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This program allows students or teachers to create games by inputting questions and answers, importing graphics — even importing voice — and then letting the software create the ever-popular memory square game with content of the user's own choice: ESL language learning, math, science, social studies and more. It’s an “amazingly simple interface that allows text, picture and sound customization of the classic memory game in minutes,” Billie Pagliolo, president of Windmill Works, told TDmonthly. Launch date: October 1, 2007.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 16077 (added 11/9/2007)
This program helps students learn about well-known African American authors and founders of organizations, significant court decisions and more. It features “a game format that reinforces classroom presentation of significant facts in Black American History,” Billie Pagliolo, president of Windmill Works, told TDmonthly. Launch date: February 9, 2002.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 16076 (added 11/9/2007)
With 15 lessons, this software offers study of basic multiplication facts through such games as Match-mate, Paired-Squares, Pop Quiz and Spinmesiter. “It’s a drill, but doesn't seem like it,” Billie Pagliolo, president of Windmill Works, told TDmonthly. Launch date: March 12, 2001.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 16075 (added 11/9/2007)
This software covers Presidents George Washington through George W. Bush through 15 categories, including First Ladies, Out in Space and Little Known Facts, and games that help educate. “Different than ‘fill in the blank’ trivia games, this program provides the ability to interact with important presidential facts along with fun information in four separate games, according to preference,” President Billie Pagliolo of Windmill Works told TDmonthly. Launch date: August 8, 2004.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 16074 (added 11/9/2007)
Featuring 15 categories, this program gives students a chance to play four different games and learn about history, politics and even Irish musical artists. “Windmill Works' software provides teacher-designed learning through common, well-loved computer games that focus on uncommon content and topics with a unique twist,” Billie Pagliolo, president of Windmill Works, told TDmonthly. Launch date: March 9, 2005.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 16073 (added 11/9/2007)
Touching on subjects of language arts, math, science, art and more, this program allows students or teachers to create games by inputting eight questions and answers, importing graphics, and then letting the software do the rest. President Billie Pagliolo of Windmill Works told TDmonthly is provides “the ability to customize classic computer games to content relevant to every classroom topic and specific to a student or students' IEP or individual needs.”
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 16072 (added 11/9/2007)
This Halloween-themed software is designed to enhance vocabulary and word recognition skills, especially benefiting deaf students or those learning English as a second language. It includes four games and a colorful photo gallery. There’s a “total focus on motivating vocabulary centered around Halloween, but with language structures that transfer to total language development needs,” Billie Pagliolo, president of Windmill Works, told TDmonthly. Launch date: September 7, 1998; updated: February 17, 2007.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 16071 (added 11/9/2007)
Older deaf and hard-of-hearing students can especially benefit from this program designed to reinforce word recognition and build vocabulary. It “provides reinforcement of written vocabulary specific to the interests and needs of deaf children,” President Billie Pagliolo of Windmill Works told TDmonthly. Launch date: May 4, 2003.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 16070 (added 11/9/2007)
Created especially for deaf or hearing-impaired students, this volume of matching games helps develop vocabulary, word recognition, word structure and sentence structure. The product “contains language structures specific to the needs of non-auditory students or English as a Second Language students,” President Billie Pagliolo of Windmill Works told TDmonthly. Launch date: original release: August 19, 1999; updated March 6, 2000.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 16069 (added 11/9/2007)
This software features three learning levels, each reinforcing reading skills through non-phonetic, visual games. Johnny Rock recognizes that not all children read phonetically, and thus is specially designed to motivate all children of all learning styles, including those who suffer from hearing disabilities. “Children might know the sign for ornament and elf and chimney, but not the printed word,” Windmill Works President Billie Pagliolo told TDmonthly. “This software…provide[s] continued exposure to items so that children connect the word to the object and match the scene portrayed to the correct syntactic structure.” Launch date: March 2007.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 14216 (added 7/20/2007)
This unique computer solitaire program for PCs has no numbers, and the order of United States presidents is the order of the game. Players put the "Carter of Hearts" on the "Ford of Spades" in this challenging, educational program. A help card is included. Four volumes include all 43 presidents. Launch date: January 2007.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 11873 (added 3/8/2007)
This software is designed for the deaf and hard-of-hearing. Each volume teaches a different language skill, utilizing matching games and pop quizzes. Mainstream students can use the program also. Windmill Works specializes in software for the hearing impaired and offers other mainstream products such as trivia, e-books and a card game. President Billie Pagliolo holds a degree in deaf education and her husband, Michael Olmon, is a software engineer. Because existing programs weren’t always appropriate for Pagliolo’s special-needs students, she used her knowledge of syntactical structures to help them learn specific linguistic rules. “There isn’t a lot out there for deaf and hard-of-hearing students,” Pagliolo explained to TDmonthly.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 8715 (added 7/25/2006)
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