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Re: best academic support software programs

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Susan Jones <[log in to unmask]>

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We purchased Lexia Learning for reading and Modumath for Math, 2 licenses for WordQ and SpeakQ and 3 for Read and Write Gold.  We're also currently using Reading Plus. Inspiration is another popular application.

ModuMath has been far and away the most popular.  It was a straight-out purchase, so we don't have subscriptions to worry about; our skilled computer techies had to use their skills to get it working (I suspect because it's just a whole lot of data that's interconnected).  We have mandatory assessment and placement,  so on any given day there will be 3-4 folks in the lab using it to review pre-algebra and algebra skills hoping to save a semester or three of developmental-level courses. 
   We tried to use it for our lowest-level developmental math course (arithmetic skills) but the teachers didn't like it; I don't know the specifics as to why.
    I have also had students use it for practice and support of developmental classes.  The lessons on negative and positive integers and the graphing and linear equations lessons get rave reviews consistently. 
    What made me choose this over the other choices out there was that it includes instruction, with many more links to the concrete than any other program I've seen.  I like ALEKS, too, but it is of the "here's a problem - try it, and if you don't get it, click to show how to do it."  It doesn't have audio, and it's a sea of math symbols which can be very intimidating to some of our students.  
http://www.modumath.org/ 

  Reading Plus is also instructional, on the reading end.  We've used it with students who are not testing into our developmental-level reading with some success.  I think it's great for helping students improve their fluency and learn to get their eyes tracking smoothly, and it improves focus and endurance for reading.  It doesn't teach accuracy or decoding, though. Comprehension questions are included throughout, but as with math programs, it's only assessed, not taught.  If a student misses too many comprehension questions, then they're directed to get a teacher, who must override the "suspension" of the program.   The program includes lots of printable comprehension practice in specific skills (such as finding the main idea).  I think this is a good program if matched with the right students and if a teacher is available to work with the students.  In our trial last semester, we had several students improve enough to qualify for our developmental reading courses - and, more importantly, are better readers and can tackle the demands that daily life tosses at them better. 

   Lexia's "Strategies for Older STudents" focuses on decoding, with some vocabulary and comprehension at the advanced levels.  Again, if it's matched with the right student, it can be very helpful; in my opinion, we are too eager to blithely say "oh, s/he can *read* the words..." when, in fact, the student is stumbling over just enough words - and substituting known words for anything outside the comfort zone, mangling comprehension.  http://www.lexialearning.com/   This was also a "buy it and it's yours" deal :) 

   Read and WRite Gold is our most recent purchase.  This isn't instructional, but from all indications it provides an invaluable bridge to students who struggle with specific reading and writing tasks.  Most importantly, it's got the shallowest learning curve of anything we've tried. It's also required our tech folks to be on the ball, but their tech folks have been *very* quick and supportive (with the two issues that have come up, I got answers to my email within an hour and solutions not long afterward).  THe most popular feature is simple text-to-speech for proofreading, but it will also read anything digital, and if it's not digital text, it can take a snapshot of it and perform OCR and read it, too, highlighting along the way (with a background that can be set to a preferred color).  This has been really helpful for some of our learning disabled students who get very frustrated with programs with *some* audio... but only almost enough. It can scan text and turn it into a Word document, so when students have an article they are supposed to "actively read," they really can do that entirely on the computer ... with their writing read back to them.  They can also highlight a word in that stuff they're reading and with a single click bring up a chosen web resource about it, such as a Google search or a translation.  (I'd be glad to share the sample assignment that used some of the features.)  Students can highlight different things in different colors, and it will gather them all and organize them by color on a different document. Oh, and there's a "speech maker" feature so that text can be turned into speech and then turned into an MP3 file, so students can record notes and listen to them (a.k.a. "study" :) ) on the bus...
That's the version 8 ... version 9 has upgrades.   Their site license price is very reasonable. http://www.texthelp.com/page.asp will go into other features I don't have time to dive into.

  We also have WordQ and SpeakQ, which are sophisticated text-to-speech and speech-to-text programs.  For students with limited reading skills, the easy training program for the speech recognition is a godsend.  It will also read everything on the screen, tho' it does have to be text (won't do the OCR that Read and Write Gold does).  Its word prediction is excellent - it anticipates the word you'll type next based on what's the most common word, and as you type a letter or two, it will hone the prediction down.  Its advanced vocabulary is better than the one in RWG (so, for instance, at "superf   " it offers superfluous and superficial, while RWG has no choices); both programs will also read those words and definitions so that you *know* what big word you're putting in your paper (reducing those "defiantly" for "definitely" errors).  

   We also have Dragon Naturally Speaking, but generally students using that have taken our course in it and I haven't worked with them much, and there aren't many takers.  Until recently, frankly, I've felt student effort was better put into learning keyboarding skills; now I'm ready to explore an "academic applications" approach to training students to use it.  I've found one other college that does something like this but haven't gotten emails answered inquiring... but I am going to print out their manual.  I am *hoping* that our students with urban dialects will not find it utterly frustrating (and may improve their language skills). 
     
  Inspiration is pretty cheap and there are gobs of resources put out on the INternet by teachers who've used it for all kinds of mind-mapping things.  There are also free versions online.  I'm about the least visual learner on the planet, so I tend to let the folks who actually enjoy working with it do so... but it is *very* helpful for students who don't know how to organize their thoughts.  I'm going to try to incorporate this into my 'academic applications" venture (with help from those visual learner co-workers). 

I'm sure I"m missing something still... but hope that helps! 


Susan Jones
Academic Development Specialist
Center for Academic Success 
Parkland College
Champaign, IL  61821
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>>> Amelia Shapiro <[log in to unmask]> 3/18/2009 2:37 PM >>>
Hi, all!

I'm interested in purchasing some software for our brand new academic 
success center and am hoping to benefit from your collective wisdom.  I am 
most interested in general academic skills, academic reading, & math (but if 
you know of something wonderful for bio/chem, please mention it).

If you would, please send me the names of your favorite programs, especially 
programs that are designed for adults (not childish), programs the student can 
use independently or semi-independently, and programs that are a one-time 
purchase (with no or nominal anual fee).

Thanks so much!
Amelia Shapiro
Director of Academic Support
University of Hawaii at Hilo
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