Friday, February 26, 2010

Interactive Whiteboards

Know Your USA and Know Your Europe work perfectly with all interactive whiteboards. Using our software with an interactive whiteboard is a great way to teach US and European geography.

Know Your USA and Know Your Europe now come with a selection of high quality maps of each state and country. Each map is layered so the teacher or student can remove the physical features and name labels. We have also included a selection of new drawing tools, so you can draw directly onto the map, and even drag the state capitals and position cities correctly.

Everything is full screen, our software is designed for native interactive whiteboard resolution at 1024x768. The maps, text and images are crisp, want to see your state flag full screen, just click on it, great for teaching.

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Sunday, December 06, 2009

EdWare YouTube Channel

We have been busy over the past few weeks getting videos uploaded to YouTube of Know Your USA in action. This weekend we uploaded High Definition videos to our channel. This is a great way to see our software in action, over the coming weeks we will be uploading more videos, including videos of the all new Know Your Europe.

Visit our YouTube Channel:
http://www.youtube.com/user/EdWareLearning


Other News:
We are currently re-developing our website which will go live in early 2010.

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Friday, November 13, 2009

Know Your USA - YouTube

We are currently recording a series of videos of our software in use on an Interactive Whiteboard. Once these video are posted on YouTube we will update here, our software works great with all interactive whiteboards, version 1.6 now includes advance features designed with this in mind.

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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Know Your USA 1.6

Update of Know Your USA, version 1.6 is now available. This is a free to all current users. There are a few minor and major improvements and features:
  • Printable state fact files, you can now print state information including a high quality map of each state, great for class projects.
  • View state maps from the Capitals study area, so you can see where the capital is in the state.
  • Further web links, you can easily disable web links to Wikipedia, but you can now use Encarta, Lonely Planet links too, offering greater access to online content.
  • Updated content and more information on each feature.
  • State maps are now larger and can be expanded to full screen and include further state information.
  • School Editions also have a new Interactive White Board state map feature, allowing you to flick through layers of detail on each state map, and provides drawing tools too.
  • Each state flag can now be enlarged to full screen.
  • New map of New York City, and updated Washington DC map.
  • Even more photos added, we have close to a hundred photos now included with Know Your USA.
  • Minor bug fixes including support for dual screen displays.
  • Improved Windows Vista and Windows 7 support, works great with Windows 7.
Next month Know Your Europe 2.1 will be available in the United States, follow us on twitter at @edwarelearning for the latest updates and educational news.

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Monday, January 26, 2009

Computer Education for Teachers

Know Your USA is featured in the new book: Computer Education for Teachers: Integrating Technology into Classroom Teaching by V. Sharp; "An example of an addictive drill-and-practice program is Know Your USA". We are delighted that Know Your USA was featured in such a great publication for teachers.

Book Description (from Amazon)
Teachers who want an up-to-date, readable, and concise introduction to computers continue to turn to Computer Education for Teachers. The new edition places more emphasis on multimedia and the Internet, covering topics such as digital photography, iPods in the classroom, the Internet, and distance learning. A robust Web site also accompanies this streamlined book. It contains video tutorials on topics such as creating a digital portfolio and making a Podcast. These tutorials are from 1 to 3 minutes in duration and are step-by-step projects. Teachers who are unfamiliar with the use of the computer in the classroom will find this to be the perfect resource.

About the Author (from Amazon)
Vicki F. Sharp is a professor at California State University with experience teaching in elementary school. She received her Ph.D. in Quantitative Research from St. Louis University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington University. She teaches math/science methods courses and computer courses and supervises student teachers. She has authored or co-authored over twenty-five books including Statistics for the Social Sciences (Little Brown), HyperStudio in an Hour and PowerPoint in an Hour (ISTE), Make it with Office and Make it with Inspiration (Visions Technology in Education). She serves as a computer consultant and trainer for software publishers and school districts in Southern California. She speaks at computer conventions such as Computer User Educators (CUE) and The National Education Computing Conference (NECC).

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Know Your USA - Update

Today we will be uploading a minor update for Know Your USA, this will update the presidential information and provide a worksheet on President Obama.

The update provides:
- Updated About the USA with details of Barack Obama, plus fact file.
- The school edition now includes two new worksheets on President Obama and the US Flag.

Know Your USA 1.5.4 was successfully uploaded to our servers on Jan 26, 2009 at 7:30pm EST.

