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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Thursday, August 20, 2009

Hurricane Bill from International Space Station

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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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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Thursday, September 25, 2008

Animaniacs - Nations of the World



This is similar to my recent post: Animaniacs - 50 States & Capitals, although this is about nations of the world. Not all countries are covered and it is a bit dated now too. A useful way to introduce young children to the geography of the World. You can purchase the Animaniacs box sets from 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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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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