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Software List

Deborah Healey, Editor

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Race the Clock

    Machine: Mac
    Skill(s): discontinued
    Publisher: Mindplay
    Approximate single-unit price: $50
    Level: Beginning, intermediate, teacher For: All but HE
    Special use: bilingual
    Students race against a clock to complete a Concentration type game. Matches can be pictures of activities with corresponding words, picture to picture, or word to word. The program comes with a library of 60 animated pictures of actions to be used in the game. Teachers can also create new matches of word to word such as irregular and present tense verb forms, etc. Now part of One-Pick Pack (English only) or Language Pack (Spanish or French), which includes Ace Detective, Ace Explorer, Ace Inquirer, Ace Reporter, Easy Street, Race the Clock Language Arts, Word Hound, and some math titles. Pay a separate fee to install each the One-Pick Pack titles.

Read Up-Speed Up

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): reading
    Publisher: Sky Software House
    Approximate single-unit price: $100
    Purchase options: Sold in a reading package
    Level: Intermediate, advanced For: All but K-8
    Speed reading and reading comprehension program. The student chooses from a bank of 60 British English texts labelled according to category, including business related, science and technology, general interest, etc. Students choose the number of lines they want displayed at a time and the number of seconds they have to read them and the program runs through the text. At the end there is a short test on the content. Authorable.

Read&Write Gold

    Machine: Win, Mac
    Skill(s): reading, writing
    Publisher: Texthelp Systems
    Purchase options: Contact publisher
    Level: Beginning, intermediate, advanced For: All
    Adds a customizable toolbar to applications including Microsoft Word, Internet Explorer, and Adobe Reader, allowing students to access support tools from within mainstream software programs. It highlights and reads text aloud using natural sounding voices and also includes a comprehensive set of support tools for reading, writing, studying, research, and test taking. Features include word prediction, talking dictionary and calculator, screenshot reader, online fact mapper, speech input, PDF reader, and more. Windows 2000, XP, Vista, 7. Mac OS 10.4 and above.

Reader Rabbit Learn to Read Phonics

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): reading, vocabulary
    Publisher: Learning Company, The
    See also
    online/mail order
    Approximate single-unit price: $20
    Level: Literacy, beginning For: K-2
    Special use: Elementary, literacy
    This program is designed to make learning to recognize letters and words fun for younger children. It uses brightly-colored graphics with smiling animals to motivate sound-symbol practice. Several different types of exercises are included, mostly phonics-related. Students can choose which type of activity to do; a record-keeping function is included so that the teacher can see what the learner worked on and how s/he did. CD-ROM. Mac OS X and Windows 98/XP; not verified for Vista. Check the product specifications carefully to be sure you are getting the right one for your computer. Knowledge Adventure titles are now sold only through third-party vendors.

Reader Rabbit's Interactive Reading Journey 2

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): reading, vocabulary
    Publisher: Learning Company, The
    See also
    online/mail order
    Approximate single-unit price: $20
    Level: Beginning, intermediate, teacher For: K-2
    Special use: Elementary
    Thirty stories; games that promote phonics, word recognition and comprehension. On CD-ROM. Mac OS X and Windows 95/98; not verified on Vista. Check the product specifications carefully to be sure you are getting the right one for your computer. Knowledge Adventure titles are now sold only through third-party vendors.

Reading Blaster series

    Machine: Mac/ Win
    Skill(s): reading
    Publisher: Knowledge Adventure
    Approximate single-unit price: $30
    Purchase options: lab, site, T version
    Level: For: pre-K-6
    Special use: literacy, elementary
    The Reading Blaster series has three programs: Ages 4-6, Ages 6-9, and Ages 9-12. Multimedia drills and games build reading skills. CD-ROM. Teacher editions include 2 copies of the software plus teacher materials. Check the product specifications carefully to be sure you are getting the right one for your computer. Knowledge Adventure titles are now sold only through third-party vendors. Different versions are available for Mac OS 9, OS X, Windows 95/98/XP and Vista.

