Dallas, Texas
For Immediate Release


New Intelligence Inc. Announces

Interactive History of the United States:
A Text Reconstruction Program for Improving
Reading, Writing, and Reasoning Skills

Dallas, Texas -- November 16, 2000  New Intelligence Inc., a Texas-based developer of educational software, today announced a new software product titled Interactive History of the United States, a text reconstruction program for content mastery, and for improving reading, writing, and reasoning skills.

The new instructional software includes the
TRAC Structures for Learning (TRAC SL) system from New Intelligence Inc., developed for Windows-compatible computers running Windows 3.1, Windows 95, or Windows 98. 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.

Interactive History of the United States instructional software capitalizes on the power of the computer and the TRAC SL system to make the student an active learner, with feedback on the accuracy of his or her comprehension, and active immersion in standard written English. In contrast to traditional textbooks, student interaction is central to Interactive History of the United States. Students must actively and continuously respond in a unique approach the company calls "Managed Engagement" that engages the student in the content, and manages each student's progression through the material. This helps students focus their attention on the material. In addition to improving reading, writing, and reasoning skills, the approach also contributes to mastery of the content..

Dr. Myra Linden, lead author on the History series, explains that when a student is given a reading assignment, the student's attention often wanders, or the student can skim the content without reading carefully, because no active response is required. The student's failure to carefully read the material may not be identified until a test is given days or weeks later. With the
Interactive History of the United States instructional software, and its Managed Engagement approach, the student cannot progress unless the student reads and understands the material presented.

Stand-alone versions are currently available, with licenses for single computer, school computer labs, and school building licenses.  A local area network version is also available, according to Gattis.

The initial release of
Interactive History of the United States, scheduled for late Fall, 2000, will include the period through the Civil War. A third release scheduled for Spring 2002 will include the period since the Civil War.

A comprehensive data recording and reporting system is included in the software system.  The program keeps a record of each student's progress, and includes multiple class management capabilities. A set of point-and-click analysis queries allow a teacher to interrogate the database for a single student, or for students in a particular class, or for multiple students' data for a single lesson. Teachers can use this information to assess a student's progress, and in individual conferences with students.

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