FACTORY WORKSHOP DELUXE BUILDS ON
POPULAR SCHOOL OFFICE
East Dorset, Vermont. April 11, 2003—The deluxe version of Tool
Factory Workshop, adds three more applications to the already-popular
office suite designed for the classroom. The original Tool Factory
Workshop includes a Word
and Painter. Using the same icons and simple interface,
the deluxe version adds Tool
Factory Draw, Tool
Factory Branch, and Tool
Factory Logo to the suite.
Each program can be configured using the same Administrator
tool found in Tool Factory Workshop, making them customizable
for students with individual and special needs, and across various
grade levels as early as kindergarten. The deluxe edition is a comprehensive
suite for developing basic computer skills amongst educators and
students alike. With the three new programs, kids can create all
sorts of projects for Art, Math, Social Studies, and Computer Science
Tool Factory Draw
drawing program offers even more features for those looking to create
maps, architectural plans, and geometric drawings.
The program allows students to move, adjust, and realign
shapes, stamps, and lines after they have been added to the page.
It’s great to use with a digital camera. Like the other applications
in Tool Factory Workshop, Tool Factory Draw includes
an on-screen bank from which students can add a variety of clip
art, shapes, and exciting graphics. A wide range of drawing tools includes: shading, graduated and solid
fills, rotation and scaling tools, a drawing grid, and themed color
Tool Factory Branch
learn the essential skills required for organizing information and
data. Tool Factory Branch leads students step by step through the
process of building binary trees.
The students formulate their own yes or no questions, and
then use these questions to classify a chosen group of objects. Text, pictures, and audio are easily added to the database from
the on-screen bank, or users can add their own media. As the objects are divided by the series of yes/no questions, a
branching structure automatically appears on the screen. Click on the magnifying glass icon to zoom
in or out of the database, or click “map” to view the entire branching
tree at once. Once a student
has built his or her own program, other students can “play” the
series of questions, such as “Is it an insect?”
and “Does it have eight legs?”
The process is as fun as playing “20 questions” and the result
for students is a sharper sense of how information can be sorted
and organized into meaningful categories.
Tool Factory Logo
Introducing students to the basic concepts of computer programming is a
critical task for computer science teachers, and Tool Factory
Logo makes it fun and visual.
An on-screen bank includes built-in, themed backgrounds,
including a collection of stunning world maps and high-quality photographs.
Students can choose from wide range of “turtles” from the
bank. A soccer ball, a ship, and a variety of people
are just a few examples of these “turtles”. There is also a bank of built-in projects, such as mazes and alphabet
activities that make learning to program with Logo more interesting
and rewarding. The flexibility
of the program allows it to support simple computer graphics as
well as sophisticated programming techniques.
In the easiest level, the one-key pad is used to direct the
turtle; while in the hardest, students type their own commands to
create more developed programs.
Minimum System Requirements
95+, 32 Mb RAM, 16 bit color, 800x600
Pricing and Ordering
Tool Factory Deluxe includes: Word Processor,
Painter, Spreadsheet, Database, Draw, Branch, Logo, Administrator,
and Bank Manager.
Tool Factory Workshop Deluxe is $289.95, and site license pricing is available.
online, or Phone: (800) 220-8386, Fax: (802) 375-6860
Email your order to firstname.lastname@example.org
or mail to Tool Factory, 3336 Sunderland Hill Rd, Sunderland, VT 05250.
About Tool Factory
Tool Factory conducted an exhaustive
search for unique educational software in various markets around
the globe. Their flagship product line consists of 26 educational
software tools, which were hand-picked for their innovative contribution
to computer-based learning. To complement the tools and applications,
Tool Factory also publishes an extensive range of curriculum titles
throughout North America. Their second catalog launched with 127
CD-ROM products, many of which are new releases in North America.
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