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Articles By Susan W. Hixson
Pinnacle Suite takes a holistic view of student achievement by supplying tools that generate assessment results and clear ways to analyze students' needs. Using state and national standards, teachers are shown which needs match with the standards and where additional instruction is required.
Posted 01 Jan 2012 / Jan/Feb 2012 Issue
Room 21 is an online learning management system designed to bring education into the 21st century. Students take online classes, and teachers design lessons to capture the spirit of 21st-century learning. Designed as a social learning platform, Room 21 provides tools for parents, students, principals, and teachers to collaborate, and it supports comprehensive skills needed to meet the challenges of the Common Core State Standards.
Posted 01 Sep 2011 / Sep/Oct 2011 Issue is a personalized learning program and the first digital platform to recommend books to students based on interest and reading level. Hundreds of digital books are available from several publishers and are shown in color with features such as highlighting text or reading text aloud to students who need those features.
Posted 01 May 2011 / May/Jun 2011 Issue
Science Power from World Book Classroom is an interactive program that brings science alive for students. It includes multimedia, teacher guides and tests for each lesson. Lessons can be presented to whole groups, small groups, or individuals.
Posted 01 Jan 2011 / Jan/Feb 2011 Issue
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.
Posted 01 Jan 2011 / Jan/Feb 2011 Issue
Susan Hixson reviews Early World of Learning, the newest addition to the World Book Classroom series, which focuses on preschool and early reading education. The online program supports educators as they help students build vocabulary, comprehension, phonics, and reading fluency.
Posted 01 Jul 2010 / Jul/Aug 2010 Issue
Susan Hixson reviews School Town, an online collaborative learning resource.
Posted 01 May 2010 / May/Jun 2010 Issue
Susan Hixson takes a look at it's learning, an online learning platform for collaboration, planning, authoring, and the delivery of course materials and courses.
Posted 01 Jan 2010 / Jan/Feb 2010 Issue
Susan Hixson reviews, a subscription-based online resource that provides access to thousands of interactive maps, videos, animated timelines, educational games, and educator resources for teaching earth science, geography, history, and social studies.
Posted 01 Sep 2009 / Sep/Oct 2009 Issue
Susan Hixson reviews Learning Plans on Demand, an online program that provides teaching tools for differentiating instruction, constructs response assessments, and offers tutorials and practice activities.
Posted 01 Mar 2009 / Mar/Apr 2009 Issue
Susan Hixson reviews Type to Learn 4, a keyboarding program designed for K-12 students at a variety of skill levels.
Posted 01 Jan 2009 / Jan/Feb 2009 Issue
Susan Hixson reviews an online test prep program for the SAT.
Posted 01 Sep 2008 / Sep/Oct 2008 Issue
Susan Hixson reviews Kidspiration 3, the latest version of the cross-curricular visual learning program for grades K-5.
Posted 01 May 2008 / May/Jun 2008 Issue
Susan Hixson reviews DOMA, an Internet-based supplemental math assessment program for use with grades K-12.
Posted 01 Mar 2008 / Mar/Apr 2008 Issue
Susan Hixson reviews Knowledge Adventure Activity Builder, an online teacher tool.
Posted 01 Jan 2008 / Jan/Feb 2008 Issue
Susan Hixson reviews Rapid Resources, an online teacher's tool for differentiating instruction.
Posted 01 Nov 2007 / Nov/Dec 2007 Issue
Susan Hixson reviews World Book Advanced, designed for use in high school and beyond. This database also has been used successfully in middle schools.
Posted 01 Sep 2007 / Sep/Oct 2007 Issue
Susan Hixson reviews an online math curriculum for middle school students.
Posted 01 Jul 2007 / Jul/Aug 2007 Issue
Susan Hixson reviews Study Island, an online program that delivers curriculum content and assessment features tied to state standards.
Posted 01 May 2007 / May/Jun 2007 Issue
Susan Hixson reviews WebLesssons, an online multimedia resource that replaces the typical browser window with a student learning path.
Posted 01 Mar 2007 / Mar/Apr 2007 Issue
Susan Hixson reviews Rand McNally Classroom, a Web site designed for teaching the K-12 curriculum in social studies, history and geography.
Posted 01 Jan 2007 / Jan/Feb 2007 Issue
Susan Hixson reviews Let's Go Learn/Reading, a K-12 diagnostic assessment program.
Posted 01 Sep 2006 / Sep/Oct 2006 Issue
Susan Hixson takes a look at Cosmeo, the Web-based homework help resource from Discovery Education.
Posted 01 Jul 2006 / July/Aug 2006 Issue
The Education Desktop is a customized Internet portal for teachers and students that provides access to education-appropriate applications and tools.
Posted 01 May 2006 / May/June 2006 Issue
Susan Hixson takes a look at updates to the math portion of ST Math + Music from MIND Institute.
Posted 01 Mar 2006 / Mar/Apr 2006 Issue
Reviewer Susan Hixson examines P.E.T. Learning Styles Solution, an online program based on the work of Carl Jung that evaluates teaching and learning styles.
Posted 01 Jan 2006 / Jan/Feb 2006 Issue
Reviewer Susan Hixson takes a look at ULtraKey 5.0 keyboarding software.
Posted 01 Nov 2005 / Nov/Dec 2005 Issue
Susan Hixson reviews Key Skills for Reading: Vocabulary Development, a multimedia program on CD-ROM for grades 1-3.
Posted 01 Sep 2005 / Sep/Oct 2005 Issue
Key Skills for Reading: Spelling & Phonics, part of the Key Skills series, is a multimedia program that offers creative ways to learn and practice phonics and spelling skills. The program's multi-leveled activities are designed to meet national standards for language arts.
Posted 01 May 2005 / May/Jun 2005 Issue
Kid's College is an online program designed to motivate students to practice skills and reinforce classroom activities. The program uses a sports theme to capture the students' attention and to encourage them to continue to answer questions and gain points.
Posted 01 Mar 2005 / Mar/Apr 2005 Issue
PLATO Intermediate Writing Process and Practice is designed to supplement and support the teaching of writing in the middle school years. The program contains levels of lessons with a focus on many of the specific writing skills set by NCTE and the Mid-Continent Research for Education and Learning Lab.
Posted 01 Sep 2004 / Sep/Oct 2004 Issue
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