The Education World Tech Team shares its picks of the best software programs for classroom use. In this article, our experts reveal their choices for reference software. Don't miss the rest of this multi-part Ed World series: Load 'Em Up: The Best Software in the Education World!
Reference software includes such common reference tools as dictionaries and encyclopedias. Most of the recommended programs are available on CD or online for an annual fee. Online versions allow frequent updating of information.
No clear winner appeared in this category; most of our tech team members indicated that they simply used whatever was available -- or nothing at all -- and had no preference for one over another. Because of a clear lack of enthusiasm for any one program, we didn't thinkwe had enough information to award a program the "gold star." We'd love to hear your thoughts, however!
In this category, Encarta and Compton's are available only for Windows. Grolier's and World Book are available for both Windows and Macintosh.
|Encarta Reference Library|
|World Book Online|
The Gold Star rating was determined by considering each program's total score along with the number of recommendations submitted for the program and the tenor of reviewers' comments about it.
* based on results from a single evaluator
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The reviews and recommendations in this article represent the opinions of only our Tech Team experts. If you would like to add your rating to theirs, or if you want to rate and review another productivity program's suitability for classroom use, e-mail me at [email protected].
Article by Linda Starr
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