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Sequitur

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): writing
    Publisher: Higgins, John and Muriel
    Purchase options: freeware
    Level: Beginning, intermediate, advanced, teacher For: All
    Students practice arranging sentences of a paragraph in correct order. The computer presents the first line of a text and three possible continuations. Authorable. Teachers can enter texts into the program that students have worked with in class for students to practice on in computer mode.

Short Takes Interactive

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): listening, vocabulary
    Publisher: Pearson Education
    Approximate single-unit price: $55
    Level: Intermediate For: All but K-6
    Three-level CD-ROM program with authentic, unscripted videos to teach vocabulary, listening, grammar, and speaking. Vocabulary is in context; self-graded exercises focus on language in use.

Side By Side Interactive

    Machine: Win, Mac
    Skill(s): comprehensive
    Publisher: Pearson Education
    Approximate single-unit price: $200
    Level: Intermediate For: All but K-6
    Video-based software program that combines interactive video (from Side by Side TV programs), audio, graphics, and text to provide students with exercises and activities. Includes lifeskills and civics exercises, as well. Two-levels; each CD-ROM sold separately.

Signt Words

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): vocabulary
    Publisher: PerLingua Software
    Approximate single-unit price: $6
    Purchase options: site license for $25
    Level: Literacy, beginning For: All, Teacher
    Special use: literacy
    Flash cards and a variety of other sight word skill-building activities. Listen and select the word from a static list, a mixture of words, or a scrolling list. Spelling and review activities as well. Windows XP/Vista/7; Mac OS 8/9/X.

SimCity Box

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): discussion
    Publisher: Maxis Software
    Approximate single-unit price: $30
    Level: Intermediate, advanced For: All but K-6
    In this city simulation, learners plan and manage a city through periods of growth, recession, and various natural disasters. Getting started takes a fair bit of time and teacher work to prepare students, even at advanced levels. Once learners know the basics, however, the activity is very engaging. This works best as a group activity since many different areas need simultaneous attention to avoid the city's financial collapse and/or physical destruction. SimCity Box includes SimCity Societies and its expansion SimCity Societies Destinations, SimCity 4, SimCity 4 Rush Hour, and The Sims Carnival SnapCity. A Classic version is also available to play online for free at http://simcity.ea.com/play/simcity_classic.php

Sky Pronunciation Suite

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): pronunciation
    Publisher: Sky Software House
    See also
    Wida
    Purchase options: Contact the publisher
    Level: Intermediate, advanced For: All but K-6
    The Phonemic Alphabet in English, Similar Sounds, Word and Phrasal Stress, Stress and Rhythm, and Rhythms from Rainland. British English. Purchased by the British Council with a global license. A demo can be downloaded from the website at http://www.skysoftwarehouse.com/index.php?page=demo

SoftRead

    Machine: Mac
    Skill(s): reading
    Publisher: Softec
    Approximate single-unit price: $100
    Purchase options: Player only $50; lab pack, volume
    Level: Beginning, intermediate, advanced, teacher For: Any
    Two components: author and player. Author lets you add text and link graphics, audio, and QuickTime video to create dictionaries, gloss vocabulary items, create quiz items, writing exercises, word webs, and crossword puzzles. One free copy of Player comes with each copy of Author. Additional copies of Player must be purchased separately. Player lets the student view the items created, including multimedia links. It adds timed and paced reading; flash cards for vocabulary items; a game for word recognition, spelling, and definitions; letter and word recognition with a typing drill; a hidden words game, and jumbled words, sentences, and paragraphs. The program requires System 7 or higher and 20MB of free hard drive space.

Sona-Speech II

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): pronunciation
    Publisher: Kay Elemetrics
    Purchase options: call for pricing
    Level: Beginning, intermediate, advanced For: All
    Software component of Visi-Pitch IV that uses standard sound cards rather than dedicated hardware. It includes eight modules dealing with pitch, frequency, intensity, and articulation, and offers spectral measurements, motor speech profiles, phonation, a waveform editor, and audio feedback tools. Graphically interesting games are also provided to make therapy tasks appealing to children. Models of speech must be input by the teacher/clinician. Windows XP, Vista.

Sound Sentences I and II

    Machine: Mac/Win
    Skill(s): listening
    Publisher: Educational Activities Software
    Approximate single-unit price: $450
    Purchase options: I and II sold separately; lab, network
    Level: Literacy, beginning, intermediate For: 6-12, Adult
    Special use: Literacy
    Students can see pictures, hear a sentence with digitized speech, repeat for playback, and reconstruct the sentence. Exercises and activities are based on survival English settings useful for middle school through adult learners. Sound Sentences I and Sound Sentences II are sold separately. Can be purchased as part of ESL/Basic Literacy package with Core Reading and ESL Renegades.