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Monday, January 12, 2009

The New President of the United States

January 20, 2009 is inauguration day for the new president of the United States, Barack Obama. To celebrate the inauguration we have created a nine page worksheet (1.0 MB) about the United States, perfect for school. If you want to learn more about the United States please consider our awarding winning Know Your USA software.

Page 1: Map of USA with Regions and States marked.
Page 2: Map with each State name and the Capital.
Page 3: Name the States of the USA pop quiz worksheet.
Page 4: Blank Flag of the United States, great for coloring.
Page 5: Join the Dots maps of the USA.
Page 6: Barack Obama factfile with coloring.
Page 7: Washington DC factfile with photos and map.
Page 8: Barack Obama factfile and photo.
Page 9: US Election Results worksheet, color in the winner of each state.

This worksheet is perfect for printing and copying. It is a great introduction to the United States and excellent classroom activity for the inauguration.



We also have a free online quiz for testing your knowledge of each State in the United States. Play it online at our website. Remember that each aspect of the USA is covered in detail in our award winning Know Your USA software. Buy our software at Amazon.com or download today. You can also watch the YouTube Animaniacs cartoon clip we posted a few weeks ago too, quick way to introduce the United States to younger children.

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Monday, November 03, 2008

US Elections 2008

November 4th, 2008 is election day in the United States. To celebrate the election we have created a five page worksheet about the United States, perfect for school. If you want to learn more about the United States please consider our awarding winning Know Your USA software.

Page 1: Map of USA with Regions and States marked.
Page 2: Map with each State name and the Capital.
Page 3: Name the States of the USA pop quiz worksheet.
Page 4: Blank Flag of the United States, great for coloring.
Page 5: US Election Results worksheet, color in the winner of each state.

This worksheet is perfect for printing and photocopying. It is a great introduction to the United States and excellent classroom activity for election week.


We also have a free online quiz for testing your knowledge of each State in the United States. Play it online at our website. Remember that each aspect of the USA is covered in detail in our award winning Know Your USA software.

Watch the YouTube Animaniacs cartoon clip we posted a few weeks ago too, it's a quick way to introduce the United States to younger children. Some good mapping websites for the election include: electoral-vote.com and politicalmaps.org

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Thursday, October 30, 2008

US Presidential Election 2008


The New York Times have developed a great website that allows you to keep track of the results for the 2008 election. Click on the Your Map button and then you can set each state to either Obama or McCain, depending on the winner of each. To set the winner, click on each state and select the color blue or red.

This is a great classroom resource.
http://elections.nytimes.com/2008/president/whos-ahead/key-states/map.html#/

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Friday, September 19, 2008

Amazon Sales Ranking

Know Your USA sales has shot up to number 2 in it's category at Amazon.com:
Software > Education & Reference > Geography.

Purchase Know Your USA today at Amazon.com

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Thursday, September 18, 2008

The Wall Street Journal Podcast

Know Your USA was featured in The E-Report on The Wall Street Journal Tech News Briefing on Wednesday, 17 September podcast (click to listen).

I just want to thank the guys for the mention, I really appreciate it. If you haven't already subscribed to the podcast you can do so through iTunes, it offers a great insight into the world of technology and I highly recommend it for everyone interested in technology.

The E-Report podcast is co-hosted by Tom Dziubek and Paul Herrmann. It's tacked on to the end of the Late Day Tech Briefing on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays (it also runs all weekend). They also have a Facebook page where you can keep up-to-date with the latest edition.



Above is the entire Wall Street Journal Podcast (3.2MB).



Audio snippet from the podcast that features Know Your USA (0.4MB).

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Thursday, September 04, 2008

Animaniacs - 50 States & Capitals



This is a blast from the past, originally broadcast 15 years ago in 1993. A useful way to introduce young children to the geography of the United States. You can purchase the Animaniacs box sets from Amazon.com

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Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Know Your USA 1.5 Receives CTR Editor's Choice Seal

Know Your USA 1.5 was reviewed in the September 2008 issue of Children's Technology Review and received the Editor's Choice Seal.

Version 1.5 [Know Your USA], released Summer of 2008, includes more content (60 photos, better maps of each state with more details, better puzzles, and a direct link to both Google Earth and the Wikipedia entry on the United States). With these new tweaks, the program provides a straightforward and effective way to practice geography facts by way of a series of lessons and timed quizzes.

