A complete graphics package containing more than 3,000 graphics organized by subject. Compatible with print shop and more. Price: $149.95 for Apple 40-disk set; $189.95 for color Apple IIGS 36-disk set; $169.95 for IBM 38-disk set. Educational Resources; (800) 624-2926. Gr. K-12.
This paint program improves on features from other existing paint programs and offers dozens of advanced color-graphic editing features and special effects. Easy-touse features. Includes more than 100 keyboard commands, which make painting easy. Platinum Paint is also system 5.03compatible. Beagle Bros. Inc., 6215 Ferris Square, Number 100, San Diego, CA 92129; (619) 452-5500. Gr. K-12.
By Broderbund Software
BannerMania uses simple menus and creative capabilities to help you produce spectacular banners, posters, and bumper stickers quickly and easily with a host of extraordinary special effects. Broderbund Software, 17 Paul Drive, San Rafael, CA 94903-2101; (800) 521-6263. Gr. 4-12.
Award Maker Plus
Print awards and certificates in just minutes using your computer and dot-matrix printer. Apple, Macintosh, IBM, C64, Amiga versions. Baudville Computer Products, 5380 52nd St., S.E., Grand Rapids, MI 49512; (616) 698-0888. Gr. 5-12.
WordPerfect 5.1 Transition
The transition course, moving up to WordPerfect 5.1, is a fast-paced course that allows previous users of WordPerfect to quickly master the new and improved features of WordPerfect 5.1. (800) LEARNPC. Gr. 9-12.
dBase IV Transition Training
The transition, moving up to dBase IV, is an accelerated course that allows previous users of dBase to quickly master the new features of dBase IV. (800) LEARN-PC. Gr. 9-12.
Lotus 1-2-3 Beginning To Advanced Skills
Lotus 1-2-3 Beginning to Advanced Skills is a highly detailed, self-explanatory video training program that enables users to master both the elementary and advanced features of Lotus 1-2-3 quickly and easily. (800) LEARN-PC. Gr. 9-12.
Teach Yourself WordPerfect
Teach Yourself WordPerfect enables you to master WordPerfect skills in half the time. American Training International, 12638 Beatrice St., Los Angeles, CA 90066; (213) 823-1129. Gr. 9-12 and higher education.
WordPerfect 5.1 Training Series
The WordPerfect 5.1 Training Series offers comprehensive, easy-to-use training that will quickly enable beginners or previous users of WordPerfect to learn the concepts and features of WordPerfect 5.1. (800) LEARN-PC.
The C Video Workshop
This uniquely effective, thorough, and easy-to-use training course in C language is structured so programmers will be able to write well-designed, efficient programs in standard C. (800) LEARN-PC.
EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
Reading and math problem-solving adventure game introduces classification, labeling, letter/picture/number/shape matching, discrimination and visual memory skills, and counting. Apple, IBM/Tandy, MGGA graphics. Price: $49.99; $129 for lab packs. Mindplay; (602) 322-6365. Gr. preK-2.
Desktop publishing word processor for beginning readers. 192-graphics library, 616-word dictionary. Picture-to-text translator helps children express themselves. Apple, IBM/Tandy, MGGA graphics. Price: $49.99; $129 for lab packs. Mindplay; (602) 322-6365. Gr. preK-3.
Talking Animals Activity Set
Youngsters not only see super-highresolution graphics of the animals but can also make them speak, change their colors, and create their own animals. Apple IIGS specific. Price: $59. Orange Cherry Software, P.O. Box 390, Pound Ridge, NY 10576; (914) 764-4104. Gr. preK-4.
Talking First Reader
A real human voice helps youngsters identify words, put these words into sentences, and finally read entire sentences. Apple IIGS specific. Price: $59. Orange Cherry Software, P.O. Box 390, Pound Ridge, NY 10576; (914) 764-4104. Gr. K-3.
Iggy the dinosaur speaks in a human voice. Children learn the names of different dinosaurs, find them in the jungle, count their bones, and color them. Apple IIGS specific. Price: $59. Orange Cherry Software, P.O. Box 390, Pound Ridge, NY 10576; (914) 764-4104. Gr. K-4.