Sound-Write

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): writing
    Publisher: American Literacy Council
    Purchase options: Freeware
    Level: Literacy, beginning, intermediate For: All
    Special use: Literacy
    Sound-Write corrects spelling errors on the spot while simultaneously letting the pupil hear what he/she spelled. Includes a 50,000 word vocabulary, implicit help with homonyms, simple 'language experience' queries, and secret tracking of the user's nonstandard spelling. The DECTalk Speech engine from Fonix Corp is included. It provides a human voice that says words in real time, spells them aloud, and reads sentences after they're typed.The previous version was called Spell-Well. Now a free download from the website.

Spanish English Education Resources (SEER)

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): reading, vocabulary, writing
    Publisher: SEER Education Corporation
    Approximate single-unit price: $279
    Level: Intermediate, advanced For: All but K-6
    Special use: bilingual
    Digital English Spanish dictionary including synonyms, verb conjugations and idiomatic expressions, and an interactive computer-aided translator (ICAT). SEER helps students develop and improve full English Spanish bilingualism.

SpeechViewer III

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): discontinued
    Publisher: Edmark Corporation/Riverdeep
    Approximate single-unit price: $1000
    Level: Beginning, intermediate, advanced For: All
    Interactive displays of speech for speech dimensions such as pitch or for speech patterns in extended speech. Students can begin with simple sound awareness and advance through exercises that fine tune the control of multiple aspects of voice (pitch, loudness, voicing). From there, students go on to prepare for complex speech. From IBM; available through Edmark.

Spell It!

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): vocabulary, spelling
    Publisher: MN-Software
    Approximate single-unit price: $20
    Level: Beginning, intermediate For: All
    This Tetris-like game starts by showing a word, then drops letters from the top while the player moves them into the right spacing at the bottom. The word is written off to the side for reference. At higher levels, the reference word is no longer available. The higher levels also feature letters that you don't need and letters that are backwards, upside down, etc. Only a few levels are available in the free version; register to be able to add words and change the settings. Download from http://mn-software.freepage.de/Spell_It.htm

Spell Mell

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): vocabulary, spelling
    Publisher: AHA! Software
    Approximate single-unit price: $20
    Purchase options: free to use; pay to author
    Level: Beginning, intermediate For: All
    Over 15 games modules are supplied ; check the website for more. Includes trivia quizzes and word puzzles for a range of ability levels. Free to use; register and pay the fee for authoring capability. Download from http://www.familygames.com/share/spel.html

Spelling Blaster: Ages 6-9

    Machine: Mac/Win
    Skill(s): vocabulary
    Publisher: Knowledge Adventure
    See also
    Amazon.com
    other mail order
    Approximate single-unit price: $30
    Purchase options: lab, site, T version
    Level: Beginning, intermediate For: 3-6
    Special use: elementary
    Multimedia drill with game elements for spelling practice. Teacher editions include 2 copies of the software plus teacher materials. Mac OS 9 and below, Mac OS X, Windows 98/2000/XP/Vista,

Spelling Depot

    Machine: Mac, Win
    Skill(s): writing
    Publisher: Class One Software
    Approximate single-unit price: $20
    Purchase options: lab, hybrid versions
    Level: Beginning, intermediate For: All
    Spelling program. The student hears the word as recorded by the teacher or other student and then must spell the word. When finished, the student sees his score and can opt to retake the whole test or just the missed words. Word lists can be generated within the program or imported from a word processor document. Each word can, optionally, include the word's definition. Word lists can be of any length. The test creator may also record his/her voice speaking the word. After taking a spelling test within the program, any words missed by the student are added to the student's Personal Word Bank.

Spelling Fusion

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): vocabulary, spelling
    Publisher: Clarity Language Consultants
    Approximate single-unit price: $150
    Purchase options: network
    Level: Beginning, intermediate For: All but K-3
    Words are arranged in topics and displayed in sentences. Sounds, animation, photographs, and drawings help clarify the meaning. Problem-solving exercises, games, and tests are also included, along with pronunciation work on each word.

Spelling Fusion

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): vocabulary
    Publisher: Protea Textware
    Approximate single-unit price: $160
    Level: Beginning, intermediate For: All
    Teaches spelling, pronunciation and sight recognition of over 3500 words, arranged in topics. British, North American, and Australian versions. Includes word games and spelling tests and listening recognition tests for every topic.Worksheets, tests, and reports can be printed out. Record-keeping. Windows Me, 2000, 2003, XP, Vista, 7.

Stanley's Sticker Stories

    Machine: Win/Mac
    Skill(s): writing
    Publisher: Edmark Corporation/Riverdeep
    Level: Beginning For: K-3
    Special use: elementary
    Create animated storybooks. Mac OS 9 (not OS X); Windows 95/98/2000/ME/XP Pro; Vista/7 in Compatibility Mode.

