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New Product Reviews: CompuScholar Information Technology Materials

CompuScholar's Information Technology MaterialsLearning List has reviewed each of CompuScholar’s submissions for Texas’ Proclamation 2017 call for CTE products that support instruction in information technology courses. Each product is discussed briefly below:

  •  Java Programming (Abridged) is a web-based, computer science course for high school students. It is a two-semester course that addresses the Java programming language, a primary programming language used by today’s software industry.  This course requires no previous programming experience and supports instruction for Computer Science I.
  • TeenCoder: Windows Programming is a web-based, computer science course for high school students. Instruction addresses one of the primary programming languages, C#, used by today’s software industry.  Similar to Java Programming (Abridged), this course requires no previous programming experience and support instruction for Computer Science I.
  • Digital Savvy is comprehensive, year-long, online course that introduces students to concepts in information technology. Content meets the requirements for Principles of Information Technology courses. Instruction addresses a broad range of topics, including basics of computer hardware, operating systems, networks, social media, commonly used software programs (e.g., spreadsheets), and the role of technology in the workplace.
  • KidCoder: Web Design is a year-long, online course that covers all topics generally included in introductory web-design programs at the middle school and high school levels. Content addresses the HTML, CSS, and JavaScript skills needed to create websites. Instruction meets the requirements for Texas Web Technologies courses.

 

About CompuScholar*

Using a love of computers and programming to inspire a new generation, and frustrated by a lack of proper teaching materials for young students, CompuScholar founders Chris and Andrea Yust set out to make a difference. They worked together to create courses that would teach professional programming languages in a fun way that students could understand and that non-technical teachers and parents could teach.

Chris and Andrea have co-written more than eight introductory computer programming textbooks for kids and teens. The entire CompuScholar team continues to work to make Computer Science education approachable and available to all.

*Information in this section is provided by or adapted from CompuScholar.

 

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New Review: Cosenza & Associates’ Algebraic Reasoning

Cosenza & Associates' Algebraic ReasoningLearning List has reviewed Cosenza & Associates’ Algebraic Reasoning. This comprehensive product supports instruction in Texas algebraic reasoning courses. Content is available in print and digital formats and includes additional online tutorials. Instruction is inquiry based and covers the attributes of functions, systems of equations, modeling with functions and data, and approaches to solving equations. Teacher and student materials contain clear links to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) and English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPs).

Algebraic Reasoning is organized in eight chapters: (1) Algebraic Patterns, (2) Analyzing Functions, (3) Inverses of Functions, (4) Function Operations, (5) Algebraic Methods, (6) Matrices, (7) Solutions of Equations, and (8) Data Modeling. Content is presented using the 5E model of instruction (i.e., engage, explore, explain, elaborate, and evaluate) and is presented simply with a clear writing style that should be accessible for high school students. Frequent examples provide clear, step-by-step guidance in problem-solving strategies followed by “You Try It!” practice problems.

Resources include blackline masters of four versions of mid-chapter and end-of-chapter assessments, including a modified version for students with special learning needs. Editable versions (i.e., Word versions) of a mid-term and final exam and a culminating course project are available. Each test includes multiple-choice and free response items. The culminating project requires students to independently identify and analyze a data set related to a topic of interest.  Teachers also have access to the ExamView® assessment software that allows users to create customized assessments.

About Cosenza & Associates *

Cosenza & Associates, LLC, is based in Dallas, Texas, but offers consulting services nationwide. Cosenza & Associates provides:

  • Instructional resources for K-12 mathematics
  • Curriculum-instruction-assessment design and alignment
  • Professional support for classrooms, schools, and districts
  • Professional development for Texas Gifted and Talented 30-hour and 6-hour update requirements

*Information in this section is provided by or adapted from Cosenza & Associates.

