GED Software Title
 GED Interactive
(MCS 2)

SUBJECT AREAS:    Reading, Writing, Math, Science, Social Studies, and
                                       Literature & the Arts

PUBLISHER:                        Contemporary Books
                                                4255 West Touby Ave.
                                                Lincoln-Wood, IL 60646-1975
                                                (800) 621-1918 or 998-3103
                                                FAX:  (800) 998-3103
                                                http://www.contemporarybooks.com
                                                James Kirkland (Sales Rep)
                                                (703) 824-9374
                                                FAX: (703) 824-9375
                                                e-mail: kirkjm@erols.com

 COST:               $597.50 (Single Station Version - Disks and User Manual)
                           $1197.00 (Hard Drive Version with Site License)
                           $1797.00 (Site License and Network Price)

 USE:                 GED
                           High School Alternative
                           At-Risk Youth

 SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS:     WIN/CD-ROM (8MB RAM, 486/66 MHz)
                                                         MAC/CD-ROM (8MB RAM, 7.0 or later)
                                                         DOS (386/486 , 640K RAM)

 DESCRIPTION: GED Interactive is a comprehensive computer software program that
provides all the instructional components necessary to prepare students to take the GED test. It
was designed to supplement the GED Satellite series of books, but it can also be utilized as an
independent GED prep course of study with diagnostic, prescriptive, instructional, and assessment features. GED Interactive includes a Reading Pretest, Lessons, and Post-Test that should be
used first as a placement or screening, to determine if a students is ready for the GED-level of instruction and study. The program continues with pre-tests in the five GED subject areas that are shorter (one-half) than the actual GED test. All tests can be taken in the timed or the study mode, which provides access to hints. The program then uses the results to provide a converted standard GED score and to provide a prescription which references units in GED Interactive and off-line pages in a variety of Contemporary's books. The instructional units provide unit reviews and the following tutorial lessons: 16 reading; 27 writing; 18 social studies; 18 science; 16 literature; and 29 mathematics. Full length Post-tests cover six subject areas. The management system tracks the student individually and includes class status information. All test results and prescriptions can be printed.

Strengths: Students really enjoy using this program to prepare for the GED test instead of using
only text material. Taking the pre/post tests in the study mode is very beneficial in terms of the
content learned, the practice in the GED question format, and the immediate feedback and
explanation of correct answers. Two excellent features are the "tip boxes" and "checkpoints" that are found throughout the lessons.  Tip boxes point out strategies to the students at the end of the
skill introductions, while the checkpoints summarize the important lesson skills and concepts.
Another strongpoint of this program is the emphasis on review of the content. Two types of
review are provided to the student with lesson and unit reviews in all subject areas. One unique
advantage of GED interactive is the "extra" reading subject which can be used for screening
students to determine their readiness for the GED level. We also found GED Reading Interactive to be beneficial to students when used as a transitional stage of tutorial practice and instruction. Another advantage to this program is that each subject is on a separate program, so those with limited budgets could load one or more subjects on several computers. The installation process is very quick and easy. Many teachers commented positively about the off-line prescriptions that are correlated to various GED texts from Contemporary.

Weaknesses: Teachers and students commented negatively about the inadequacy of some of the
explanations in the math pre/post tests. The complete process of math steps is not explained for every question, so many times the student did not understand how the answer was obtained. There also needs to be a better explanation of the specific computer lesson units and book titles that are referenced in the student prescription section.

Rating Evaluation Scale: 1(Poor), 2 (Fair), 3 (Good), 4 (Excellent), N/A (Not Available)
 