Through a real human voice, youngsters learn the use and value of money. Operates in Apple IIGS specific environment. Price: $59. Orange Cherry Software, P.O. Box 390, Pound Ridge, NY 10576; (914) 7644104. Gr. K-4.
Talking First Writer
Youngsters learn to express themselves using the full capacity of their computers. They learn to build sentences illustrated through colorful graphics and a human voice. Apple IIGS specific. Price: $59. Orange Cherry Software, P.O. Box 390, Pound Ridge, NY 10576; (914) 764-4104. Gr. K-4.
Talking USA Map
The 50 states of the nation come alive with human speech and colorful graphics. Children learn state names, locations, and capitals. Apple IIGS specific. Price: $59. Orange Cherry Software, P.O. Box 390, Pound Ridge, NY 10576.
Lexia Touch And Learn Software
Designed by educators and reading specialists for readers in grades K-3. Appropriate for special education, mainstream, and classroom use. Lexia Learning Systems Inc., P.O. Box 466, Lincoln, MA 01773; (617) 259-8752.
Expand the graphics capabilities of the Children’s Writing and Publishing Center with this new disk from the program’s creators. More than 120 color graphics representing more than 25 holidays. Creative Pursuits, 12151 La Casa Lane, Los Angeles, CA 90049; (213) 472-1179.
ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE
House/At The Zoo
Combines spelling, visualization and pronunciation of house objects and zoo animals, and vocabulary. Complete with test disk. Mac with HyperCard required. Networkable. ESL monolingual or bilingual Spanish versions with Spanish translations. Price: $39.95. Gessler Educational Software, 55 W. 13th St., New York, NY 10011; (212) 627-0099.
ESL Picture Grammar
Visually interactive program helps create sentences. Builds from simple statements to questions and negatives for present, future, past, progressive tenses. Reviews, scores, corrects. Apple II. Price: $59.95. Gessler Educational Software, 55 W. 13th St., New York, NY 10011.
Contains grammar review, variety of exercises, and diagnostic information that identifies verb form the student used and gives student hints for various kinds of mistakes made. PC 256K networkable. Price: $49.95 for two-part program. Gessler Educational Software; (212) 627-0099.
PostScript, plain, and bold fonts for Russian and 18 other Cyrillic languages with four alternative keyboards: Soviet, transliterated, Ukrainian, and Serbian. Price: $149.95. Linguist’s Software Inc., P.O. Box 580, Edmonds, WA 98020; (206) 775-1130. Fax: (206) 771-5911. Gr. K-12.
MacKanji 6.0.5 includes KanjiTalk, MiniWriter, MultiFinder, system switcher, ASL talk, Ninja term, Kyoto and Osaka fonts; 6,800 Kanji characters, hiragana, katakana. Price: $99.95 for a five-disk set. NTXJ fonts, add $25. Linguist’s Software Inc., P.O. Box 580, Edmonds, WA 980200580; (206) 775-1130. FAX: (206) 7715911. Gr. K-12.
Mensch, Weisste, Was!
Test knowledge of German trivia with this game. On-screen help and instruction in German or English. Vocabulary screens and help options also provided. PC networkable. Price: $35. Free catalog. Gessler Educational Software, 55 W. 13th St., New York, NY 10011; (212) 627-0099. Intermediate to advanced levels.
Introduction To Latin Vocabulary
Teaches Latin words, English cognates, numbers, Roman numerals, familiar phrases, endings, medical Latin. Add vocabulary words and create printable tests. Apple. Price: $35.95 each for levels I and II; $65 for both levels. Gessler Educational Software, 55 W. 13th St., New York, NY 10011; (212) 627-0099.
Salsa: Writing Assistant For Spanish
An innovative, user-friendly software to improve students’ writing skills: a word processor with rapid access to three megabytes of Spanish-language “helps.’' For MS-DOS machines, with or without networking. Interlex Associates Inc., P.O. Box 252, Ithaca, NY 14851; (607) 387-9688.
MindPlay: Race The Clock
Memory/language skills and verb practice in a word-matching game. Three concentration skills with colorful animated verbs and sound. Create unique matching games. Apple, IBM/Tandy. Price: $39.99; $129 for lab packs. Mindplay; (800) 221-7911. Gr. preK-6.
