Portland, Ore. (PRWEB) September 16, 2008
Two new additions to Inspiration Software®, Inc.'s library of lesson plan books will support teachers as they use InspireData™ to help students build data analysis skills, and strengthen their critical thinking skills while learning about topics in science and social studies. Debuting today, "InspireData and Science: Question, Analyze and Predict" and "InspireData and Social Studies: Explore, Analyze and Understand," each includes 20 easy-to-use lessons for grades 4-12, aligned to national academic standards.
Students use InspireData, the visual way to explore and understand data, to investigate, analyze and represent data and information in dynamic plots and graphs. InspireData tools make it easy to change variables and plot types so students can explore data in multiple, meaningful ways. This encourages them to investigate data analytically, ask more questions and apply their understanding of the data to form better conclusions and to continue exploration.
"Developed by educators with content-area expertise, our new InspireData lesson plan books give teachers an effective way to integrate InspireData into the science and social studies curriculum for grades 4-12," said Mona Westhaver, president and co-founder, Inspiration Software. "As always, we are committed to providing teachers with great tools for using visual learning to help their students build the thinking skills necessary for success in school and in life."
Students will use data to learn about every step of scientific inquiry when teachers use the lessons in "InspireData and Science: Question, Analyze and Predict ." Targeted at grades 4-12, the 20 lessons in this new book are aligned to National Science Education Standards. They focus on core content strands, including science as inquiry, the nature of science, physical sciences, life sciences and earth and space sciences. Designed to support science laboratory activities and science instruction using InspireData, these lessons will help students build data collection, analysis and prediction skills while they study fascinating topics such as animal longevity, air quality and the characteristics of stars.
With the lesson plans in "InspireData and Social Studies: Explore, Analyze and Understand ," teachers can help students use data to learn important concepts in history, geography, economics, civics and government. Each easy-to-use lesson includes suggested grade levels, standards alignment, a description, step-by-step instructions, ideas for assessments, and adaptations for differentiating instruction and extending the lesson. Students will use historical and current data to explore topics such as the economics of using credit cards, characteristics of past presidents and political advances women have made around the world.
These two new subject-specific lesson plan books join "Developing Data Literacy with InspireData" a collection of 27 content-rich, standards-based lesson plans for using InspireData across the curriculum. These hands-on lessons can be used with students working individually or in teams.
Single copies of the lesson plan books are $39.95. School-wide licenses, available in an easy-to-share, electronic format, are $199. Sample pages from the books can be downloaded at http://www.inspiration.com/newbooks.
A free 30-day trial of InspireData can be downloaded at http://www.inspiration.com/freetrial. For more information, call 800-877-4292 or visit http://www.inspiration.com/order to find a local education dealer.
About Inspiration Software, Inc.
Recognized as the leader in visual thinking and learning, Inspiration Software, Inc.'s award-winning software tools, Inspiration®, Kidspiration® and InspireData, are based on proven visual learning methodologies that help students think, learn and achieve. With the powerful combination of visual learning and technology, students in grades K-12 learn to clarify thoughts, organize and analyze information, integrate new knowledge and think critically. Founded 25 years ago by Donald Helfgott and Mona Westhaver, the company's visual learning software tools are used today by more than 25 million students and teachers worldwide.