Article on ICT in Schools

Today siliconrepublic.com, has an excellent article on ICT in schools and the lack of progress and funding that has been made over the past decade, “Educating the educators”.

The article highlights the low level of funding available to schools and explains further the tiny €252 million budget allocated to ICT over the next five years, which will be split up between each primary and secondary school.

The government strategy group has yet to report back on how the money should be spent, which was due in May. The article is an interesting read and highlights some very important points.

Ireland Puzzle Game

Today we have updated our free online puzzle game of Ireland called Counties of Ireland: Jigsaw Puzzle, which can be played online. The update is much quicker to download and play online and also includes a timer so users can try and better their own score.

You can also play our free online Counties of Ireland: Mini Quiz a great way to test your knowledge of Irish counties. Each county is asked and you must select the correct answer, keep track of your score and watch the clock.

Know Your Ireland is our extremely popular software title which incorporates both of these games and much more, try the 15 day free trial today.

New Projects

We are currently working on a number of new projects and additions to current titles for the new academic year 2007/08. We hope to introduce these in September / October 2007 so please check back then. We will of course look after our current customers and offer discounts for any product updates to current users.

Over the summer months please feel free to contact us via e-mail relating to any questions or suggestion for current or future titles.

Google for Educators & EdWare Update

Today Google have launched their Google for Educators website. This is a great new resource for teachers and schools and gives easy access to Google’s software and on-line content and some great lesson plans too. Their lesson plans are well laid out and easy to follow, great for all age groups. I especially like their new Book Search tool and its great for searching books which are no longer under copyright like all of Shakespeare’s volumes.

Here at EdWare we have been busy putting the finishing touches to Know Your World, which is now available. Know Your World is our latest title in our very popular and successful geography series for education. We have added some fantastic new features including Google Earth places (KML) for a 3D view of each feature and direct links to Answers.com for further information on each feature. Go to our website www.edware.ie for further information and pricing.

PARADE Magazine

Know Your USA is featured in the highly popular Parade Magazine across the United States in their back-to-school technology special edition.

A new school year brings both challenges and opportunities to make learning fun. As you stock up on back-to-school basics, consider some ways that technology can help your favorite students succeed.

Master the Map
Anyone who has survived the fifth grade knows you can’t graduate until you can name the capital of North Carolina. A new software application called Know Your USA ($25) helps kids learn geography through games, tutorials, timed quizzes and even a virtual jigsaw puzzle. The program also drills students on regions, states, major cities, rivers, mountains and lakes. For ages 8-14.

EdWare in Parade Magazine Aug 2006 - Know Your USA
Parade Magazine – August 2006.

Parade is an American nationwide Sunday newspaper magazine, distributed in more than 640 newspapers in the United States. It was founded in 1941 and is owned by Advance Publications. The most widely read magazine in the U.S., Parade has a circulation of 32.5 million and a readership of nearly 60 million.

Know Your World

We’re currently hard at work developing Know Your World which will be the official name although it maybe called Know Your Earth in the USA.

Know Your World will be available in September 2006 and will included an improved interface which will make navigating the software even easier. Each major world geographic feature will be covered in great detail including continents, major cities, oceans, deserts, rivers, mountains, lakes, volcanoes and much more.

I’ll keep you posted on developments and if you have any suggestions please drop us an email we would be delighted to hear from you.

Luke

CTR: Editor’s Choice Award

Know Your USA was awarded the highly respected Editor’s Choice for the month of July by the Children’s Technology Review magazine. We our honored to receive such an award from one of the most respected educational review magazines in the world.

Review from the July issue:
It provides a straightforward and effective way to practice geography facts by way of a series of lessons and timed quizzes. For example, in the State Capitals section, students can explore the answers by simply rolling the mouse around the screen which, it turn, pops-up the name of each state’s capitol city. In the Quickfire quiz, a capital is named, and students must select the right answer. Unfortunately, the interaction is clunky–students must click “OK” to continue to the next question, which gets repetitive.

The next step is Exam, where they must type the name of the capital. Individual student progress is stored on your hard drive, providing students sign in. There is no use limit as to the number of students, making this a viable consideration for elementary or middle school classroom use.

Other topics include regions, states, state capitals, major cities, rivers, mountains and lakes. There is also a states jigsaw puzzle. If you are looking for clean, affordable geography practice, this is a good choice. Note that the developer’s previous titles include Know Your Ireland and Know Your Europe. A “Know Your Earth” is planned. You can download a seven-day trial version, and purchase a download key if you like the program.

Know Your USA was awarded 4.4 stars out of 5 stars.

Know Your USA – Editor’s Choice Award July 2006

Inexpensive School Website

This blog was published in 2006 and the service Hosting365 is no longer available.

Setting up a school website is now inexpensive and quick to setup, and it’s now even cheaper since Hosting365 offer a free blog host option. A blog is the easiest method of setting up a website that all members of staff can update easily and post photos and events. Updating the site is as easy as writing an email.

So what’s the procedure, first go to Hosting365 and sign up for a free blog hosting, once that is done you’ll receive a username and password in your email from Hosting365.

You must now decide if you want a domain name and what you want this to be. A domain name is the name of your website, so if you school is St. Marys BNS you might want stmarysbns.com, or something similar or a .ie address. If you want a domain which will also come with a email address you need to got to purchase one. .com, .net are about €11 and .ie is more expensive and cost €70.

Once your domain is purchased log into your Hosting365 control panel and add the domain to your package. Support staff of Hosting365 will help you with this if you are experiencing difficulties, you must also install the Blog script and set that up. Hosting365 have guideline for this and will be happy to help.

Once all that is done you will have a WordPress blogging website, which can be easily updated.

Know Your USA, available today.

Today EdWare is pleased to announce Know Your USA which is available immediately on CD-Rom and as a web download. Both single user and site licenses are available to purchase via or online store. Try our free 14 day trial today.

Know Your USA presents users with high quality maps of the USA which they interact with to complete quizzes and games. The software is ideal for anyone who wishes to learn more about United States.