About CTR:
Children's Technology Review (CTR) is an ad-free, subscriber-supported web and print-based publication. It is designed to keep educators, parents and librarians informed on commercial interactive media products designed for children, aged birth- to 15-years. These are the products that children use for both fun and learning, either at home and/or at school. They include software, video games, interactive toys, web sites that a child might visit, and so on. From a theoretical perspective, CTR exists in the space between child development and interactive media. The Children's Software Finder(TM), our database of more than 8,000 reviews, has become a critical step in our core subscribers' purchasing-making decisions. It is published on the first business day of each month.

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Thursday, August 14, 2008

Children's Technology Review

The new edition Know Your USA, version 1.5 was mentioned in the August 2008 issue of the Children's Technology Review. Visit their website to find the latest educational software with great independent reviews.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Interactive Whiteboard

A great way to use Know Your USA in the classroom is to use it with an interactive whiteboard and our worksheets. This enables the teacher to demonstrate aspects of the software with students and the students can then take turns to interactive with our software, testing their knowledge of the United States.

For example, if the teacher is learning all about the location of each state, they can print our state worksheets, pass around to each student in the classroom and use both for enforced learning. The worksheets are also great for homework assignments.

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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Know Your USA - School Library Journal

Know Your USA was reviewed in the June 2008 issue of the School Library Journal magazine. The School Library Journal has a circulation of 38,000 subscribers and over 100,000 readers. The review was based on version 1.0, so many of the new great features of version 1.5 were not covered, learn more. The entire review is below, you can read it on page 81 of the magazine too.

Know Your USA: Discover the Geography of the United States. CD-ROM. Systems: Win 98 & later. Prod. by Edware.

Gr 3 Up -Here's a fun way to test your general knowledge of the 50 states including location, capitals, major cities, rivers, mountains, lakes, and National Parks. The "Study" section provides basic information about each state such as the area, population, nickname, and other statistics. Political and physical maps are included. The major flaw is the direct link to Wikipedia when more information is desired since there is no guarantee that all the material provided on that site is reliable. In the "Teach" section, users take a quiz and if they give an incorrect response, they are first given a hint and if their response is incorrect again they are given the correct answer. In the quiz section, the player is given the state name and must click the correct state on the map. Hints are given until the state is identified correctly. This game may be accessed for free at knowyourusa.net/quiz. The "Examine" section presents a test on all the topics covered. User progress is tracked and stored in a database to monitor future progress. An additional purchase. -Lisa Hardey, Sprague High School, Salem, OR
Interested in reselling or distributing Know Your USA in North America, get in touch.

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Know Your USA 1.5

Users have requested a definitive list of improvements and new features in Know Your USA 1.5, below I have outlined all major features added to the new version of Know Your USA which has been available since early February 2008.
  • Audio by Sarah Lane, she is a broadcaster and director from California and presents popSiren on Revision3.
  • Improved interface across the software making it easier then ever to use and navigate.
  • Over sixty high quality photos from across the United States.
  • Excellent maps of each state are now included, these detail state capitals, major cities, physical features and more.
  • More topics included, we have added to the already jam packed features and now include oceanography, national parks, plus many of the current features have been updated.
  • Improved puzzle of each State, now two styles are available and a timer to keep track of your speed.
  • High quality Washington DC map.
  • Incorrect answers are now highlighted better in the Quiz section.
  • Teach section has been replaced by the Quiz section, which is much quicker to use and now includes a timer to track your score.
  • All new user guide details everything you need to know about Know Your USA.
  • About the USA area have been updated and now includes high quality image of the flag of the United States.
  • You can now disable links to Wikipedia
  • A new control panel for the School Edition, including excellent printable worksheets.
  • Many more tweak, fixes and features added overall a great update that we are extremely pleased about.

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Know Your USA - School Library Journal

Know Your USA was reviewed in the June 2008 issue of the School Library Journal magazine. The School Library Journal has a circulation of 38,000 subscribers and over 100,000 readers. The review was based on version 1.0, so many of the new great features of version 1.5 were not covered, learn more. The entire review is below, you can read it on page 81 of the magazine too.

Know Your USA: Discover the Geography of the United States. CD-ROM. Systems: Win 98 & later. Prod. by Edware. Dist. by AV Cafe. 2006, 2007 release.