Curriculum Content: (5 )  Management System: (4.5)
Scope and Sequence of Skills: (4) Report Options: (5)
Presentation of Skills: (5)  Diagnostic or Placement: (4)
Grade Level or Readability Range: (8.0 - 12.0 grade level) Prescriptive Component: (4)
Interest Level: Adult and high school students
Instructional Strategy: Types of Questioning:
Drill and Practice (4) Multiple Choice Yes
Tutorial (4) Fill-in Yes
Branching N/A True/False Yes
Simulation N/A Write-in No
Application (4) Matching Yes
Sequencing Yes
Positive Reinforcement: (4)  Appropriate Feedback and Explanations: (4)
Student Directions: (4)  Maintains Student Interest: (5)
Optional Review (learner control): (5) Teacher manuals, documentation, supplementary materials:  (4)
Student Worksheets: Screen Presentation:
Computer generated: N/A Ease of readability: (5)
Reproducible: N/A Color: (5)
Text size: (5)
Graphic Quality: (4.5)
Computer "Tools" for students: Multimedia Format: Yes
Calculator- Yes CD-ROM  Yes
Protractor -No
Ruler- No Technical Support:
Glossary- Yes Toll-free customer support (4)
Notebook- Yes On-site visit - Yes (Sales Rep.)
Hint Option- Yes Educational consultant:   (4) 
Formulas-Yes In-state representative- Yes
Other:  Close Up (expands text or graphics)
Mastery Tests or Reviews: Level of Thinking Skills:
On computer (5) Literal (5)
Off-line  N/A Critical (5)

Student Evaluations: (Good-4.0 to Excellent 5.0)

Functional Context of the Content (4)

Enrollment and Reporting of Third Party Software:  N/A

Correlations to Standardized Tests:  Yes
 
 

                                APPENDIX

              APPENDIX 1: SUBJECT-AREA LESSON OUTLINES

 GED INTERACTIVE: READING
 UNIT: READING FOR MEANING 1
 Lesson 1 What's the Main Idea?
 1. Titles and Headlines
 2. Reading Paragraphs
 3. Practice
 4. Reading Strategy 1: Pace
 5. Reading Strategy 2: Details
 6. Practice

 Lesson 2 Using the Mind's Eye
 1. Visualization
 2. Reading Strategy
 3. Using Imagery
 4. Practice

 Lesson 3 Restating Information
 1. Main Idea and Details
 2. Visualizing
 3. Practice
 4. Using Synonyms
 5. Practice
 6. Using Information
 7. Practice

 Lesson 4 Summarizing Information
 1. Main Idea
 2. Key Points
 3. Practice
 Unit 1 Review

 UNIT 2: READING FOR MEANING 2
 Lesson 1 Order and Sequence
 1. Instructions and Directions
 2. Reading Science Material
 3. Reading About Social Studies
 4. Practice

 Lesson 2 Classifying Data
 1. Using Categories
 2. Practice

 Lesson 3 Punctuation and Meaning
 1. Reading Fiction
 2. Reading Literature
 3. Practice
 4. Reading Science and Social Studies
 5. Practice

 Lesson 4 Evaluating What You Read
 1. Facts and Opinions
 2. Generalizations
 3. Practice
 Unit 2 Review
                                         UNIT 3: BUILDING YOUR
                                         VOCABULARY
                                         Lesson 1 Words and Usage
                                         1. The Dictionary
                                         2. Changes in Meaning
                                         3. How New Words Are Added
                                         4. Practice

                                         Lesson 2 Word Parts
                                         1. Roots, Prefixes, Suffixes
                                         2. Word Families
                                         3. Word Endings and Parts of Speech
                                         4. Practice

                                         Lesson 3 Words in Context
                                         1. Main Idea and Details
                                         2. Examples and Definitions
                                         3. Practice

                                         Lesson 4 Expanding Your Vocabulary
                                         1. Synonyms
                                         2. Shades of Meaning
                                         3. Antonyms
                                         4. Practice
                                         Unit 3 review

                                         UNIT 4: UNDERSTANDING
                                         GRAPHIC AIDS
                                         Lesson 1 Reading Tables
                                         1. Titles
                                         2. Categories of Information
                                         3. Reading Strategy
                                         4. Practice

                                         Lesson 2 Reading Graphs
                                         1. Bar Graphs
                                         2. Line Graphs
                                         3. Circle Graphs
                                         4. Double Bar Graphs
                                         5. Practice

