The tool provides K-12 educators with the information they need to implement one-to-one laptop computing programs. It assesses the technical and cultural readiness of a school’s environment for a one-to-one program, assists schools in identifying critical success factors that teachers and administrators may not have considered, and provides specific next-step recommendations to reduce risk and time-to-launch. Price: free Category: one-to-one
Lexia Learning Systems has expanded its offering of the popular Lexia Lessons and Lexia Skill Builders as a part of its Lexia Reading program. The program includes targeted practice, embedded assessment, scripted lesson plans, and offline practice to help students at all reading levels achieve proficiency. Using Lexia’s reports, teachers can easily identify students’ areas of weakness and use the targeted instructional strategies of Lexia Lessons to help them master concepts. Recently expanded to include support for Early Reading as well as Primary Reading, Lexia Reading now has 21 sets of Lexia Lessons available to support students in key skill development areas.Price: Contact company for pricing. Category: reading
The Reading Assistant readingintervention software combines advanced speech-recognition technology with scientifically based interventions to help elementaryand secondary-school students strengthen their reading fluency, vocabulary and comprehension.Price: $11,300 per siteCategory: reading
Burst: Reading applies a sophisticated algorithm that analyzes current and past reading-assessment data for a given class, groups students with similar skill needs and then creates a customized 10-day sequence of lessons arranged at the right pace and intensity for each group. At the end of the 10 days, the teacher evaluates students’ progress using Wireless Generation’s mCLASS handheld-computerbased reading assessment and uploads students’ results to the mCLASS Web site.Price: $60-$74 per studentCategory: reading
My Virtual Tutor-Reading is an interactive game made exclusively for Nintendo DS. The program concentrates on five reading areas: phonemic awareness, phonics, comprehension, fluency, and vocabulary. The game is available in pre-K, K-1st, and 1st-2nd versions, all based on age-appropriate curriculum and books. Price: $29.99 Category: reading
System 44 helps students who never mastered basic phonics and decoding skills in the primary grades learn the 44 sounds and 26 letters of the English language and get on track as readers and learners. The program’s adaptive software presents phonics in a unique way specifically designed for older students who are able to grasp complex systems even as they struggle with reading. System 44 includes the new Scholastic Phonics Inventory to help identify students who lack basic phonics skills. Price: Pricing for the program, which includes perpetual software licenses, varies Category: reading intervention
Sharp (www.sharpusa.com) has entered the 3D presentation market with the introduction of six 3D Ready DLP BrilliantColor professional projectors, which offer excellent 3D projection from a single projector. These projectors offer 3D support with both 60 Hz and 120 Hz XGA (1,024 x 768) and SVGA (800 x 600) sources. All six models provide analog RGB and component inputs, S-video, and composite video, as well as RGB loop-through, an RS-232C port, and a USB input for mouse control. The projectors also offer 10-watt stereo audio on the PGD45X3D and PG-D40W3D and seven watts on the other models in the lineup. The projectors also have a built-in network connection.