ful choices based on observation and
Out of the box, teachers will find a
CD-ROM (Mac OS X 10. 3. 9 or above
or Windows compatible) with simple
installation, a Teacher’s Guide and
one set of student guides. The retail
cost is $129 for one license, with discounts for multiple copies. Only one
license is needed for a classroom, as
the software is designed to run from
one computer on an interactive white
board. You may order it online at
the company’s Web site. The package
provides PDF files of the student and
teacher guides so you can make copies
or work from the computer.
Science Seekers was developed in
conjunction with the American Museum of Natural History and through
a grant from NASA. The software
immediately engages students by providing them with decision-making
opportunities parallel to authentic
field experiences. The activities give
a differentiated approach to content
delivery. The multimedia interface provides multisensory access to information meeting the varied learning styles
of the students. Its cross-curricular
approach with regard to vocabulary
lends itself as a tool for an integrated
approach with Language Arts curriculum. The software and its activities also
have the ability to read the instructions
to students, meeting the needs of audi-
tory learners, ESL students, and other s.
We were impressed with the total
package that Science Seekers provides
and recommend it as a product for
environmental studies. The cross-curricular connection to Language
Arts, rich vocabulary, multimedia
content, and virtual lab experiences
will allow students to gain a strong
understanding of the material with an
emphasis on problem-solving and collaboration with their peers.
Tom Snyder Productions
Jared Mader has been
a chemistry teacher for
the past nine years and
is now the director of
technology at Red Lion
Area Senior High School
in Red Lion, Pennsylvania.
Ben Smith has been a physics
teacher at Red Lion Area High
School for 18 years. He and
Mader are the science curriculum specialists for L&L.
Mader and Smith have been
recognized as Keystone Tech-
nology Innovators in Pennsylvania and have
presented at NSTA and NECC.
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