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The mathematics portion of Study Island SAT helps students master both computation problems and word problems similar to those used on the test; the verbal portion includes practice for the critical reading and writing sections of the SAT. To the left of the screen, a menu offers choices including School Stats, Class Manager, Benchmarking (an add-on at an extra cost), Create New Topic (to generate new practice exercises), New Message, My Attributes, and My High Scores. (The Custom Assessment Builder is currently available for math and reading in grades 3-8; not all subjects and topics have unique question banks available.) The Live View feature provides a real-time monitoring system that allows teachers to observe the students' progress as they work.
HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAMS PRODUCTS @ SCHOOLS Recommendation: Early World of and build vocabulary. The games reading and to build vocabulary and Learning provides leveled stories and activities reinforce sequenc- fluency as they begin to read. with colorful pictures and word-by- ing, ordering, phonics, fluency, and word highlighted read-aloud fea- comprehension. I highly recommend that teachers tures. The stories can be assigned explore this program and consider for independent reading or as lis- The many printable activities using it in the classroom. Highly rec- tening lessons. will enrich learning centers; ommended. the downloadable listening files add This program should be an enor- another resource to the classroom. Reviewer: Susan W. Hixson, Educa- mous help for educators trying to The nursery rhymes and songs help tional Consultant; (480) 837-7803; get students to practice reading students to learn the rhythms of firstname.lastname@example.org. HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAMS Study Island SAT/ REPORT CARD ers must enter student names and make a few easy adjustments. Gen- Study Island ACT Installation A erally, getting started is very easy. Company: Archipelago Learning, Content/Features A Installation Rating: A 3400 Carlisle St., Suite 345, Dallas, Ease of Use A TX 75204. Phone: (800) 419-3191; Content/Features: Study Island SAT Product Support A and Study Island ACT are two of many Internet: www.studyisland.com. test preparation programs offered by Price: The cost begins at $25 per stu- Study Island for various—often state- dent for an annual subscription to specific—tests for grades 2–12. Study Island SAT or Study Island ACT. Volume discounts are available. Reviewer Comments: The Study Island SAT and the Study Installation: No actual installation Island ACT programs were exam- Audience: Students in grades 10–12 is needed for this internet-based ined for this review; they are very preparing to take the SAT or program. Users should make sure similar programs with test-specific ACT tests. all of the needed plug-ins are in- differences. Both programs are web- stalled on the computer. Before us- based subscription services that can Format: Web-based test prepara- ing the program with a class, teach- be used by students or teachers at tion program. Minimum System Requirements: A computer with an internet connec- tion and a recent version of Internet Explorer, Netscape, Safari, or Hot- Java Browser. A Java plug-in is re- quired to play the games; some of the documentation requires Adobe Acro- bat Reader software. As is usually the case, the newer the computer, the faster the internet connection, and the more recent the browser, the better the programs will w
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