Spelling games, computer work sheet activities, and 180-word modifiable lists. Has two computer games for one or two students and four other games to be played on computer-generated work sheets for the class. Apple II family. Price: $49.95. Data Command Inc.; (800) 528-7390. Gr. 1-6.
Bake & Taste
By selecting a recipe and organizing ingredients, students learn to measure and follow directions. Builds better reading habits. Customize with challenge upgrade. IBM/Tandy 3.5, 2.5, Apple. Price: $49.99; $129 for lab packs. Mindplay; (602) 3226365. Gr. 1-8.
A game of reading from fact or opinion. Sixty stories, graphics library, and createstory option. Change sound, difficulty levels, text speed, print and performance options. Apple, IBM/Tandy. Price: $49.99; $129 for lab packs. MindPlay; (800) 2217911. Gr. 2-8.
Prefix, suffix, and root-word recognition taught in game format. Contains list of 400 words. Provides for new challenges each game. Apple II family. Price: $39.95. Data Command Inc., 119. S. Schuyler Ave., P.O. Box 548, Kankakee, IL 60901; (800) 5287390. Gr. 3-5.
Allows teachers to design customized reading program for students. Comes with diagnostic test covering 16 word-attack skills. Apple II family. Price: $299.95. Data Command Inc., 119 S. Schuyler Ave., P.O. Box 548, Kankakee, IL 60901; (800) 5287390. Gr. 3-6.
MindPlay: Ace Detective
A reading game for critical reading and problem-solving skills. Teaches how to organize information and draw conclusions. Features a library of 60 mysteries and a story creator. Apple, IBM/Tandy. Price: $49.99; $129 for lab packs. MindPlay; (800) 221-7911. Gr. 3-8.
Big Door Deal
This program teaches reading skills in a take-off of a popular TV game show. Comprehension skills reinforced with grand prizes awarded at the end of the game. Apple II family. Also available for TRS80. Price: $113.75. Data Command Inc., 119 S. Schuyler Ave., P.O. Box 548, Kankakee, IL 60901. Gr. 4-7.
Poet’s Pen II
Three programs teach students fundamentals of writing limericks, ballads, and sonnets in an interactive method. Apple II. Price: $39.95 each; $139.95 for all three. Data Command Inc., 119 S. Schuyler Ave., P.O. Box 548, Kankakee, IL 60901; (800) 528-7390. Gr. 4-12.
MindPlay: Math Magic
Counting, addition, subtraction arcadestyle game. Six automatic settings or customize with challenge upgrade. Step-bystep progression from counting to addition and subtraction. Apple, IBM/Tandy, Macintosh. Price: $49.99; $129 for lab packs. MindPlay; (800) 221-7911. Gr. preK-4.
Hands On Math Series
Hands On Math volumes I, II, and III simulate the use of math manipulatives. Includes colored rods, tiles, chip trading, geoboards, tangrams, a teacher’s guide, and reproducible student work sheets. Apple II, IBM, Macintosh. Ventura Educational Systems; (805) 499-1407. Gr. K-8.
Arcade-style math game with multiplication and division for grades 3-8. Children can answer quickly or use the screen to solve problems. Features automatic performance record. Apple, IBM/Tandy, Macintosh. Price: $49.99; $129 for lab packs. MindPlay; (800) 221-7911.
So You Want To Do A Science Project?
Follow Professor Bob as he takes you through the steps needed to create a science project. Apple IIe (128K), IIc, and IIGS. Price: $34.95, single pack; $75 for a school site license. CCIE, 23711 Arminta St., West Hills, CA 91304; (818) 703-0367. Gr. 3-9.
This program, for PC/AT/PS2 and compatibles, generates multiple-choice, completion, true-false, matching, and essay tests. Price: $99, includes building license. Full refund if not satisfied. Snowflake Software, 8 Cedar Heights Road, Rhinebeck, NY 12572; (914) 876-3328. Gr. 5-12.
Allows students to experiment with projectile motion, including the effects of air resistance and wind. A series of challenges is presented for student solution. Apple II, IBM. Price: $29.95. Vernier Software, 2920 S.W. 89th St., Portland, OR 97225; (503) 297-5317. Gr. 8-12.
