First Year Algebra (math)DASHER (foreign language)
Algebra Drill & Practice (math)Theological German (foreign language)
Discovery Learning in  Trigonometry (math) ELFE: Elementary French Exercises (foreign language)
Baffles II (problem solving)Genetics Simulations (biology)
Tribbles Revisited (problem solving)

First Year Algebra is comprehensive

It covers topics which are commonly found in most beginning algebra textbooks and courses. Each chapter includes 8-12 lessons each of which introduces students to a fundamental concept or topic. Each student’s path through a lesson is determined by the his or her response to questions within the lesson. At the end of each lesson First Year Algebra administers a quiz and assigns homework based on the student’s quiz score. First Year Algebra’s recordkeeping option makes it easy to track each student’s progress, lesson by lesson and chapter by chapter.

The manual for each lesson contains the following:

  • Teacher’s introduction
  • Student’s introduction, including lesson objective and five supporting examples
  • Homework Sets A, B, C, contain respectively, 20 challenging, moderately difficult, and less difficult exercises and corresponding answers

Adaptable to many situations

  • Can be adapted to many teaching and learning styles
  • Can be used in the computer lab or in a technologically enhanced classroom
  • Ideal for independent study and home use
  • Includes a recordkeeping option for the teacher to follow students’ progress by recording students’ scores for quizzes, chapter tests, and final exams

Gives teachers more options

  • First Year Algebra helps teachers respond more effectively to students’ needs. Teachers who use First Year Algebra as a substitute for the traditional lecture have more time to spend individually with students. If a student misses a class, the tutorial lesson is easily assigned on the computer.
  • First Year Algebra makes teacher’s life easier. The tutorial provides a comprehensive and mathematically sound beginning algebra curriculum. Additional resources supplement and enrich the tutorial: lesson objectives, lesson summaries, randomly generated lesson quizzes, chapter tests, final exams, and complete homework solutions.
  • The recordkeeping capabilities of the software make it possible to track each student’s progress, lesson by lesson and chapter by chapter.
  • The graphics and animation capabilities of the computer tutorial illustrate many concepts more effectively than can be done on a traditional chalkboard. With the aid of a large monitor, the teacher can display specific examples or frames to large groups, utilizing the computer’s graphic capabilities.

Algebra Drill & Practice (math)

Students need to practice applying algebra to a variety of problems in order to become skilled in the fundamentals. Algebra Drill & Practice provides this practice, so that students can gain proficiency at their own pace and with an immediate indication of their progress.

An endless number of problems and examples is available for all topics. Problems of a given type can be tried at various levels of complexity. Step-by-step solutions are available as examples and as follow-up to incorrect answers. An answer-judging facility accepts algebraic expressions in a variety of natural forms.

Algebra Drill & Practice I

Richard C. Detmer, Northwest Missouri State University

Clinton W. Smullen III, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

For beginning algebra students, nine separate drills offer practice in:

  • algebraic signs
  • operations with numeric and algebraic fractions
  • percents
  • equations of lines
  • simplification of algebraic expressions
  • word problems: distance, rectangles and solutions

Algebra Drill & Practice II

Richard C. Detmer, Northwest Missouri State University

Clinton W. Smullen III, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Nine separate drills offer practice in:

  • simplifying expressions with integral exponents
  • solving inequalities
  • equations and inequalities involving absolute values
  • factoring linear and quadratic expressions
  • solving linear equations and systems of linear equations in two or three variables
  • finding roots of quadratic equations, x-intercepts and the vertex of parabolic graphs

Algebra Drill & Practice III

Richard C. Detmer, Northwest Missouri State University

David M. Wells, Pennsylvania State University, New Kensington

Nine separate drills offer practice in:

  • functional notation
  • radicals
  • rationalizing fractions
  • fractional equations

Hardware Requirements (same for each volume)

PC compatibles: It requires 256K of memory and DOS 2.10 or later. The software is available on 5.25 in. or 3.5 in. disks and CGA or VGA graphics adapter is required. A procedure for installing on a hard disk is included.

Apple II: It requires 64K of memory. The software is available on 5.25 in. or 3.5 in. disks.

Discovery Learning in Trigonometry

Description

Discovery Learning in Trigonometry uses the inductive approach to learning trigonometry. Basic concepts covered by the software are trigonometric functions, amplitude, periodicity, phase shift, and polar trigonometric functions.  

The exercises in the User’s Guide include six units:

  • Orientation and Free Discovery
  • Exploration and Observation
  • Holistic Graphing
  • Problem Solving Graphics
  • Identity Graphing
  • Introduction to Polar Coordinates

Hardware Requirements

PC compatibles: Requires 256K of memory and DOS 2.10 or later. The software is available on 5.25” or 3.5” disks and CGA or VGA graphics is required. A procedure for installing on a hard disk is included.

