FileMaker Inc. has introduced an “Education Starter Kit,” a free bundle of five pre-designed, ready-to-use database solutions for educators and administrators. The solutions can be used right away to track faculty and staff efficiently; manage curriculum, admissions, and gradebooks; store mathematical clip art for ready use; manage registrations and course offerings; and organize class materials all in one place. With HumanResources, developed by School Base (http://www.school-base.com), users can access and maintain basic demographic information for all employees, as well as assignment history, certificates, degrees, dates of service, professional credits, and more. Users also can track salary information and charge it to one or more accounts. CourseTracker, developed by iSolution (http://www.isolutions-inc.com), manages courses offered by semester, quarter, and year and tracks all students who have taken those courses. Users can view all enrolled students by class, as well as those who are wait-listed. Upon course completion, users can easily record grades and print report cards, the company says. Math Art, from Super School (http://www.superschoolsoftware.com), allows teachers to find and use the math clip art needed to build mathematical word problems. This customizable solution comes complete with a built-in teacher’s notes section to help teachers create story problems that will assist students in meeting state standards. Sample clip art is included to give teachers a head start in building their own clip-art libraries. CourseWizard Lite, developed by Waves in Motion (http://www.wmotion.com), is a course registration solution that helps administrators manage their staff development programs easily and efficiently. Users are able to create basic catalogs, manage course availability, track grades and registration, and more. Curricula, a curriculum management solution from dbGenius (http://www.dbgenius.com), allows a teacher to store and manage the content for an entire class curriculum. Computer files, such as a slide presentation or spreadsheet application, can be stored in the database along with the lesson outline and objectives. Teachers can search the database to select a lesson plan based on subject matter, grade level, and other information. The Education Starter Kit also comes with a 30-day free trial version of FileMaker Pro 7, a standard database program reportedly used by more than 10,000 schools worldwide. FileMaker Pro is now available to eligible educational institutions for $149, which is half off the suggested list price for the software.
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