New products from Harcourt Achieve help students master key concepts
Harcourt Achieve has launched two new products to help students and adult learners succeed.
Achieve It! helps teachers deliver targeted, differentiated instruction so students can master the state standards necessary to perform better on high-stakes reading and math tests. The program uses a varied set of tools to diagnose a student’s weaknesses, prescribe related lessons, and reteach skills such as vocabulary, comprehension, text structure, spelling, and more.
Cycles, a research-based reading intervention program, helps struggling high school students and adult learners read better. It builds reading proficiency by integrating vocabulary with phonological awareness, language usage, reading comprehension, reading fluency, writing, and listening.
“Cycles is an ideal solution for low-performing schools that have a high dropout rate,” said Tim McEwen, president and CEO of Harcourt Achieve. “It empowers students to drive their own progress–proceeding as their skills and proficiencies improve and ‘recycling’ to lower levels as needed.”
Save thousands on printing costs with these programs from BrightTools
Schools with high-volume printing can save thousands of dollars in printing costs with PrintQuota and PageSaver, two new software products from BrightTools Inc. of Boca Raton, Fla.
The costs for paper, toner, ink cartridges, and printer maintenance usually exceed the initial cost of the hardware, BrightTools said. PrintQuota allows schools to conserve their print, paper, and toner resources by controlling and tracking printing usage and costs across networks. For budgeting purposes, PrintQuota even provides complete cost and usage reports.
PageSaver prevents hurried students from printing multiple copies of the same document because the printer doesn’t process their print job fast enough and they click print over and over again. PageSaver intervenes in this situation and cancels the multiple print commands that normally would result in wasted ink and paper.
A PrintQuota server license costs $290 for K-12 institutions, $580 for universities, and $870 for corporations. A PageSaver site license costs $75 for K-12 schools, $150 for universities, and $225 for corporations.
New professional development module from HRW helps math teachers succeed
Holt, Rinehart and Winston (HRW) has added another course, called Teaching Mathematics to All Students Grades 6-8, to its professional development series that blends web-based and face-to-face training. In the new course, teachers are encouraged to study and apply research-based strategies proven to build student fluency in mathematics, especially for those students who are having trouble making sense of mathematics connections and algebraic thinking.
Teaching Mathematic to All Students has five modules, and each module contains five lessons. As trainers implement the lessons, teachers study standards-based instruction, ongoing assessment and monitoring, organizational planning, and successful work with parents. Each module includes video segments of best classroom practices as demonstrated by master teachers. All modules are self-paced or as directed by the trainer. Trainers also can generate reports on each teacher’s progress.
A single user license costs $200, but volume discounts are available.
Dell’s latest projector offers new features for the same old price
The new Dell 3300MP Projector replaces the company’s 3200MP Projector with enhanced features for the same price of $1,699. The projector’s auto vertical keystone correction technology straightens images, eliminating the need to place the projector directly in front of the screen. The 3300MP also ships with a full-function radio frequency remote control, allowing users to operate the projector from anywhere in the room.
Manual and digital zoom capabilities help ensure that images can still be viewed clearly when presenting from a distance. Other features include an Eco-Mode setting, which reportedly helps reduce noise output and increase lamp life up to 5,000 hours, and multiple connectivity options for PC and video inputs, including RS232 and HDTV.
Weighing just shy of four pounds, the 3300MP Projector’s XGA resolution (1,024 pixels by 768 pixels) will adjust automatically to accommodate the resolution of the source device. The new projector also features a brightness of 1,500 ANSI lumens and a contrast ratio of 1,700 to 1.
Tom Snyder’s latest product targets middle-grades reading skills
Tom Snyder Productions has launched a new reading improvement program called Thinking Reader. Developed in partnership with the Center for Applied Special Technology, the program is a CD-based series that targets struggling and special-needs students in grades six to eight.
Thinking Reader combines interesting authentic literature, key comprehension skill-building activities, and immediate corrective feedback into one system. Students read novels commonly used in middle school classrooms, such as “Tuck Everlasting, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, and The Giver.” Through prompts, hints, model answers, and immediate feedback, each student receives differentiated instruction and individualized support needed for success, the company said.
The series costs $500 per book and includes a CD-ROM, teacher support materials, and six copies of the book.
Get a clear picture of your school finances with Lawson’s latest software
To help school districts and other organizations manage and control their forward-looking financial pictures, Lawson Software has released a new software program called Lawson Budgeting and Planning 4.0. The application is based on SpendCap Manage, a product from Closedloop Solutions Inc., which Lawson acquired last September. With the software, school districts can view their entire financial status in real time so they can readily adapt budgets, spending targets, and expense forecasts. “Our customers are going to get more accurate budgeting and more effective control of costs and investments with this new application, because it’s designed to be embraced by the larger organization, not just the finance department,” said Richard Daley, Lawson’s vice president of Enterprise Performance Management.