MindPlay Educational Software Company440 S. Williams Blvd.
Tucson, Arizona 85711-4403
Telephone: 800-221-7911 or 520-888-1800.
Products manufactured by MindPlay Educational Software Company (listed alphabetically)
FLRT (FLUENT READING TRAINER)
FLRT (Fluent Reading Trainer) is a reading tutorial program designed for use by individuals with learning disabilities. This program is designed to be a tool that quickly helps students increase reading speed while improving reading comprehension. Designed as the next step to reading success for students who have used MindPlay’s My Reading Coach (see entry), FLRT trains the eyes to move from left to right efficiently and to sweep in one movement, enhancing visual memory, silent reading skills, speed, and reading comprehension. The program aims to keep students challenged while reading at their own pace by providing assignments that are individualized to match each student’s unique abilities.
MY READING COACH, SCHOOL EDITION & SINGLE STUDENT EDITION
My Reading Coach is a reading tutorial program designed for use with children and adults with attention deficit disorder (ADD/ADHD), dyslexia, and other learning disabilities. Appropriate for students aged seven years through adult, this CD-ROM-based program provides self-paced, individualized reading instruction appropriate to the student's ability level, from those with few or no reading skills through those seeking to improve speed and comprehension. Jim Larrabee, a special needs teacher and speech pathologist, is The Digital Teacher who presents his structured phonics-based program on three CD-ROMs with 47 interactive lessons plus practice activities. The technology combines audio and video with one-on-one instruction and feedback that responds to the individual student's performance. The recommended time for the program's use is five hours per week, with most students completing the program in 40 to 60 hours. Non-English speakers and students with low ability may need to complete the program twice for optimal results. This program teaches correct sound pronunciation and letter formation and alternative spelling of sounds and the role of spelling in word meaning. Other features include testing for mastery in five different ways on every lesson, automatic scheduling of review tests and reassignment of lessons as required, and tracking and reporting of student skill growth. The program also includes printable worksheets for off-line skill reinforcement and comprehension practice. For those using the school edition, the classroom teacher spends time with the student after the completion of every fourth lesson on off-line lessons and application of mastery; materials are included. The Single-Student Edition ($99 for the first student, plus $89 for each additional student) includes the three CD-ROM program, one 3.5-inch floppy disk enabling access of paid student(s) for 100 hours or one year, and printable worksheets. The School Edition ($5,000 for one workstation, $7,000 for two workstations, and $8,000 for three workstations; $1,000 for each additional work station) includes the three CD-ROM program with unlimited student access, a Teaching Guide, support materials, and one year of technical support. COMPATIBILITY: For use on IBM and compatible computers or Power Macintosh. SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS: The IBM and compatible requires Windows 95/98, a Pentium processor, 64 megabytes (MB) of RAM, 50 MB free hard drive space, CD-ROM drive, 16-bit color, Windows compatible sound card, speakers, and a mouse. The Power Macintosh requires a 640e or faster processor (G3 or later recommended), MacOS 8.0 or later, 64 MB RAM, a minimum of 400 MB hard drive space (500 MB recommended), SoftWindows 98, CD-ROM drive, sound, speakers, and a mouse. A 3.5-inch floppy disk drive is required for the Single Student Edition. OPTIONS: Additional Teachers Guide (not included with the Single Student Edition), SoftWindows98 for the Power Macintosh, and an annual maintenance agreement beyond the first year for the School Edition.
RAPS 360 (REANDING AND PRESCRIPTION SYSTEM)
RAPS 360 (Reading Analysis and Prescription System) is a reading evaluation program designed for use with children with learning disabilities. RAPS 360 helps teachers quickly gauge a student’s ability to read and comprehend grade level passages and then further diagnoses reading skills based on the determined proficiency levels. Tests are quick and adaptive and can be completed in five to thirty minutes. The system tests encoding/decoding, eye function, word meaning, and reading comprehension and fluency. Reports can also be created for student performance within an entire district, a school, a class, and at the individual level. RAPS is completely computer based and automatically develops an individualized learning plan that can be used to fill gaps with MindPlay’s My Reading Coach and FLRT (see entries). Suggested reading intervention lessons are provided in black-line copies along with the testing results, and students are only assigned those lessons that specifically target their unique needs.