[K12OSN] SAT Prep Software and Keyboarding?

Tom Simpson bullet at sc.rr.com
Fri Apr 23 10:21:52 UTC 2004


First time poster to the list. I am in the process of setting up a 
prototype mini-lab and preparing a proposal for a K12LTSP deployment in our 
school. No particular problems on the hardware and configuration side yet. 
While I have been doing so, I have been polling the academic teachers (the 
ultimate end-users) as to what they need a lab to do for them. Aside from 
the inevitable "research, write, and present" (all OpenOffice and Mozilla 
functions, no problems there), I have also gotten a request for SAT 
preparatory software. I am not at all familiar with that end of the 
educational software market for Windows, much less with any open-source 
options. Any suggestions in this area?

Also, I want to be able to field any questions regarding how this might be 
implemented for the business teachers. I am dual certified social studies 
and business education and am mostly focused on how social studies and 
other academic teachers might use this approach because I am a social 
studies teacher at the moment. Still, the business teacher in me wonders 
about the business lab and how deployable a K12LTSP thin client lab is. I 
note that our state standards do not mention a particular software brand, 
but aside from TuxTyping, what is available out there for automated timed 
writing assessments and all of the other stuff business teachers would 
expect in a modern lab? OpenOffice is of course adequate for the word 
processing/spread sheet/etc. end of things, but what about assessment tools 
for the teacher?

-Tom Simpson
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