 

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Career and Technical Education: Medical Terminology

medical-563427_960_720Learning List has reviewed each of the eight Proclamation 2017 CTE products that have been state adopted for Medical Terminology.  Please find a brief overview of each product below:

  1. Cengage Learning’s Introduction to Medical Terminology, 3rd Edition, introduces students to the terminology needed for a wide range of health care professions and the pathology, diagnostic, and treatment procedures encountered in the medical field. Instruction includes “The Human Touch Critical: Thinking Activities” that provide real-world medical scenarios followed by critical thinking questions. Resources are available in print format and include additional online components.
  1. CEV Multimedia’s Medical Terminology presents content online using PowerPoint and video lessons. Instruction begins with a set of lessons addressing general topics (e.g., professional communication, teamwork), followed by lessons addressing medical terminology and medical records. 
  1. Goodheart-Willcox’s Introduction to Medical Terminology, 1st Edition, opens with an introduction titled “The Basics of the Body” that explains how medical terms are formed, anatomical positions and planes, and correct pronunciation. The subsequent 13 chapters are organized in terms of the body’s systems (e.g., the respiratory system). Resources are available in print and eBook formats and include additional online components.
  1. Pearson’s Medical Terminology: A Living Language, 3rd Edition, helps students understand medical word building in the context of the body’s systems. Tabular presentation of terms facilitates easy reference and study and a system of color-coded fonts help students easily understand and learn word parts. Resources are available in print and eBook formats.

 B.E. Publishing has four state-adopted products. Each product provides access to “Medical Language Lab” (MLL) online resources that contain video and audio tutorials and interactive learning experiences. Materials for each product are available in print and eBook formats with additional online components. 

  1. Medical Terminology in a Flash! A Multiple Learning Styles Approach, 3rd Edition, introduces students to the terminology needed for careers in the medical field and includes interactive learning experiences. Flash cards of key content from each chapter are provided at the end of the book and online.
  1. Medical Terminology Express: A Short-Course Approach by Body System, 2nd Edition, uses a “word building” approach to teaching medical terminology. Word building requires that students combine forms, suffixes, and prefixes related to the body’s systems. Students learn the meaning of basic medical terms and how terms are used in the health care environment.
  1. Medical Terminology Simplified: A Programmed Learning Approach by Body System, 5th Edition, is structured to facilitate self-study. Terms appear in the margins and may be covered with a bookmark, while definitions and fill-in-the blank items are presented in the body of the text. This text also uses a word-building approach.
  1. Early chapters in Medical Terminology Systems: A Body Systems Approach, 7th Edition, provide introductions to techniques of building medical terminology, the primary suffixes and prefixes used in medical word building, and the body’s structure. Later chapters are organized in terms of the body’s systems (e.g., the digestive system) and special senses (i.e., eyes and ears).

 

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Career and Technical Education: Principles of Health Science

Learning List has reviewed each of the six Proclamation 2017 CTE products that have been state adopted for Principles of Health Science.  Please find a brief overview of each product below:surgery

  1. Applied Educational Systems’ HealthCenter21 is a comprehensive, digital curriculum that provides a library of learning modules that support teacher-led and self-directed study and facilitate instruction in blended learning environments. Instruction prepares students for the Certified Medical Administrative Assistant (CMAA) certification exams.
  1. E. Publishing’s Introduction to Health Care in a Flash! An Interactive, Flash-Card Approach covers basic concepts in anatomy and physiology and introduces students to careers in the health care field. Instruction discusses how different cultures, customs, and religious beliefs may affect a patient’s health care choices. Materials are available in print format with additional online components.
  1. Cengage Learning’s DHO [Diversified Health Occupations] Health Science, 8th Edition, provides an overview of the knowledge and skills needed for a wide range of health care professions as well as the specific skills needed to prepare for some careers (e.g., dental assistant). Instruction provides opportunities for students to practice implementing medical procedures (e.g., donning and removing transmission-based isolation garments). Resources are available in print format and include additional online components. 
  1. CEV Multimedia’s Principles of Health Science presents content in PowerPoint and video lessons. Instruction begins with a set of lessons addressing general topics (e.g., professional communication, mathematics in health science), followed by lessons addressing human development (e.g., fetal and infant, adolescent male), workplace skills (e.g., leadership styles, managing people), and health informatics, diagnostic and support services, and biotechnology research. 
  1. Goodheart-Willcox’s Introduction to Health Science: Pathways to Your Future, 1st Edition, introduces students to the knowledge and skills needed to for entry-level occupations in the health science career cluster. Instruction addresses the Precision Exams’ Health Science Standards and prepares students for the Precision Exams’ Standards and Career Skills Exam and certification. Resources support instruction in blended learning environments.
  1. Pearson’s Principles of Health Science, Texas Edition, covers the knowledge and skills needed for a variety of entry-level jobs in the medical field and includes cross-curricular links to content in math, science, and language arts. Frequent application activities are integrated throughout instruction. Resources are available in print and eBook formats.

