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SCAN by TregoED

By Susan W. Hixson - Posted Jan 1, 2011
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Company: TregoED, 17 Research Road, Skillman, NJ 08558, (866) 268-3980, www.tregoed.org, email: info@Trego Ed.org

Price: A subscription to SCAN for one to nine teachers is $45 each per year. Prices decrease as the number of teachers increases. For a 1,000-student school, the price is $350. Unlimited site licenses are available. Free trial lessons are available before subscribing for full access.

Audience: SCAN is designed to be used by teachers and students in grades 6 –12. Current lessons focus on social studies and life skills, with further topics continually added; science is the next curriculum area under development.

Format: This program is totally online. Teachers and students access the web- site with a username and password.

System Requirements: SCAN works in Internet Explorer 7 and 8, Mozilla Firefox, Apple’s Safari, and Google Chrome. You must have JavaScript and cookies enabled for SCAN to function.

Description: SCAN by TregoEd is an interactive program that provides many lessons on social studies topics, current and past. The format is also available for teachers to create their own lessons or just enhance the lessons that are provided.

*****Report Card

Installation A

Content/Features A

Ease of Use A

Product Support A

Reviewer Comments:

Installation: Accessing SCAN is seamless for teachers and students, provided that they have an internet connection and computers available. In stallation Rating: A

Content/Features: SCAN is based on research in rational problem solving and decision making. To format a lesson in Civics, Current Events, Financial Literacy or History, you can search with a keyword for lessons in the library. There are more than 100 lessons formatted and ready for the teacher to customize.

For example, under History is Immigration. Students start by reading a scenario and then discuss the answers to questions. The teacher can add other resources and include the links so that the information becomes a part of the working project. The teacher can edit additional questions to prompt discussions, create the lesson, and print it out.

Stop and think things through.

Clarify key issues.

Ask yourself what is most important.

Now what is the next step or action?

Students log in with a password as an individual or group. Students are challenged to examine the issues from many points of view, discuss them, and evaluate them. Content/Features Rating: A

Ease of Use: The format is easy to follow and will focus students on the facts and the many viewpoints that each topic generates. Ease of Use Rating: A

Product Support: Support for SCAN is available in how-to videos and teacher tips. District workshops are also available. Schools may subscribe to an enewsletter featuring projects, tools, and tips. If you have technical difficulties, email supportSCAN@tregoed.org or check the website’s FAQ listing. Product Support Rating: A

Recommendation: Critical thinking and problem solving are difficult—but vital—skills for any student to master. SCAN provides organized lessons to motivate students and leads them to evaluate significant issues. The wide range of topics will meet the curriculum demands of teachers and address state standards related to problem solving and decision making.

Teachers will appreciate the ease of modifying the lesson questions, as well as adding online resources for students to review.

I highly recommend this program and hope that teachers will take advantage of the free trial to evaluate it with their students. Highly recommended.

Reviewer: Susan W. Hixson (swhixson@yahoo.com) Integrating the Internet, Educational Consultant, (480) 837-7803.


 
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