The Product: Inspiration 8
The Company: Inspiration Software, Inc.
7412 Beaverton Hillsdale Highway, Suite 102
Portland, OR 97225
Inspiration 8 updates the visual learning program launched nearly 10 years ago for grades 6-12 with new and improved capabilities designed to help students visualize, think, organize, and learn.
The new edition includes expanded visual capabilities, increased support for writing, and a variety of curriculum resources. The program also updates existing features such as the RapidFire tool for quick brainstorming, the template wizard for creating custom templates, and the Site Skeleton export feature for fast Web site creation.
The new Inspiration offers more ways to learn visually. A keyword search helps users find symbols to better express ideas and represent concepts. More than 1,000 symbols are provided; more than one million additional symbols can be accessed through the program's Web resources. Video and sound integration features allow users to insert and play QuickTime movies, MP3 files, and other multimedia directly into the program.
Additional new program capabilities help students and teachers to jump start assignments, gather research, and streamline projects with curriculum templates, drag-and-drop actions, and enhanced transfer and export tools. Students are encouraged to write with more clarity and accuracy with the Word Guide dictionary/thesaurus and an automatic spell checker.
The program's complimentary Web resources provide curriculum packets, on-demand training videos, and additional symbols for concepts and ideas.
More than 50 new online curriculum packets for Inspiration 8 help teachers integrate visual learning techniques as they address multiple learning styles. Each comprehensive packet includes standards-aligned supplemental instructional units for high school language arts, social studies, and science.
Single copies of Inspiration 8 for Windows and Macintosh are priced at $69; upgrades are $39.95. Volume purchase and upgrade pricing is available.
Inspiration users who purchased their software after Nov. 1, 2005 are eligible for a complimentary upgrade. Until June 30, 2006, schools or districts with any volume licenses of Inspiration 7.0 and above can save 10 percent off their regular district cumulative volume license upgrade price when upgrading to Inspiration 8.