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North Star Voyage
The North Star Voyage provides both online and offline materials to support Language Arts practice and help spur imagination, creativity, and expression among students. The online story includes audio narration that includes easy-to-read text for younger readers, and interactive pop-up questions to initiate conversations throughout the story. A handbook of five online and offline activities encourage students to share, discover, reflect, explore, and connect. Each activity requires at least one class period, but may be expanded to a week or a semester using extension activities and North Star student projects.

Writing About Family
Club Write Kids: Writing About Family is one of a series that focuses on pre-writing and revising, two difficult things for young writers to learn. The program highlights writing for pleasure, and shows that good writing habits become intuitive with practice. Cassie and her friends experiment with writing, using the writing process to help organize their family writing project. Real world applications for writing are highlighted as the members of Club Write meet with a variety of people who rely on writing everyday. This episode emphasizes the revision part of the writing process and illustrates the importance of matching tenses.

Writing a Fictional Story
Club Write Kids: Writing a Fictional Story focuses on pre-writing and revising, two difficult things for young writers to learn. The program highlights writing for pleasure, and shows that good writing habits become intuitive with practice. Cassie and her friends experiment with writing, using the writing process to help organize their story project. Real world applications for writing are highlighted as the members of Club Write meet with a variety of people who rely on writing everyday.

Writing to Persuade
Club Write Kids: Writing to Persuade focuses on pre-writing and revising, two difficult things for young writers to learn. The program highlights writing for pleasure, and shows that good writing habits become intuitive with practice. Cassie and her friends experiment with writing, using the writing process to help organize their letter writing project. Real world applications for writing are highlighted as the members of Club Write meet with a variety of people who rely on writing everyday.

Internet and Electronic Research Skills
Internet and Electronic Research Skills video assists students as they explore the Internet. Students in the video search for information for school reports, use indexes on CD-ROM encyclopedias, examine the World Wide Web, use DVDs, and become familiar with general research strategies. Humorous characters help students become Internet sleuths in order to obtain accurate information. This program is also available in a CD-ROM version.

BrainPOP
BrainPOP English provides explanations and demonstrations of language arts concepts through 2-4 minute animated movies. The movies use real-world examples to simplify abstract concepts and make them applicable to everyday life. The program can be used to introduce topics and give an overview, to review topics, as a break from text-based learning, and as an integrated part of text-based learning. Each movie begins with an interactive quiz that can be repeated for reinforcement.

Eight Parts of Speech
Eight Parts of Speech introduces students to the noun, pronoun, verb, adjective, adverb, preposition, conjunction, and interjection. It explains that learning the eight parts of speech helps people to know the function of words and how they are joined together to make coherent sentences. The video shows that depending on its use the same word can represent a different part of speech.

Kidspiration
Kidspiration is designed to help K-5 students use the principles of visual learning to see, organize and develop their ideas. Students use Picture and Writing Views to brainstorm ideas with pictures and words, organize and categorize information visually, create stories and descriptions, and explore new ideas with thought webs and visual mapping. Picture View is used to create webs and other graphical organizers. Writing View helps student practice writing and outlining skills.

ImageBlender
ImageBlender helps students find images to use in multimedia projects and web pages. Users can crop an image, add a beveled edge or drop shadow, or paint a quick border. The program uses an assortment of intuitive graphic effects and paint tools. It has a storybook-maker option and HTML slide show feature.

Clicker 4
Clicker 4 is a writing and presentation tool for children to use as they learn to read and write. The program was designed by teachers to stimulate reluctant readers and writers. It combines a talking word processor with multimedia presentation functions, supports special needs students, and provides technology assistance. Students can write with whole words or pictures. The program comes with 1,000 education related graphics, sounds, and ready-made templates. The templates can be used by the teacher to create custom lessons, or by the student for reading and writing assignments, or multimedia presentations.

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