                                         Lesson 3 Reading Maps
                                         1. Parts of a Map
                                         2. Types of Maps
                                         3. Practice

                                         Lesson 4 Reading Diagrams and
                                         Illustrations
                                         1. Comprehension
                                         2. Analysis
                                         3. Practice
                                         Unit 4 Review
 GED INTERACTIVE: WRITING SKILLS
 UNIT 1: SENTENCE BASICS
 Lesson
 1. Simple Sentence Basics
 2. Simple Subjects and Verbs
 3. Word Order
 4. Compounding
 5. Nouns
 Unit 1 Review

 UNIT 2: VERB TENSE AND FORM
 Lesson
 1. Using Verbs
 2. Perfect Tenses
 3. Tenses and Voice
 4. Regular Verbs
 5. Irregular Verbs
 Unit 2 Review

 UNIT 3: SUBJECT-VERB AGREEMENT
 Lesson
 1. Basic Subject-Verb Agreement
 2. Either...Or and Neither...Nor
 3. Special Subject-Verb Agreement Problems
 4. Subject-Verb Agreement with Indefinite-Pronoun
 Subjects
 Unit 3 Review

 UNIT 4: PRONOUNS/PRONOUN
 REFERENCE
 Lesson
 1. Pronoun Basics
 2. Special Pronoun Problems
 3. Pronoun Reference I
 4. Pronoun Reference II
 Unit 4 Review

 UNIT 5: CLAUSES, TENSE SEQUENCE,
 AND SENTENCE COMBINING
 Lesson
 1. Compound Sentences
 2. Connectors for Independent Clauses
 3. Dependent Clauses
 4. Dependent Clause Fragments
 5. Sentence Combining and Rewriting
 6. Tense Sequence
 Unit 5 Review

 UNIT 6: MODIFIERS AND PARALLELISM
 Lesson
 1. Introduction to Modifiers
 2. Use of Modifiers
 3. Parallel Structure
 Unit 6 Review
                                         GED INTERACTIVE: SOCIAL
                                         STUDIES
                                         UNIT 1: UNDERSTANDING IDEAS
                                         IN SOCIAL STUDIES
                                         Lesson
                                         1. Summarizing the Main Idea in Passages
                                         and Maps
                                         2. Summarizing the Main Idea in Charts
                                         and Graphs
                                         3. Restating Information in Passages and
                                         Maps
                                         4. Restating Information in Charts and
                                         Graphs
                                         5. Identifying Implications
                                         Init 1 Review

                                         UNIT 2: APPLYING IDEAS IN
                                         SOCIAL STUDIES
                                         Lesson
                                         1. Applying Ideas in U.S. History
                                         2. Applying Ideas in Political Science
                                         3. Applying Ideas in Behavioral Sciences
                                         4. Applying Ideas in Geography
                                         5. Applying Ideas in Economics
                                         Unit 2 Review

                                         UNIT 3: ANALYZING IDEAS IN
                                         SOCIAL STUDIES
                                         Lesson
                                         1. Identifying Cause-and-Effect
                                         Relationships
                                         2. Distinguishing Fact from Opinion
                                         3. Understanding Unstated Assumptions
                                         4. Drawing Conclusions
                                         Unit 3 Review

                                         UNIT 4: EVALUATING IDEAS IN
                                         SOCIAL STUDIES
                                         Lesson
                                         1. Judging the Value of Information
                                         2. Recognizing Values
                                         3. Judging the Accuracy of Facts
                                         4. Identifying Faulty Reasoning
                                         Unit 4 Review

                                         GED INTERACTIVE: SCIENCE
                                         UNIT 1: UNDERSTANDING IDEAS
                                         IN SCIENCE
                                         Lesson
                                         1. Summarizing the Main Idea in Passages
                                         and Charts
                                         2. Summarizing the Main Idea in Graphs
                                         3. Restating Information
                                         4. Identifying Implications
                                         Unit 1 Review