 

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Career and Technical Education: Anatomy and Physiology

Learning List has reviewed each of the career and technical education (CTE) courses submitted in response to the Texas Education Agency’s Proclamation 2017 call for products to support instruction in Anatomy and Physiology. The Texas Education Code (TEC) specifies that Anatomy and Physiology (A&P) is a one-credit course that satisfies high school science graduation requirements and that students participating in A&P courses must meet the 40% laboratory and fieldwork requirement (TEC § 130.224). Medic

Six publishers submitted comprehensive A&P products in response PROC 2017. Each course introduces students to the systems, processes, and functions of the human body, and how systems interact to maintain homeostasis. The courses are summarized briefly below.  Given the importance of vocabulary development, lab experiences, and preparation for further education and careers in A&P course work, the summaries focus on these components of each product.

  1. B.E. Publishing: Understanding Anatomy & Physiology: A Visual, Auditory, Interactive Approach, 2nd Edition: Materials are available in print and eBook formats with additional online components.
  • The course is divided into five parts, or units: (1) The Organization of the Body, (2) Covering, Support, and Movement of the Body, (3) Regulation and Integration of the Body, (4) Maintenance of the Body, and (5) Continuity.
  • Each unit is made up of chapters that address the organs, systems, and processes related to the functions covered in the unit.
  • New vocabulary is highlighted in the text and defined in context. The text does not include phonetic spellings or a glossary; however, online resources include an audio glossary that defines and pronounces new terms.
  • Online resources, including animations, podcasts and interactive exercises, support independent study.

 

  1. Cengage Learning’s Body Structures and Functions, 13th Edition: Resources are available in print format and include additional online components.
  • The course begins with an overview of the instructional resources included in the course and guidance in how to use them (e.g., “Visually highlight important material and a brief history of anatomical science).
  • Subsequent chapters introduce the body’s structural units (e.g., cells, tissues), its systems and their functions (e.g., the circulatory system), and the components of each system (e.g., blood, heart).
  • New vocabulary is highlighted in the text, defined in context and in the text’s glossary, and spelled phonetically.
  • Chapters end with a “Medical Terminology” feature, a set of review exercises, a case study, and several lab activities. Medical Terminology provides lists of prefixes and suffixes and their roles in creating medical terms (e.g., intra: inside; intra/cellular: inside the cell).
  • A “Career Profiles” feature describes careers in the medical field.
  • A “One Body” feature describes the interactions between body systems (e.g., skeletal and muscular).

 

CEV Multimedia’s Anatomy & Physiology: Materials are available online and include some print components.

  • Instruction begins with a set of lessons addressing general topics (e.g., Professional Communication, Scientific Reasoning), followed by lessons addressing the body’s systems (e.g., the circulatory system) and human development (e.g., fetal and infant, adolescent male).
  • Lessons addressing medical equipment and how the body’s systems interact are provided.
  • Most content is presented in bullet-points on PowerPoint slides.
  • Additional instruction is presented using print materials and closed-captioned videos.
  • Instruction clarifies the definitions of new terms; each lesson includes a printable vocabulary sheet with definitions.
  • Lessons include video interviews with professionals working in related fields (e.g., registered nurse) and accompanying research activities.
  • Print materials for PowerPoint and video lessons include vocabulary worksheets, activities (e.g., “Labeling Homeostasis Components”), and projects (e.g., create an informational poster about blood type).
  • An accompanying “Human Body Lab Book” is required for some activities; Learning List’s reviewers did not have access to the Lab Book.

 

Goodheart-Willcox’s Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology: Resources are available in print and eBook formats and include additional online components. 

