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Deborah Healey, Editor

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Odyssey ELL Elementary

    Machine: Win, Mac
    Skill(s): comprehensive
    Publisher: Compass Learning Systems
    Purchase options: contact publisher
    Level: Literacy, beginning For: K-4
    Special use: elementary, literacy
    Comprehensive system that runs from a local server or over the Internet from the Compass Learning server. Includes extensive record-keeping and curriculum aligned with US government-required standardized testing (NCLB). The program includes a pre-reading progam and covers English structure and function, with opportunities for writing. Audio support is available in English and some languages.

Odyssey ELL Secondary/Adult

    Machine: Win, Mac
    Skill(s): comprehensive
    Publisher: Compass Learning Systems
    Purchase options: contact publisher
    Level: Beginning, intermediate, advanced For: All but K-6
    Comprehensive system that runs from a local server or over the Internet from the Compass Learning server. Activities work on reading and language arts comprehension and fluency to prepare students for standardized testing as well as pronunciation. Audio support is available in English and in some additional languages.

Opinion Zone 1, 2, 3

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): discussion, reading
    Publisher: Lingonet Oy
    Approximate single-unit price: $90
    Purchase options: 5-user, network
    Level: Intermediate, advanced For: All but K-8
    Opinion Zone titles deal with the language of expressing opinions, built around a studio debate. The topics of these debates include Gun Law, European Union, and No More Roads. In addition to the studio material, Opinion Zone titles include a variety of interviews with people ranging from an Australian government minister to a street vendor. Opinion Zone titles are not intended to be self-contained courses; rather, they are classroom resources that teachers can call on to support an existing study programme. CD-ROM. See the website for demos and downloads.

Oregon Trail II

    Machine: Mac/Win
    Skill(s): discussion
    Publisher: Learning Company, The
    See also
    online/mail order
    Approximate single-unit price: $20
    Level: Intermediate, advanced For: All but K-6
    Students make decisions following a simulated trip along the Oregon Trail. They can choose the month and year to start, with different hazards accordingly. The program has excellent graphics and a lot of information is presented on screen in the course of the simulation. Includes digitized speech. This lends itself to use in cooperative learning plans where each student in a team has responsibility for monitoring different information. There are a lot of resources about this period such as pioneer journals that can be used effectively in conjunction with this program. Having the students keep a journal of their simulated trip also works well as an extension activity. Now sold only through mail order vendors. Windows 98/XP; Mac OS 9. Not verified on Vista or Mac OS X.

Oxford Electronic Wordpower Dictionary

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): reference
    Publisher: Oxford Univ. Press UK
    See also
    Wida
    Approximate single-unit price: $55
    Purchase options: 38; site
    Level: Intermediate, advanced For: All
    This disk-based dictionary includes not only the usual word lookups, but also three levels of word games and puzzles. Learners can cut and paste from the dictionary into a word-processor and can print out words and definitions encountered in the games. British English version. Available from Wida.

Oxford Picture Dictionary Interactive

    Machine: Win/Mac
    Skill(s): reference, vocabulary
    Publisher: Oxford Univ. Press
    See also
    Wida
    Approximate single-unit price: $155
    Level: Literacy, beginning For: All
    Special use: Bilingual (Sp, Chinese versions), literacy
    CD-ROM version of the classic dictionary for beginners. Also available: English-Spanish and English-Chinese versions.


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Last updated 10 June 2010 by Deborah Healey, dhealey at uoregon dot edu
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