                                         Unit 2: APPLYING IDEAS IN
                                         SCIENCE
                                         Lesson
                                         1. Applying Ideas in Human Biology
                                         2. Applying Ideas in Plant and Animal
                                         Biology
                                         3. Applying Ideas in Earth Science
                                         4. Applying Ideas in Chemistry
                                         5. Applying Ideas in Physics
                                         Unit 2 Review
 UNIT 3: ANALYZING IDEAS IN SCIENCE
 Lesson
 1. Distinguishing Fact from Opinion
 2. Identifying Cause-and-Effect Relationships
 3. Drawing Conclusions
 4. Developing Hypotheses
 5. Following the Scientific Method
 Unit 3 Review

 UNIT 4: EVALUATING IDEAS IN SCIENCE
 Lesson
 1. Recognizing Values
 2. Judging the Value of Information
 3. Judging the Adequacy of Information
 4. Judging the Accuracy of Information
 Unit 4 Review

 GED INTERACTIVE: LITERATURE AND
 THE ARTS
 UNIT 1: BASIC THINKING SKILLS
 Lesson
 1. Literal Comprehension of Nonfiction Prose
 2. Understanding the Meanings of Words
 3. Inferential Comprehension of Nonfiction Prose
 Unit 1 Review

 UNIT 2: ADVANCED THINKING SKILLS
 Lesson
 1. Analyzing Style and Tone in Nonfiction Prose
 2. Analyzing the Structure of Nonfiction Prose
 3. Applying Ideas Found in Nonfiction Prose
 Unit 2 Review

 UNIT 3: UNDERSTANDING FICTION
 Lesson
 1. Narrative Point of View
 2. Characterization
 3. Setting, Plot, and Theme
 Unit 3 Review

 UNIT 4: UNDERSTANDING POETRY
 Lesson
 1. Structure
 2. Figurative Language
 3. Musical Elements
 Unit 4 Review

 UNIT 5: UNDERSTANDING DRAMA
 Lesson
 1. The Format of Drama
 2. Characterization and Plot
 Unit 5 Review

 UNIT 6: UNDERSTANDING
 COMMENTARIES ON THE ARTS
 Lesson
 1. The Purpose and Structure of Commentaries
 2. Facts and Opinions in Commentaries
 Unit 6 Review
                                         GED INTERACTIVE:
                                         MATHEMATICS
                                         UNIT 1: PROBLEM SOLVING FOR
                                         THE GED
                                         Lesson
                                         1. The Order of Operations
                                         2. Set-up Problems
                                         3. A Five-Step Approach to Solving
                                         Problems
                                         Unit 1 Review

                                         UNIT 2: FRACTIONS
                                         Lesson
                                         1. Using Fractions
                                         2. Adding Fractions
                                         3. Subtracting Fractions
                                         4. Adding and Subtracting Mixed
                                         Numbers
                                         5. Multiplying Fractions
                                         6. Dividing Fractions
                                         Unit 2 Review

                                         UNIT 3: DECIMALS
                                         Lesson
                                         1. Using Decimals
                                         2. Adding Decimals
                                         3. Subtracting Decimals
                                         4. Multiplying Decimals
                                         5. Dividing Decimals
                                         Unit 3 Review

                                         UNIT 4: PERCENT
                                         Lesson
                                         1. Describing Percents
                                         2. Changing Between Percents and
                                         Decimals
                                         3. Changing Between Percents and
                                         Fractions
                                         4. Using Part/Whole Ratios with Percents
                                         Unit 4 Review

                                         UNIT 5: RATIO, PROPORTION,
                                         AND PROBABILITY
                                         Lesson
                                         1. Ratio
                                         2. Proportion
                                         3. Probability
                                         Unit 5 Review

                                         UNIT 6: ALGEBRA
                                         Lesson
                                         1. Writing and Evaluating Expressions
                                         2. Solving One-Step Equations
                                         3. Solving Two-Step Equations
                                         4. Using Formulas
                                         5. Using Coordinates
                                         Unit 6 Review

                                         UNIT 7: GEOMETRY
                                         Lesson
                                         1. Angles and Lines
                                         2. Triangles
                                         3. Formulas for Geometry
                                         Unit 7 Review