Sunday, March 16, 2003

Visual Thought v1.4 [6.8M] W9x/2k/XP FREE

{Diagramming and flowcharting} I live and breathe boxes and arrows in my office job as a process analyst in a software development shop. Unlike the software I use at the office and at home, this one is free. Before running the program, enter the License Key by clicking the Admin icon from the Visual Thought program group on the Windows Start Menu and the Admin dialog box appears. Enter the License Key into the dialog box and click OK. The license key is available on the download page. It's good for 14 years... so what happens after 14 years? Then again, 14 years is ancient in computer software years, and something better will come along. The purpose of Visual Thought is to visually communicate relationships between things. The tutorial guides you through your first drawing. Unfortunately, there are no tooltips on the main toolbar, and you'll need to dig through the tutorial to find out what each represents. Based on my experience with previous flow programs, I could figure out a few things without needing help. Drawing the connecting lines took work. It's rough around the edges, but it's free and it offers a lot for the money. Small businesses and students will probably appreciate the software most. Don't count on tech support, though, since all the e-mails I've sent to them have bounced. Part of the problem may be that the company that created the software has been bought out.
Source: Lockergnome Windows Daily, 3/16/03

Friday, March 14, 2003

A forthcoming National Science Foundation review, "Effects of Using Instructional Technology in Elementary and Secondary Schools: What Controlled Evaluation Studies Say," found that most valuation studies reported significant positive effects of instructional technology on mathematics and science learning, but not all technological approaches appeared to be equally effective.
Source: National Science Foundation