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Student Pocket Pak

Student Pocket Pak

Fall 2003 Software
Ages: 9 & Up
Publisher: Handmark, Inc.
Price: $29.99
Platform: Handheld: Pocket PC
Look, the fact is there's nothing fancy about this combo school resource package that can organize any student who's willing to be organized. Most if not all of the programs included have been published elsewhere in other handheld student-software packages or on their own. But that doesn't argue against it's usefulness or the great price you get buying them packaged this way--supposedly saving you more than $100 over the total original retail price of all the programs.

What's included? The MobileDB database that enables students to create and organize must-have and to-do lists, the student class work tracking program 4.0Student, the Oxford English Dictionary (yup, all of it!), a calculator, and about four dozen other reference tools somehow packed into that palm-sized PC. Want to replay a Power Point presentation? Try it on Pocket Slide Show! Maybe skim "Silas Marner" before the test? It's in there along with 19 other electronic novels. There are also recipes, know-it-all fact and trivia programs, almanacs and maps. And when school work is done, or before, there's Scrabble and Monoploy. It's a great bundle of study aids.

Don Oldenburg   ©2003 Parents' Choice
A former feature writer and consumer columnist at The Washington Post for 22 years, Don Oldenburg is the Director of Publications and Editor of the National Italian American Foundation, in Washington, D.C. He regularly reviews books for USA Today and is the coauthor of "The Washington DC-Baltimore Dog Lovers Companion" (Avalon Travel). The proud father of three sons, he lives with his journalist-author wife, Ann Oldenburg, in McLean, VA.

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