Although the authors (an elementary school principal and a university dean) note that they rarely review software in their column, they offer this praise for Inspiration software: "Seldom have we found a software package so versatile and adept at helping users enhance thinking and learning."

Inspiration ( is an education-oriented software package that helps organize ideas for writing reports and conducting analysis. Commonly used by middle-schoolers and high-schoolers, it also is popular with adults who are preparing reports or, in the case of educators, lesson plans.

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