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Summer-Fall 2008 (#38)

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144 MacDirectory FEATURE REVIEW Co:Writer can be incorporated into the process, or used separately developing the paper. When students edit their papers, Co:Writer opens a lower window that second guesses words and sentence structure while student type their word document. SOLO's combined support system allows students to learn and develop a keen understanding to writing and reading. SOLO Literacy Suite sells for $785, with the individual software programs priced between $99 to $325. Struggling for the right word, and the online thesaurus isn't helping? Try Visual Thesaurus by Think Map . Type in a word and a virtual word web pops up. On the side, a color coded bar defines each word as a noun, adjective, verb or adverb. Some words provide voice pronunciation. Click on a definition and word relations pop up. Select one web word, and other word choices emerge. Settings can be adjusted to change font size, color and advance word choice. Visual Thesaurus can be purchased as a CD ($39.95), or as an annual online subscription ($19.95). The online subscription offers word searches in four different languages, word lists, educator resources, word-of-the-day, and various writer support topics. Art, Math, Social Studies and Science Apex Learning provides an online digital remedial curriculum that ranges from students in dropout recovery, intervention to alternative school programs. Classes consist of written material, with voice over reading, animated videos, graded and non-graded activities and testing for all subject matter (including reading and writing). Each class begins on a specific schedule with guiding teachers. All subjects are taught for middle to high school students. Lessons are broken down into manageable, interesting material. Individual students, home schooling programs to school districts use this program to either support or teach subject matter. Some courses offer Spanish interpretation, plus all classes are aligned to individual state and national standards. Priced at $350.0o per course per semester, Apex provides multiple pathways for students to achieve academic success. Brainpop offers numerous creative videos that explain a All courses require Mac OS X and a Web browser application. Special Features ELL support in 8 languages, Progress reports Spanish speaking tutors, Textbook support Thousands of education videos Choose specific tutor & price On-demand tutoring Video lessons, math games, practice tests Insert problems Answer steps shown Recorded sessions available for review Live tutors on demand 24/7 Hardware Req. None None None Headset w/mic, speakers Digital writing pad, web cam None None None Headset w/mic, writing pad pref. Access Time 7:30am-1am EST and 24/7 4:30pm – 12:30am EST SUN – FRI 24/7 24/7 1:00pm – 10:00pm CST 24/7 24/7 24/7 24/7 Live Tutoring Yes, also with animated tutors Yes, prescheduled No Yes, prescheduled Yes, prescheduled No, answers for odd numbered problems in 200+ textbooks No Yes, on demand Yes Subject Grades Math: 5-12 Writing: 8-11 Math, Science, English K-12 All subjects K-12 All subjects K-12 Math, Science Grades 3-12 Math 5-12 Math K-12 All subjects 4-12 All subjects 6-12 Pricing Contact For Pricing $15/hour $49/mo –Math $99/mo-English $49/mo-Science $9.95/mo. $99/year $5-60/hr Some free 1/2 hr tutoring $15/hr for 4X/week $29 for 2 mo. $49 for 12 mo. Free $29.99 for 50 minutes $19.99/hour $99.99/mo. Company Apangea Learning Class of 1 Cosmeo Eduwizards Excelstudents Hotmath Mat hway Direct Tutor Vista Homework Helpers > If access to community homework services is difficult, below are alternative online solutions.

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