Achiever! by ProQuest

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									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 kathiefelx@aol.com.




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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