Gr 3 Up -Here's a fun way to test your general knowledge of the 50 states including location, capitals, major cities, rivers, mountains, lakes, and National Parks. The "Study" section provides basic information about each state such as the area, population, nickname, and other statistics. Political and physical maps are included. The major flaw is the direct link to Wikipedia when more information is desired since there is no guarantee that all the material provided on that site is reliable. In the "Teach" section, users take a quiz and if they give an incorrect response, they are first given a hint and if their response is incorrect again they are given the correct answer. In the quiz section, the player is given the state name and must click the correct state on the map. Hints are given until the state is identified correctly. This game may be accessed for free at knowyourusa.net/quiz. The "Examine" section presents a test on all the topics covered. User progress is tracked and stored in a database to monitor future progress. An additional purchase. -Lisa Hardey, Sprague High School, Salem, OR
There are now three options for purchasing Know Your USA, online at our store, on Amazon.com and at AV Cafe. Interested in reselling or distributing Know Your USA, get in touch.

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Sunday, June 08, 2008

Know Your USA available on Amazon.com

We are pleased to announce that Know Your USAis now available on Amazon.com for the amazingly low price of $24.95.

We are also working on making Know Your USA available in stores throughout the United States and are currently seeking distributors for K-12 schools for the advance School Edition.

The download edition of Know Your USA is now available at $24.95, get it in an instant with the download edition.

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Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Know Your USA 1.5.1 Available

The new update of Know Your USA is now available to download. Visit the download area of our website to download, the updated User Guide is also available. Enjoy using Know Your USA and all feedback is welcome.

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Monday, May 05, 2008

Know Your USA 1.5.1

We have been very busy putting the finishing touches to the latest update of Know Your USA, version 1.5.1. The update includes some new features, improvements and bug fixes. The biggest improvement is the inclusion of high quality maps of each state which we have been working on over the past few months, we have also added over fifty photos of different areas of the United States. The update will be available to download from Tuesday, May 05 for all current users.

Washington - Fantastic New Images

Know Your USA 1.5.1 update includes:
- All new State map graphics, they now look great!
- Added Washington DC map.
- Minor bug fixes throughout the software.
- Added additional photos, now over 50 included.
- Quiz Section: Incorrect answers are highlighted better.
- Puzzle map of the USA improved slightly.
- Updated User Guide, will be available to download from the website.


Over 50 Photos of US Landmarks

All 50 State Maps

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Monday, March 03, 2008

New Price Plans

We have updated our price plans as promised and they come into affect immediately from today, March 03 2008. The price plans for Know Your USA are as follows:
  • $39.95 - Home Edition (MSRP Retail)
  • $24.95 - Home Edition (Download Only)
  • $129.95 - Single PC School License
  • $299.95 - Multi PC School License

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Monday, February 11, 2008

Microsoft SteadyState

I am currently investigating ways to ensure that Know Your USA is able to work better with Microsoft SteadyState and ensure it takes advantage of this great technology from Microsoft which is great for maintaining computers in a school environment.

If you have any questions or suggestions please drop us an email at info@knowyourusa.net

Update:
The latest release of Know Your USA, version 1.5.2 now works much better with SteadyState. Install Know Your USA as the administrator to obtain best results. Currently the users records are stored in a database in the following directory: C:\Program Files\EdWare\Know Your USA 1.5\

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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Know Your USA 1.5 Available

Today we are pleased to announce the new edition of Know Your USA, Know Your USA 1.5

We have updated many parts of the software including a new interface which makes it now even easier to use and navigate. The biggest improvement overall is the new crystal clear audio, which was recorded by Sarah Lane.

We have also updated some of the original topics and added oceanography and national parks to the learning experience. Our award winning three step learning process is included and enhanced, including the easier to use quiz section and we have also added a timer to both the Quiz and Examine section. The puzzle has also been improved and there are now two styles available flip and spread.

The worksheets have also been enhanced and now print full page on US Letter size paper (8.5" x 11") and include the new topics; national parks and oceanography. Together with the improved admin Control Panel, the new edition of Know Your USA is perfect for school use.

Overall we spent a considerable amount of time ensuring that the new version of Know Your USA is extremely easy to use and produced to an exceptionally high quality.

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Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Know Your USA Update

I am currently hard at work on an update to Know Your USA, many new features and improvements are under way. Remember all current users will get a free upgrade to the latest edition.

The release date for version 1.5 is at FETC 2008, which we are attending. Stay tuned for the latest updates.

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Monday, December 04, 2006

Know Your USA

Update version of Know Your USA now available for download, Know Your USA 1.2.1, all current users can download the new version for free.

Know Your USA is my award winning educational geography software which is great for learning all about the United States. All geographic features of the USA are covered in detail: regions, states, state capitals, major cities, rivers, mountains and lakes. Know Your USA is the perfect software to learn all about the USA and is ideal for home, home school and school use.
Download and try our seven day trial today. Holiday Sale Now On, 15% discount off the download edition of Know Your USA, buy now.

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