Dallas, Texas -- May 4, 2000 New Intelligence Inc., a Texas-based developer and publisher of educational software and print materials, today announced Aesop's Fables: The Modern Aesop, a new software series for building reading, writing, and reasoning skills. The series includes ten modernized fables carefully adapted by the authors from the traditional versions. Designed for use at the third and fourth grade levels, The Modern Aesop is based on text reconstruction exercises developed by Dr. Arthur Whimbey and Dr. Myra Linden, well-known educators and researchers in the field, and authors of numerous textbooks and workbooks incorporating a text reconstruction approach to building reading comprehension and writing skills.
Aesop's Fables: The Modern Aesop includes the TRAC Structures for Learning system from New Intelligence Inc., developed for Windows-compatible computers running Windows 3.1, Windows 95, Windows 98, or Windows NT. Emphasizing simple point-and-click operations by students using the program, the TRAC SL system software also includes powerful, easy-to-use central student management, performance analysis, and reporting functions.
Dr. Whimbey points out that quality educational software must be developed through an understanding of how students learn. Dr. Linden adds that good software must go beyond the printed page in what it accomplishes with students if we are not simply to replace current print materials with more expensive computers and software to accomplish the same ends.
Reading specialists know that students construct meaning as they read, if they read carefully and thoughtfully - an essential process in developing reading skills and improving comprehension. While much software designed for reading doesn't recognize this process, The Modern Aesop uses a proven strategy for engaging the student in the process of reading text carefully and constructing meaning, with immediate feedback directly to the student during the process. The software takes an approach that has been very successful with printed material, and adds several elements that allow the software to go considerably beyond the printed page in effectively engaging the student in appropriate reading exercises.
The The Modern Aesop software is interactive in (1) eliciting continuous responses from students to ensure that they are actively processing the material; (2) providing feedback to help students accurately comprehend the material; and (3) monitoring student's spelling and grammar as they write.