  • The course begins with a chapter titled “Foundations of Human Anatomy and Physiology” that provides an introduction to vocabulary, basic physiological processes, the effects of force on the body, the scientific method, and individuals who advanced the field (e.g., Leonardo da Vinci).
  • Subsequent chapters address unique body systems (e.g., The Nervous System) and are organized in self-contained lessons that progress in a logical order, culminating in a lesson about diseases and disorders common to the body system (e.g., “Injuries and Disorders of the Nervous System”).
  • Key vocabulary is highlighted in the chapter, defined in context, in a “Mini Glossary” at the end of the lesson, and in the glossary at the back of the book.
    • Other important terms are italicized in the text and defined in context and in the book’s glossary.
    • Terms that are difficult to pronounce are spelled phonetically.
    • Online resources include an “Audio Glossary” that pronounces new terms.
  • Vivid full-color illustrations and diagrams include accompanying critical thinking questions.
    • eBook illustrations contain links to associated animations and labeling activities on the course’s companion website.
  • Each chapter includes a Mini Glossary of key terms, a short “In the Lab” investigation, and a “Career Corner: Anatomy and Physiology at Work” feature that explores careers related to the body system covered in the chapter and contains activities in which students research the education, skills, and personal traits (e.g., teamwork and collaboration skills) required for related careers.
  • A “Student Workbook and Lab Manual” has enrichment activities for each lesson and a hands-on lab investigation and practice test for each chapter.

 

McGraw-Hill’s Hole’s Human Anatomy & Physiology, Texas Edition: Resources are available in print and eBook formats with additional online components.

  • The course’s first unit addresses the levels of organization in the human body (e.g., cell, tissue, organ). Subsequent units address the specific functions of the body’s organ systems (e.g., Support and Movement, Reproduction), and chapters cover the systems and processes involved in the function (e.g., the skeletal system; pregnancy, growth, and development).
  • Chapters reference the TEKS addressed by instruction.
  • New vocabulary is presented in bold font and defined in context and in a glossary.
    • Terms that are difficult to pronounce include phonetic spelling.
    • Each chapter includes a “Understanding Words” feature that examines the word forms, such as stems, prefixes, and affixes, that make up the chapter’s vocabulary (e.g., “ren-, kidney: renal cortex—outer region of a kidney.”).
  • Illustrations and figures include questions that require students to analyze what they see (e.g., “What is the distance from the tongue to the duodenum, in English units?”).
  • A “Career Corner” feature introduces students to careers in anatomy and physiology (e.g., anesthesiologist assistant).
  • “InnerConnections” figures are included in some chapters and highlight how the different systems of the body interact.
  • The “High School Laboratory Manual for Human Anatomy & Physiology,” while not specific to the Hole’s course, contains 34 complementary hands-on lab activities.

Pearson’s Anatomy, Physiology, & Disease, 4th Edition: Resources are available in print and eBook formats with additional online components.

  • The course frames instruction as a journey through a foreign land (i.e., the human body).
  • The text’s first chapter addresses learning the specialized “foreign” language of medical terminology and abbreviations, and the second chapter, “The Human Body: Reading the Map,” introduces students to body positions, cavities, and regions.
  • Subsequent chapters explore the organization of the body (e.g., cells and tissue), its systems (e.g., the skeletal system), and their functions (e.g., movement).
  • The course’s final chapters address basic diagnostic tests (e.g., blood tests), the scientific method, the role of anatomy and physiology in day-to-day life (e.g., personal choices and wellness), and careers and career planning.
  • Chapters begin with a list of new vocabulary with phonetic spellings.
    • New vocabulary is highlighted and defined in context, margin notes, and in the text’s glossary.
  • A variety of features help students integrate their learning and understand the real-world application of content. For example:
    • “Clinical Application” describes the real-world applications of what students are learning (e.g., sensible use of antibiotics).
    • “Applied Science” frames topics in anatomy and physiology in the context of other sciences (e.g., Forensics and Hair).
    • “Pathology Connection” describes diseases and disorders related to the concepts students are learning (e.g., diabetes mellitus).

For each of these state-adopted materials, LearningList.com features three professional reviews to inform your selection decision:

  • Spec Sheet – an overview of the material’s key academic attributes and technology requirements;
  • Editorial Review – an in-depth analysis of the materials instructional content and design, and
  • Alignment Report – the state panel’s report showing the citations that where reviewed for alignment to the each TEKS.

 

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