ABOUT” SERIES IS ALL ABOUT SUCCESS IN
Dorset, VT. March 12, 2002. What makes a software program excel in the
field of Special Education? Educators
and software experts have discovered that programs with clear activities,
audio support, and easy navigation for mainstream students can sometimes
be effective in Special Education settings as well.
With the All
About series, teachers and students across the whole spectrum
of education get 6 such successful titles. These fully speech-supported programs are brimming with colorful
pictures, engaging activities, and tons of opportunities for important
discoveries about people and the world we inhabit. A host of wonderful features makes the series appropriate for non-readers
and beginning readers, a quality that both Elementary and Special
Education teachers will appreciate.
All About Ourselves
Design a face by dragging features from a bank onto
the outline of your choice. All
About Ourselves leads children from the Pre-K to second grade
level through a wealth of such activities in the following categories:
Senses, Growing and Changing, and Same or Different. Clicking on the Senses picture sends kids to
a screen where they can choose to explore how things sound, taste,
feel, or smell. By selecting objects and then adjectives to
describe them from a list of words in the bank, children begin to
learn how to describe their experience of the world.
In “healthy eating”,
food items are dragged to “lots of,” “some,” or “only a little” categories. Same or Different introduces children to Venn
diagrams, Carroll sorts, and pictograms.
The Activity section of the program, accessed through the main
menu, includes an x-ray machine, a slide show, a story, a writing
activity, and a “make a face” activity.
All About Weather and
About Weather and Seasons is
an ideal supplement to those early morning lessons at the Kindergarten
and First-grade levels. Kids
get to record the day's weather in an onscreen weather chart.
Then they can go into a colorful bedroom, open two wardrobes,
and organize a heap of clothing on the floor by dragging each piece
of clothing into the cold weather or warm weather wardrobes. Opportunities to make pictograms, write using word banks, complete
puzzles, paint pictures, and even watch informative videos make the
program totally engaging.
About Space and Shape
About Space and Shape reaches
into the third grade level with a thorough look at the kinds of shapes
children can discover in the world around them.
In “Learn About Shapes,” kids can test objects for right angles,
sort shapes, and create nets of three dimensional shapes, which are
printable and great for reinforcement away from the computer.
Especially fun are the pattern-making activities in which children design their own patterns for various items
of clothing. There are even
quizzes in the Activities section.
All About Materials
Materials uses the same recipe for success to teach kids about
the properties of a wide variety of materials.
They can drag and drop objects into water to find out if they’ll
sink, float on the surface, or float just under the surface. More sorting and matching games, quizzes, and
writing activities abound. This
program has the added feature of an interactive game. Kids try to help a boy rescue a king in The Land of Green Jelly
by identifying the properties of materials along the way. If their mission is successful, they’re invited
to the Jelly Wobbles’ dancing party!
About Number at Levels 1 & 2
About Number at Level 1 is
a fantastic early math program that brings math concepts to life for
children at the K-2 level with colorful pictures and animations.
Children will be engrossed as they interact with an array of simple
math activities. Skills covered include: counting to
ten, ordering and reading numbers, adding and subtracting, making
patterns, developing one-one correspondence, and simple problem-solving. Word lists encourage kids to write about numbers
on the notepad. With full audio support, kids can work independently
or in small groups. Teachers can use the program to demonstrate
key concepts, encourage prediction-making, and make quick assessments
of their students' progress. All
About Number at Level 2 moves on to cover counting to 20,
counting by 2s and 5s, odd and even numbers, reading and ordering
numbers, place values, doubles and estimating.
simplicity of the series’ organization is what makes it so accessible
to young learners of all abilities and interests.
Each program is packed with tons of activities, all of which
can be entered by clicking on a large picture icon in one of many
submenus. Moving your mouse over any icon or interface
control produces spoken identification and instructions. Clicking on the help icon in the upper right
hand corner lets kids hear directions at any time. Many of the activities are completed by dragging and dropping items
on the interface, or by clicking on objects. Each program includes writing activities in which children can type
or add in words from extensive word banks arranged thematically.
The All About series offers teachers a wealth of opportunities for
reinforcing classroom lessons, and provides children with an exciting
way to build, try out, and test their knowledge of the world around
Minimum System Requirements
Pentium 133, Win 95, 16 MB RAM
System 7.1, 68040, 8 MB RAM
unit price per title is $59.95.
and PC versions are on the same CD-ROM.
all 6 titles for $319.95.
order toll free from the US or Canada call (800) 220-8386
Fax your order to (802) 375-6860
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order forms are available at www.toolfactory.com
About 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 is also distributing an extensive
range of curriculum titles throughout North America. Their second
catalog launches with 127 CD-ROM products, many of which are new releases
in North America.
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