SuccessMaker Internet beefs up control, flexibility

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NCS Learn, which specializes in software and online learning solutions to pre-K-12 schools and adult learners, has released a new Mac compatible version of SuccessMaker Internet that offers additional courses; real-time online consultations; broader platform capabilities; and access to additional activities.

SuccessMaker Internet from NCS Learn is an Internet-enabled solution designed to provide curriculum with full reporting and assessment capabilities. It combines the accessibility of Internet-delivered student data with the reliability of locally delivered courseware for students, according to Steve Gardner, NCS Learn vice president of marketing and business development.

With version 2.0, six new courses are now available, making a total of 14. Designed for students in grades K-5, these new standards-based courses address lower-level needs in mathematics, reading/language arts and ESL/bilingual/English language development via multimedia learning activities, real-world simulations and structured explorations that automatically adjust to individual skill levels, Gardner said. The SuccessMaker curriculum is correlated to national standards and objectives, he added.

The new Results Manager offers a Lesson Set Editor that lets teachers edit, control and reorder content in certain reading courses. The system also features a live help real-time chat function so teachers or curriculum directors can discuss course content and implementation planning with NCS Learn's Education Consultants.

Plus, a new Student ID field has been added to the registration data so students can also be identified by an ID number as well as by unique user names. Results Manager even reduces data entry work by allowing administrators to import registration data from other databases rather than entering the information manually, Gardner said.

SuccessMaker Internet 2.0 also beefs up the product's collection of on-demand reports for facilitating the evaluation of students' learning strengths and weaknesses. Teachers use the report data and assessments to develop targeted intervention and remediation strategies. They are also able to provide administrators and parents with up-to-the-minute information on student, group and class performance, Gardner said. Similarly, administrators can use report data to track school-wide course usage and progress by grade or class, he added.

Accuracy of reporting by differentiating between performance data for standard courses and those that have been customized by teachers is another improvement over version 1.0, Gardner said. Educators now have options for reporting on standard or custom courses or even a combination of both. What's more, the option for creating reports by the Student ID field rather than by student names facilitates statistical analysis and enhances security of student data at the district or state level, Gardner said.

SuccessMaker Internet 2.0 offers Web sites for its subscribers, through a "Resources" link in Results Manager. The Student Web site provides access to math and reading activities that target grades 3-5, and the Educator Web site contains course worksheets available as PDF files.

SuccessMaker Internet is cross platform and can be used with Mac OS 8.6 - 9.2.1. No plans have been announced for a Carbonized version.

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