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The Achiever! assessment program creates individualized lesson plans designed to provide differentiated instruction tied to learning standards for each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Students are tested and instructed on each of the standards throughout an automated personal learning plan designed to help them learn and master the required material. The program helps teachers identify student strengths and weaknesses early in the school year, allowing ample time to prepare for high-stakes spring testing.
PRODUCT R E V I E W S Compiled by Kathie Felix Managing Editor/Product Reviews Editor News of the latest technology products for K–12 may be sent directly to Kathie Felix at 5746 Union Mill Road, PMB 605, Clifton, VA 20124 or to firstname.lastname@example.org. Electronic Resources for Schools REPORT CARD This section provides concise, original reviews of new or important hardware, software, websites, and electronic media that relate to the K–12 curriculum. All = Highly Recommended reviews are written by practicing educators who, in most cases, have used the = Recommended software in a school environment. Where grouped into broad, age-appropriate = Good categories, these categories should not be viewed as prescriptive. To facilitate = OK in some cases “comparison shopping,” these reviews are highly structured. Reviewers prepare a = Don’t consider “report card” based on a five-star scale. GENERAL INTEREST SOFTWARE/WEBSITES Achiever! REPORT CARD media content includes animation and colorful graphics that provide an attrac- Company: Brainchild Corp., 3050 Installation A tive format designed to engage student Horseshoe Drive N., Suite 290, Content/Features A learners. ESL (English as a Second Naples, FL 34104. Phone: (800) 811- Language) students will benefit from 2724; internet: www.brainchild.com. Ease of Use A the focus on graphics in the lessons. Product Support A Price: $147 per class per subject. At the start, students are “pre-tested” Quantity discounts are available. on each content standard. At this stage, learning standards for each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. they can review mistakes by looking Audience: Ages 6–adult. back at the answers they missed. The This is more than a quiz program. Stu- correct solutions are shown immediate- Format: Internet-based: text, anima- dents are tested and instructed on each ly when a mistake is made. tion, and graphics. of the standards throughout an auto- Minimum System Requirements: A mated personal learning plan designed The Study Mode offers randomized computer with internet access and a to help them learn and master the re- multiple-choice questions with im- web browser. quired material. Self-pacing is obvious- mediate and detailed feedback. If a ly a strong feature of this program. The student inputs a wrong answer, the Description: The Achiever! program instruction is engaging and appeals to Explain button can offer instant assesses student knowledge as it re- various learning styles and abilities. guidance. Students must solve each lates to state standards and adjusts question before t
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