Baffles II

Description

This is a simple interactive game which helps unskilled investigators develop deductive reasoning and other problem-solving skills. The game involves finding the location of hidden laser beam deflectors inside a closed box based only upon the locations of the beam entering and leaving the box. The student must analyze the evidence, formulate, hypothesize about the possible locations of the baffles, and test it.  

The problem-solver can place test baffles in the box at the locations deduced. If a test baffle doesn t match one of the original baffles in the box then a point is subtracted from the score. In order to succeed the problem-solver must use a scientific method involving testing and forming hypotheses. The User s Notes included with the package outlines a scientifically designed procedure for finding the location of the baffles.

Hardware Requirements

PC compatibles: Requires 256K of memory and DOS 2.10 or later. The software is available on 5.25 in. or 3.5 in. disks and CGA or VGA graphics is required. A procedure for installing on a hard disk is included.

Tribbles Revisited

Description

This program is based on the well-known Game of Life by John Conroy.

The novice problem-solver is shown the change in the pattern of birth and death of a simple life-form called tribbles on the surface of the hypothetical planet Conroy. The appearance and disappearance of the tribbles from one day to the next provides the information necessary to deduce the rules of birth and death.  

The tutorial guides problem-solvers by first separating the discovery of the rules for birth and then death. Then the problem-solver is lead through the steps of observation, hypothesis development, and a complete explanation.

Hardware Requirements

PC compatibles: Requires 256K of memory and DOS 2.10 or later. The software is available on 5.25” or 3.5” disks and CGA or VGA graphics is required. A procedure for installing on a hard disk is included.

Dasher

The Dasher Authoring System is the easy way to create exercises for your foreign language students. You simply provide the instructions, questions, and answers, and Dasher does the rest, guiding your students letter by letter to the correct answer. Dasher responds to students’ errors by marking incorrect or missing characters with dashes and arrows. Students simply type new letters to replace the visual cues.

Dasher’s Transcript window keeps a running log of each session, which students can refer back to, or print and show you. Dasher’s Manager utility lets you view and print students’ scores. You can export these score reports to a word processor or spread sheet.

Engage your students’ senses with multimedia cues. Add the spoken word for dictation and comprehension exercises–and for praise and regret messages in the target language. Electronically paste a picture into Dasher, then create exercises based on the image. Cue your exercises to videodisc clips that students can play and replay.

With Dasher, you can create more than a dozen different exercise types–from substitutions to sentence combining, transformations to translation–in seven different languages: English, French, German, Italian, Latin, Portuguese, and Spanish.

Theological German Exercises

Theological German Exercises is a set of computer exercises for learning theological German using the Dasher Authoring System. It was developed by Helmut Ziefle, based on his text Modern Theological German (from Baker Books). The software contains 29 vocabulary, translation and comprehension (or content) exercises which come directly from the text. It presents questions and evaluates the user’s response by replacing wrong or missing letters in the user’s answer with dashes. The user then refines the answer by replacing only the dashes.

A Management utility lets the user keep track of his or her progress and view and print scores.

Hardware Requirements

Macintosh: One megabyte RAM, System 6.0.7 or later.

IBM: IBM-compatible, 386 or higher, running Microsoft WindowsTM 3.1 or WindowsTM 95/98, 1MB RAM, 1MB of hard disk space.

ELFE: Elementary French Exercises

for Macintosh and Windows computers

Developed using the Dasher Authoring System.

Geoffrey R. Hope and James P. Pusack, The University of Iowa

Distributed by KenCD Software

French students can supplement their study or French with any or all of ELFE’s more than 700 exercises in three major groups: Verb Forms, Function Words, and Sentence Patterns with four to forty items

ELFE: Elementary French Exercises

for Macintosh and Windows computers

Developed using the Dasher Authoring System.

Geoffrey R. Hope and James P. Pusack, The University of Iowa

Distributed by KenCD Software

French students can supplement their study or French with any or all of ELFE’s more than 700 exercises in three major groups: Verb Forms, Function Words, and Sentence Patterns with four to forty items

Focus on Genetics

Four programs which can be purchased together or separately.

Topics included:

  • Basic Mendelian Concepts
  • Transmission Genetics
  • Karyotypes and Genetis Disorders
  • Genetics and Natural Selection
  • Experiment Simulations
  • Database Activities
  • Lab Exercises
  • Colorful Visuals

Introductory Genetics

for Windows, DOS and Macintosh

A complete genetics unit in 7 parts. Mendels Law: homozygous and heterozygous offspring; segregation, dominance and independent assortment. Monohybrid and dihybrid crosses with interactive Punnett square and probability activities. Incomplete dominance. Sex Chromosomes; sex determination and linkage; carriers.

Random mating simulation develops genotype and phenotype ratios. Inbreeding experimentation shows the probability of a harmful gene being expressed. Extensive photos and animation. Lab activities are included.