Simulates the motion of various charged particles in magnetic and electric fields. A series of challenges is presented for student solution. Apple II, IBM. Price: $29.95. Vernier Software, 2920 S.W. 89th St., Portland, OR 97225; (503) 297-5317. Gr. 8-12.
Simulates the motion of an Earth satellite. Students control launch angle and speed and may use thruster rockets to accomplish the goal.Apple II, IBM. Price: $29.95. Vernier Software, 2920 S.W. 89th St., Portland, OR 97225; (503) 297-5317. Gr. 8-12.
Graphically illustrates the principles of geometrical optics. Reflection, refraction, Snell’s Law, total internal reflection, image formation, and more. Apple II. Price: $24.95. Vernier Software, 2920 S.W. 89th St., Portland, OR 97225. Gr. 8-12.
Cross Country USA
Discover America from the cab of your 15-wheel truck. Enjoy the scenery, avoid mishaps, and minimize expenses as you travel to some of 180 cities. Didatech Software Limited, 3812 William St., Barnaby, British Columbia, Canada V5C 3H9; (604) 299-4435. Gr. 5-9.
Cross Country California
Based on Cross Country USA, this program allows you to explore the geography of the Golden State. Didatech Software Limited, 3812 William St., Barnaby, British Columbia, Canada V5C 3H9; (604) 299-4435. Gr. 5-9.
Cross Country Canada
Based on Cross Country USA, this program puts children in the role of truckers on a journey through Canada. Didatech Software Limited, 3812 William St., Barnaby, British Columbia, Canada V5C 3H9; (604) 299-4435. Gr. 5-9.
Simulation for IBM places the user in a regional office of a global news network as a research assistant. Successful research results in promotions leading to director’s position. Available for Japan, China, and Germany--others soon. Price: $59.95 per country; $149.95 for all three. ICD Corp.; (800) 658-8567. Gr. 5-12. Circle Reader Service #3.
Personality Profile II
Based on the principles of Transactional Analysis, explores personality and human interaction. Includes a personality analysis, tutorials on discovering personal dynamics, the meaning of anger, and more. Price: $49.50. Psychological Psoftware Co.; (408) 688-6808. Gr. 8-12.
Assertiveness Training II
Sections of this program include an assertiveness evaluation, tutorials on verbal and non-verbal assertiveness, assertiveness tools, and a self-test. Price: $49.50. Psychological Psoftware Co., 312 Los Altos Drive, Aptos, CA 95003; (408) 688-6808. Gr. 8-12.
Interviews With History
Interactive conversations with those who helped shape American history. Each conversation is different and controlled by the student. Seven-disk package. Thirty-day preview. Educational Publishing Concepts, 61 E. Main St., Walla Walla, WA 99362.
La Carte De France
Colorful exploration of regions of France, including geography, history, industry, culture. Includes review and exam. Apple II. Price: $29.95. Free catalog. Gessler Educational Software, 55 W. 13th St., New York, NY 10011; (212) 627-0099.
The Software Toolworks U.S. Atlas
The entire North American continent accessible on your computer screen. Simply click on a state, country, or major city to explore populations, climates, highways, and much more. Easy drop-down menus and fully detailed EGA/VGA graphics. The Software Toolworks; (415) 883-3000.
A software package designed for teacher evaluation. Times, rates, counts, and reports teaching activities. Works on IBM compatibles or lap tops. Price: $197.50 for educators. Demo disks available. ECHO Solutions, 1010 N. State St., Orem, UT 84057; (801) 226-7800. Gr. K-12.
Build multimedia presentations and teaching aids from picture and paint files. Includes full color and sound. Link pages together and edit from a spreadsheet-style list. InfoTOUCH Marketing Corp., 120 Walton St., Number 1010, Syracuse, NY 13202; (315) 426-0513. Gr. K-12.
Provides scanning and analysis of surveys, questionnaires, evaluations, and other data-gathering instruments. Designed for basic statistics, easy set-up, and turn-key operations. Customized analysis and reporting available. IBM. National Computer Systems; (800) 447-3269. Gr. K-12.
A series of utility software modules (dataeditor score, document system) that allows user to enter data into statistical datamanagement systems and user-developed applications via the use of an optical mark-reading scanner. IBM. National Computer Systems; (800) 447-3269. Gr. K-12.
