SAFARI Montage has expanded the number of video titles for its grades K-8 and 9-12 customers to 2,500 videos and 13,700 images. The additions to the K-8 Core Content package significantly bolster grades 7 and 8 content in science, career guidance in STEM occupations, foreign language instruction, math, art and music, social studies, and health. The programs include Bill Nye: The Science Guy; National Geographic’s Guns, Germs, and Steel; Biography’s Barack Obama biography; and the BBC’s Real Chinese. The new content additions bring the total number of videos in the SAFARI Montage system core package to more than 7,000 and the number of images to 20,000. Price: Contact company for pricing. Category: video on demand
Co:Writer 6 enables students who struggle with writing and spelling to work at their own pace. The latest version teams with a companion application, like a word processor or Web browser, to help users build and write correct sentences.PROS: Flexibility and support for guided independent work are key features of this latest version. The word window is always active and displays on top of the companion program’s window, so it’s easy to see recommended words as you compose an email or blog or write a document in your word processor. Students having difficulty with written words can receive audio feedback, because the program optionally reads word choices and completed sentences. Co:Writer will also read aloud menus and dialogbox contents. In addition to three main dictionary options, there are dozens of topic dictionaries from which to choose. Several video tutorials introduce new users to the product.CONS: Unfortunately, most districts will find the application too expensive to install on every school computer. Instead, they will reserve access to students with special needs or IEP/504 plans, thus reinforcing the divide between students receiving mainstream education and children who have trouble accessing the general curriculum. This outcome, it should be noted, is not a fault of the program per se.OVERALL EVALUATION: Co:Writer 6’s strength lies in its ability to create a writing environment tailored to individual users’ needs. Struggling readers and writers both young and old and individuals with poor or illegible handwriting, developmental delays, physical disabilities, and learning challenges can use its word-prediction power to become better writers. While it falls into the category of assistive technology, it’s flexible enough to meet the needs of all students.www.donjohnston.comRetail price: Single licenses start at $325; network unlimited site licenses, $1900/volume discounts.—Carol Holzberg
Question: Our district has a Web site for professional development that requires us to login. However, when I try to use the Safari Web browser on my Macintosh computer, I get an error message saying I must use Internet Explorer for Windows. Is there a way to work around this problem? The IT Guy says: There may
Texthelp Inc. today announced the release of Read&Write Gold for Mac Version 6.
SAFARI Montage announced a new partnership with Knovation that will provide SAFARI Montage and netTrekker co-customers with Federated Search access to over 360,000 educator-curated, standards-aligned digital learning resources through the SAFARI Montage Learning Object Repository.