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Carol-
Thanks for the warning about Weaver!  I almost ordered it today until I
read your message.  I will take time to evaluate what you have to say
and make sure if we order the program they guarantee it.  \
Helen

Janice Johnson wrote:
>
> We have nothing but problems with Weaver since we changed to the windows
> version.  As soon as finances allow, we are ready to scrap it and get
> something better.  The program is good when it works.  The students like
> it, but are really frustrated because it keeps losing their scores.  They
> will be able to do a few lessons, and then it will kick them out and not
> record them.  The only way to fix it is to take the student clear out and
> put them back under a lesson plan.  The Weaver people claim it would work
> better with a dedicated server, but our computer services says that
> wouldn't help.  We had the older version and used it with few problems.
>  Anyone else having similar problems?  Weaver claims we are the only ones.
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From:   Carol Elmer [SMTP:[log in to unmask]]
> Sent:   Wednesday, October 20, 1999 7:53 AM
> To:     [log in to unmask]
> Subject:        Weaver software evaluation
>
> We're using the Weaver Secondary Reading Efficiency System version 2.03
> with a Novell NetWare 4.11 network and Windows 95 workstations.  (The
> current version is 2.05; we just received that).  Reading classes come into
> the computer lab to use it, and students in those classes also come in
> individually to finish assignments.  We are using only the comprehension
> lessons.
>
> The installation process is not difficult.  Most of the files are installed
> on the network; the rest have to be installed on each workstation.  We have
> had some problems with the program losing a student's place in the lesson
> sequence and reports not showing an overall percentage score.  The newer
> version is supposed to fix some problems; we'll find out next semester if
> that's true. Students don't seem to have much trouble navigating the
> program.
>
> The program literature claims you can transfer a student's records from one
> class to another, but it turns out you are supposed to use Microsoft Access
> 97 to do that.  This function is not built into the program.
>
> I supervise the computer lab, so I can only tell you about the technical
> stuff, not the value of the content.  But we've been using different
> versions of the Weaver system for years and haven't found anything better.
>
> Carol Elmer
> Learning Specialist
> Longview Community College
> Lee's Summit, MO
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