Provides computerized processing for achievement, skills, and ability tests. User can scan, edit, score, and generate reports for the major norm-referenced, standardized tests. Provides education and testing organization. IBM. National Computer Systems; (800) 447-3269. Gr. K-12.
An award-winning grading program for all grade levels. Grader-Aider’s extensive options allow it to adapt to almost any teacher’s needs. Sixty-day guarantee. Price: $65, IBM; $45, Apple. Demo disk available. Intuitech, 69 S. 400 E., Orem, UT 84058; (801) 226-2583. Circle Reader Service #30.
Fast, full-screen editing of grades, weighted assignment categories, and customized reports. Many special features for elementary, secondary, and college teachers. Money-back guarantee. Not copy protected. Price: $74.95, Macintosh; $59.95, IBM or Apple II, plus $3.50 shipping and handling (and 8.2 percent tax in Washington state). Misty City Software, 10921 129th Place, N.E., Kirkland, WA 98033; (206) 828-3107. Mention this listing and save $10. Circle Reader Service #23.
Designed to improve reading comprehension. Each story uses graphics, text, speech, and animation. Comprehension questions focus on main idea: who, what, when, where, and why. Laureate Learning Systems, 110 E. Spring St., Winooski, VT 05404; (800) 562-6801. Gr. 1-4.
Program requires strategy and application of math and spelling skills including consonant blends, digraphs, diphthongs, silent letters, as well as addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Apple II family, Commodore 64. Price: $75.95. Data Command Inc.; (800) 528-7390. Gr. 2-4.
All The Right Type
This keyboarding program covers all aspects of typing. Includes a record-keeping and authoring system and a word processor. Didatech Software Limited, 3812 William St., Barnaby, British Columbia, Canada V5C 3H9; (604) 299-4435. Gr. 5-12.
Adult Education Series
From 4th grade reading level to GED competency in as little as 134 hours. Tutorial software for basic-skills remediation/development in Apple II or MS-DOS format. Correlated with standardized tests. Free catalog. BLS Tutorsystems; (800) 545-7766. Gr. 7-12 and higher education.
A hardware unit that amplifies electrical signals along LocalTalk or twisted-pair cabling to allow for larger networks. Edutech/SITKA Corp., P.O. Box 51755, Pacific Grove, CA 93950; (408) 372-8100. Gr. 8-12 and higher education.
Q & A Write
An easy-to-use word processor with advanced features, including mail merge, integration with other software (e.g., Lotus 1-2-3), and the ability to use multiple fonts. Edutech/Symantec Corp., P.O. Box 51755, Pacific Grove, CA 93950; (408) 372-8100. Gr. 8-12 and higher education.
A complete cabling system to connect devices, such as Apple’s Macintosh, IBM PC or compatibles, and printers. Edutech/ SITKA Corp., P.O. Box 51755, Pacific Grove, CA 93950; (408) 372-8100. Gr. 8-12 and higher education.
Total Stress Management System
Explains all the dynamics of stress, symptoms and remedies. Exercises given in relaxation, breathing, desensitization, meditation, time management, and more. Price: $100, business edition; $89.50, student edition; $200, clinical edition. Psychological Psoftware Co.; (408) 688-6808. Gr. 9-12.
Stress Management II
Learn exactly what stress is and what causes it, measure the stress in your life, graph it through a Stress Log, and deal with its causes. Observe comparisons between positive and negative responses to everyday life situations. Psychological Psoftware Co.; (408) 688-6808. Gr. 9-12.
Software version of the popular game. More than 3,000 questions improve language skills while quizzing on cultural knowledge. Poses musical and text questions, many linked to graphics. Scores for player and subject. PC, Atari ST, C64. French, German, or Spanish versions available. Price: $39.95. Gessler Educational Software, 55 W. 13th St., New York, NY 10011.
Crossword Magic helps you create, play, save, and print crossword puzzles effortlessly. Build puzzles to use as study guides, add to school calendars or newsletters. The Software Toolworks, 60 Leveroni Court, Novato, CA 94949.
A version of this article appeared in the March 01, 1991 edition of Teacher as The Software Directory: Guide to preK-12 Software