minutes. They want to explore
everything offered.
Rate the program according to the following Characteristics/Criteria: 9.5/10

Software Review
SA = Strongly Agree A= Agree D=Disagree NA=Not Applicable
_____ Program has educational value: SA
_____ Program is free from stereotypes: SA
_____ Content is of interest to students: SA
_____ Information is presented clearly and logically: SA
_____ Graphics, & audio contribute to the educational value: SA
_____ Students would enjoy using this program: A
_____ Program gives appropriate feedback: A
_____ Students control the program's rate: A
_____ Documentation is clearly written: SA
_____ Teacher's guide is useful: A
_____ Program in progress can be easily saved or exited: A
_____ Program is user friendly: A
_____ Skill levels can be adjusted by the user/instructor: A
Additional Reviewer Comments: This seems like a great software that would keep kids interested!

Emerging Technology
eTextbooks
Electronic textbooks available on any piece od
technology
Easy way to provide any student access to a textbook
anywhere and anytime.

Innovative Uses
Some schools are full-time online schools. Karval Online
Education in Colorado is a public K-12 online school that provides
a free computer for the family to use while the student is
enrolled.
Some schools are using blended learning. Michigan Virtual School
allows students to take online classes and access online learning
tools from their middle and high schools via this virtual school.
There are school that offer open educational resources, such as
the Vail Unified School District. The Arizona District has replaces
textbooks with a digital learning environment that enables every
school in the district to take advantage of an online tool to create
digital and support effective teaching.

References
Use of Technology in Teaching and Learning (2011) retrieved
from:
http://www.ed.gov/oii-news/use-technology-teaching-and-learn
ing
Achieve! Math & Science for Grades 1-3 (2005) retrieved from:
http://www.softwareforkids.com/children-software/2nd-grade/
29861-2.html
Achieve! Math & Science Grades 1-3 Review Corner (2003)
retrieved from:
http://school.discoveryeducation.com/parents/reviewcorner/s
oftware/achievemathscience1-3.html
Advantages and Disadvantages of E-Textbooks Online (2010)
retrieved from:
http://textbooks-online-review.toptenreviews.com/advantages-

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