World Book has
created the How
to Do Research
tool to teach students how to do
research. Available online, this
tutorials on 21st-century literacy skills. Students are guided
step by step through planning research, conducting research
in both print and online formats, evaluating sources, compiling and organizing data, and presenting research.
MORE INFO: www.worldbookonline.com/training/student/html/stu_11.htm
To help learners ages
3–5 build foundational
r eading, language, and cognitive skills,
cientificLearninghasanewreadinginter-vention program called the Fast For Word Early
L earnin g Series, designed for struggling readers,
English language learners (ELL), and special education students in preschool and kindergarten. Included in the product
package are the Fast ForWord Language Basics, Fast ForWord Reading Prep, and Fast ForWord Language v2.
MORE INFO: www.scilearn.com/k-12-educators/early-learning/index.php
Inquiry is an instructional technology decision support tool for
administrators created by Class-Link. This tool uses Web-based
reports to show administrators
real-time use of instructional
software, Internet, and computer
hardware. It provides real-time metrics, such as what
software program is being used the most, which students
are using what software, and which computers are getting the least amount of use.
MORE INFO: 1.888.963.7550; www.classlink.com/products/inquiry
PCI Education has launched the
Turbo Solutions Builder, an
online reading tool for students
with special needs. It’s designed
to help administrators and educators select instructional materials
with IDEA and Title I stimulus
funding. There are more than 200 vendors included on the
Turbo Solutions Builder website.
MORE INFO: www.pcieducation.com/solutionsbuilder.aspx
S erif, a developer of desktop publishing, design, and graph-
ics software, is now offering special pricing for educators on
Digital Scrapbook Artist. Students can use the program
to tell a story, record events, explore design techniques, or
create printed projects, such as posters and storyboards.
Features include high-resolution images, built-in photo editing tools, and digital versions of traditional scrapbooking and
crafting tools, such as stickers, glitter, and stylized scissors.
All work can be saved as a high- or low- resolution file, providing the flexibility of sharing it with others electronically or
printing it out for classroom walls or home refrigerators.
MORE INFO: www.serif.com/scrapbook
Lynda.com, an online software training provider, is now
offering a Certificate of Completion for subscribers who
complete a course. Students can list the certificate on their
resumes or offer it as proof of meeting prerequisites for
computer courses. Lynda.com offers online video tutorials
on a variety of software programs, including Windows Vista,
Mac OS, Microsoft Office, and specialized software for various professions. Schools can set up lynda.com accounts for
faculty, students, or multiple users in the library or
in computer labs.
MORE INFO: www.lynda.com