Look here for great educational software designed to help students with skills such as typing, critical thinking, and creative arts. If you want to try it before you buy it, see if your local library has a copy. (It's a great place to donate your used software, too!)
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Crazy Machines 2 takes you on an incredible world tour and put your skills to the test with challenging puzzles from around the globe. But that’s not all: the game is exploding with new elements to play with, allowing you to create even more complex and astounding gadgets and machines. A reworked physics engine allows for seriously realistic and in-depth gameplay.
Kid Pix Deluxe 4 has all the creative functionality one would expect, from selecting from an array of art mediums (paint, watercolor, airbrush, pencil, crayon, marker, chalk, etc.) to using various finishing techniques (stickers, stamps, typeface, etc.). In addition, the software can add special effects (animate, smudge, smear, warp twist, etc.) for a wacky look, suggest ideas and backgrounds to help get creative juices flowing, and import digital photos to personalize.
Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing Platinum 20 is the most comprehensive typing instruction system and now includes updated learning tools, an improved user interface and even more features. Whether you want to learn essential keyboarding skills or improve overall typing efficiency, Mavis Beacon will guide you step-by-step on your road to success! Improve speed and accuracy with detailed assessments, customized lessons and skill-building games. For typists of all skill levels.
School House Rock! 3rd & 4th Grade Essentials includes multi-player games, multiple difficulty levels, 13 hit Schoolhouse Rock videos, over 80 printable activities, and a parent's and teacher's guide. Skills addressed include computation, multiplication, division, fractions and equations, negative numbers, logic and strategy, addition and subtraction, grammar, spelling and vocabulary, parts of speech, conjunctions and interjections, earth and natural science, physics, anatomy, electricity, technology and inventions, solar system, weight and measurement, US and world geography, and history. Ages 8-10.
Designed specifically for kids, JumpStart Typing gives children a critical technological edge with a product that's fun to play and easy to use. The perfect typing solution for young students. Repetitive training and interactive demonstrations and activities help students build typing proficiency. Learn and practice proper keyboarding technique, build accuracy and speed at the keyboard, and foster correct hand placement and body posture. Grades 2 to 5.
Mavis Beacon Keyboarding Kidz is the perfect software for children and 'tweens who are either learning to touch type or want a fun way to improve their keyboarding skills. Mavis and Dex are helping out at the movie concession stand, and they need your help when there's a mad rush between shows! You can help take orders, but only after you've mastered the keys from A to Z! Set words-per-minute goals, see what keys your child needs to practice and what keys he or she knows well. Ages 7 and Up.
Piano Wizard Academy is a complete piano learning system designed to simply and intuitively teach you and your children how to play the piano. It requires no previous experience and it makes the process fun. At the core is an engaging computer game that slowly and naturally progresses toward basic and advanced piano learning concepts. You also get unique tools to help you become your child’s music coach … even if you’re not particularly musical yourself.