Stickybear's Early Learning Activities

    Machine: Mac/Win
    Skill(s): comprehensive
    Publisher: Optimum Resource
    Approximate single-unit price: $60
    Level: Literacy, beginning For: Pre-K-6
    Special use: elementary, literacy
    Introduces young children to the English alphabet, counting, shapes, opposites and colors. Instructions for the six different activity options for each lesson objective can be in either English or Spanish. The lessons can be done either following computer prompts or in a more independent exploration mode. There are several other early learning titles available in the Stickybear series. Windows XP/Vista and Mac Classic/OS X on a hybrid CD.

Stickybear's Reading Room

    Machine: Mac
    Skill(s): reading
    Publisher: Optimum Resource
    See also
    online/mail order
    Approximate single-unit price: $60
    Purchase options: network, site
    Level: Beginning, intermediate For: K-6
    Special use: Bilingual, elementary
    Teaches pre-reading and basic reading skills in both English and Spanish. Exercises include match the word, find the word, and build a sentence. Activities use colorful animation and digitized speech.

Storyboard

    Machine: Mac, Win
    Skill(s): reading, authoring
    Publisher: Wida Software
    See also
    Eurocentres
    Athelstan
    RDA
    Approximate single-unit price: $110
    Purchase options: 75 for 1-5 users
    Level: Intermediate, advanced, teacher For: All
    Whole-text deletion program. Also included in Wida's Authoring Suite. Windows 95, 98, NT; not verified for XP, Vista, or Windows 7.

Storybook Weaver

    Machine: Mac, Win
    Skill(s): writing
    Publisher: Learning Company, The
    See also
    Smart Kids Software
    Learning Services
    Amazon.com
    Approximate single-unit price: $15
    Level: Literacy, beginning, intermediate For: K-6
    Special use: literacy, bilingual, elementary
    A creative tool for kids to write and illustrate their own storybook. Students can choose from hundreds of images and scenery combinations, plus a variety of borders and type styles. They can also add sounds and music to their stories. Story Book Weaver Deluxe on CD offers more graphics and animation, spoken word narration, and both English and Spanish writing capabilities. The disk version is slightly less expensive. MECC titles are now sold by Learning Company School.

Study Prof Flashcards

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): vocabulary
    Publisher: Felling Software Development
    Approximate single-unit price: $25
    Purchase options: contact publisher
    Level: Beginning, intermediate, advanced, teacher For: All, T
    Vocabulary practice program that offers study and test modes, including grammar exercises and completion tests. Students can set up a learning agenda, with target dates for learning specific words. The program also allows learners to collect words while they are using other applications, then import them into the program. Vocabulary files are available both with the program and in an online archive. Words can be saved as linked primary or secondary (derivatives) lists. Lists can be imported from Excel and exported as HTML. The program allows multiple uses on the same computer, each with his/her own files and record-keeping system. A demo can be downloaded from http://www.flashcardscenter.com/. Runs best on Windows 7 and Vista, though also runs on XP and earlier.

Study Skills Success

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): reading, test prep
    Publisher: Clarity Language Consultants
    See also
    World of Reading
    NAS
    Approximate single-unit price: $75
    Purchase options: Each area sold separately; lab packs
    Level: Intermediate, advanced For: 9-12, HE
    This English for Academic Purposes program is designed for students facing difficult course assignments in English. The eight units are reading, writing, speaking, listening, research, visuals, grammar, and vocabulary. Presentation activities and practice in an academic context for each area. International English version has a range of accents and IELTS practice. Nother American version includes only North American Accents. Authoring and record-keeping are optional add-ons for extra cost. This replaces Read It Study Skills. Windows 2000/XP/Vista. The online version is Mac compatible as well.

SuccessMaker

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): comprehensive
    Publisher: Pearson Education
    Purchase options: contact publisher
    Level: Beginning, intermediate, advanced For: K-8
    K-8 reading and mathematics curriculum. Individualized learning, record-keeping. Video, audio, games in a comprehensive package. Aligned with US state standards.

Super Solvers Spellbound

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): vocabulary
    Publisher: Learning Company, The
    Approximate single-unit price: $15
    Level: Beginning, intermediate, advanced, teacher For: All
    Includes various activities (including word searches, crosswords, flash card and jumbled words) to practice present lists (arranged by topic) as well as up to 100 lists entered by the teacher. Teachers can also edit all preset lists. After each set of words has been practiced, there is a spelling bee. Words to be spelled are either spoken or flashed on the screen. Windows 95/98; not verified on XP or Vista. Mac OS 7-9. Check the product specifications carefully to be sure they match your compute. Knowledge Adventure titles are now sold only via third party vendors.

SuperMemo

    Machine: Win
    Skill(s): vocabulary, T util
    Publisher: SuperMemo USA
    Approximate single-unit price: $30
    Level: Beginning, intermediate, advanced, teacher For: All but K-3
    This program helps users memorize vocabulary (or other memorizable items, such as spelling lists and irregular verb forms). It spaces repetitions of items in such a way as to maximize learning. ESL version available. Teachers can add their own databases of items for their students to learn. Runs under DOS or Windows.


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