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Tool Factory Launches SpellTrack for Reading Intervention

Monday, April 10, 2006 Sunderland, VT - Tool Factory's SpellTrack educational software allows students to improve their spelling and have fun at the same time. SpellTrack is a researched-based program that combines learning to spell with the left-to-right tracking fundamentals of reading and writing. Part of the award-winning On Track Series, Spell Track is comprised of self-paced activities, unique word lists, and patient reinforcement. As one student reported, "I looked for the letters and joined them up - it made a word I could read!” 

After logging in, students find themselves at a brightly colored desktop where they can choose one of two tasks: "Learn the Words” or “Test Yourself.” In "Learn the Words", the program briefly flashes a word on the screen while clearly pronouncing it over the speakers. The word disappears and is replaced by a jumbled string of letters. The student spells the word by clicking on the letters in-order and an animated pen circles each letter chosen. A correct spelling leads to praise, after which the child is asked to reinforce the word in the context of a sentence. Encouraging cues to "try again" are given in response to incorrect spellings, and eventually the program spells the word for the child while tracking it on-screen. 

In the "Test Yourself" activity, the program measures learning from the same word list. One-by-one each word is read aloud, then students are challenged to type the word in response. After the list is done, the student receives a quick overview of how many words they spelled correctly. The test can be taken as many times as necessary to improve learning and also reinforce daily vocabulary lists. 

For the educator, the ability to tailor SpellTrack to meet individual needs makes this program ideal for many academic settings including the inclusive classrooms, students studying for the SAT’s, or even dyslexic adults. Teachers can add students, edit word lists, make custom lists, and determine how long each word remains on-screen. There is also easy printing of reports for each student, seeing test results, and identifying which words might require additional reinforcement.  Teacher controls allow educators to change text color as well as background color making reading easier for dyslexic students, or students of other learning disabilities who may prefer other settings such as yellow text on a blue background.  SpellTrack also addresses the “phonemic awareness,” “phonics” and “comprehension” tenets of the Reading First program. Meeting these criteria is an important gateway to accessing state funds from the “No Child Left Behind” act. Other skills taught by this program include left-to-right tracking, sequencing, segmenting, and word recognition. 

SpellTrack workbooks are also available for $19.95, allowing students to work at home on the same concepts. 

Where to Buy

Spell Track is available from Tool Factory’s website or by purchase order.

http://www.toolfactory.com/products/page?id=2058

Platform:         PC/Mac OSX/Hybrid/Networkable
Item #:             2058
Single:            $69.95   Unlimited Network Site License:  $529.95
Tool Factory Inc., 3336 Sunderland Hill Road, Sunderland, VT 05250
To Order: (800) 220-8386               Fax PO to: (802) 375-6860

Spell Track is also part of Tool Factory’s award-winning On Track reading series.  For more information: http://www.toolfactory.com/products/page?id=2082

ABOUT TOOL FACTORY

Tool Factory is a woman-owned, Vermont-based business with the goal to make a difference in US education by providing superior educational software. The catalog offers over 150 titles, including a suite of digital imaging products designed to maximize the use of digital imaging in the classroom. Teachers, students, and parents join the Tool Factory staff in testing products to ensure that they are easy to navigate, fun to use, and beneficial to the learning process. Tool Factory is now combining many of the special education and mainstream products to better serve the inclusion classroom.

Media Contact: Jennifer Sweeney
Tool Factory Inc., 3336 Sunderland Hill Road, Sunderland, VT 05250
Telephone: (802) 375-6549 Ext. 201 Fax: (802) 375-6860
Email Address: Jennifer@toolfactory.com
Orders: orders@toolfactory.com
Website: http://www.toolfactory.com