Reading Horizons

    Machine: Win, Mac
    Skill(s): reading
    Publisher: HEC Software
    Approximate single-unit price: $200
    Purchase options: home version; contact pub
    Level: Literacy, beginning For: All
    Special use: literacy
    Multimedia phonics instruction that follows a specific system of instruction, using both explicit (single letters to words) and implicit (words to sounds) instruction. The method requires that teachers be trained so that they can present the concepts in a sequential, cumulative manner. The program addresses "sight words" and teaches them from a linguistics standpoint, rather than rote memorization. It teaches phonological awareness, phonological decoding, phonological encoding, phonological recording, print awareness, semantics, syntax, and segmentation. The home version is geared for children; the school version can be used with adults or children. A demo is available on the website; interested schools can arrange for a more extensive introduction to the program.

Reading in the Workplace

    Machine: Win/Mac
    Skill(s): reading
    Publisher: Educational Activities Software
    Approximate single-unit price: $250
    Purchase options: $250 each area; lab, network
    Level: Intermediate For: Adult
    Special use: VESL
    Reading skills work in an employment context. Six work areas (sold separately or as a complete set): construction, health care, clerical, automotive, electronics, and food services. Each program offers three progressive levels of reading difficulty. CD-ROM.

Reading Street Fluency Coach

    Machine: Win, Mac
    Skill(s): reading, speaking
    Publisher: Pearson Education
    Approximate single-unit price: $290
    Purchase options: Grades sold separately
    Level: Beginning, intermediate, advanced For: 2-6
    Special use: Elementary
    Uses voice recognition software to build fluency in reading. Students read selections into the microphone, and software tracks words correct per minute and provides corrective feedback. Students can listen to model fluent readings and practice reading on their own. Grades 2-6 sold separately.

Road to Citizenship

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): reading
    Publisher: Trinity Software
    Approximate single-unit price: $120
    Purchase options: lab
    Level: Intermediate, advanced For: Adult
    Special use: Citizenship
    Interactive multimedia lessons help users complete the application for naturalization, study for the citizenship test, and prepare for the interview. The text can be read or heard, with vocabulary pronunciation and definitions available. A classroom version with record-keeping software and up to five simultaneous users is also available for $225.

Road to IELTS

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): testing
    Publisher: Clarity Language Consultants
    Level: Intermediate, advanced For: All but K-9
    Special use: TOEIC
    Published by the British Council, this program includes at least 100 hours of learning materials and provides comprehensive preparation and practice in every aspect of each of the four Modules of the IELTS exam.

Rosetta Stone: English Level I, Level II

    Machine: Win, Mac
    Skill(s): listening
    Publisher: Fairfield Language Technologies
    Approximate single-unit price: $300
    Purchase options: lab, site
    Level: Beginning, intermediate, advanced For: All
    Comprehensive second language tutorial program with target language only. Students see a picture and hear the word/ phrase/sentence with the text optionally turned on or off. After displaying/playing a set of four prompts, the program drills comprehension by presenting the audio cue to which the student selects the appropriate picture. The program includes a listening dictation feature. Students can also record their own voices. This program can be used as a stand alone tutorial for very low level students although they may need some help learning to use the computer interface initially. Audio files are included for use on a CD or mp3 player. Levels are generally sold separately, though some bundles are available. An online version is also available. Windows 2000/XP/Vista; Mac OS X.

Roxie's Reading Fish

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): reading
    Publisher: LatticeWork Software
    Approximate single-unit price: $10
    Level: Beginning For: K-3
    Special use: elementary
    Animated game environment for children with basic, high-frequency words; text and audio. Windows 95/98/NT/ME/2000/XP. Shareware download from http://www.freedownloadscenter.com/Games/Educational_Games/Roxie_s_Reading_Fish.html



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