PAR released the PAR Assessment Toolkit for the iPhone. The PAR Assessment Toolkit provides mental health and education professionals with a comprehensive collection of clinical shortcuts on their mobile phones. The application includes a date calculator, which can quickly calculate the deadline for a referral set-up; a score conversion chart, which converts between T scores, z scores, percentiles, and standard scores; an age calculator, which enables the clinician to obtain a patient’s exact age in years, months, and days; and a stopwatch, which counts down from a specified amount of time or counts up from zero. A mental age determiner and a bell curve are also provided.Price: free through June 1, 2010 Category: health
Cerebellum Corporation has released a line of Advanced Placement video tutorials covering four subjects: Chemistry, U.S. History, U.S. Government & Politics, and English Composition & Language. Each tutorial reviews 30 of the most essential topics, provides test-taking strategies, and analyzes the writing sections of the AP exam. All the AP topics have been extensively researched and reviewed by experts in the subject matter. Price: $49.98 each Category: AP
Five new video titles cover fundamental math, vocabulary, SAT prep, English composition, and U.S. history. Each title offers a comprehensive review of subject matter delivered as an educational video and a digital workbook. The workbook contains lesson plans, multiple-choice and essay questions, an answer key, and assessment tools for teachers. Each subject is based on national academic standards and reviewed by college professors. Price: starting at $49.98 Category: test prep
eInstruction announced today the integration of Insight 360™ with Illuminate Data & Assessment Management System™ (DnA) to provide educators with a way to upload rosters, assessments, and results.
The SPARK Science Learning System is an all-in-one mobile device that integrates probeware with inquiry-based content and assessment. The SPARK can be used as a standalone science- data-collection tool, or it can be connected to a computer via a USB cable and used as a data-collection terminal for PASCO data-collection software. A teacher can assign the class an experiment, and the students can use their SPARK units and probes to develop hypotheses, collect data to prove or disprove the hypotheses, and then draw conclusions.PROS: The SPARK comes with more than 60 preinstalled experiments. It is rugged enough to be taken outdoors and handled by elementary-, middle-, and high-school students. The SPARKvue software permits the same interface to be displayed on a computer so a teacher can deliver pre-lab instruction to an entire class via a data projector. Additional probes are reasonably priced. The SPARK is battery-powered, so it can be used outside the classroom. It allows students to record their data directly to the device. The experiments included in the SPARK let students collect meaningful data in real time. The device also has helpful online educator-training resources.CONS: It would be nice to have one kit that included all the probes; PASCO does, however, offer kits that provide the probes necessary to perform the labs that are embedded on the SPARK Science Learning System.OVERALL IMPRESSION: Science is not a study of facts and dates; science is a process. The SPARK takes this discovery process into account in a fun, easy-to-use tool.www.pasco.comRetail price: $329