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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review August 12, 2005 / 7 Av, 5765

Student ahead of the curve

By Mark Kellner

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Microsoft Student 2006, a $99 list program geared to middle school and high school students, will make those who felt smug with their Encyclopedia Britannica sets at home positively green with envy.

Not only does the program contain a "premium" version of the Microsoft Encarta encyclopedia, which can easily give Britannica a run for the money, there's plenty more to make even an indifferent student sit up and take notice. This is one cool program.

There is one big catch upfront, however: You need to have a copy of Microsoft Office 2003 or OfficeXP installed on your PC to run the Student add-on. Fortunately, Microsoft sells a "student/teacher" version of Office 2003 for $149 list; retailers such as Amazon.com offer it for $109, adding the Student program for $60 more. So, for as little as $169 at an online store, you can get a student ready for a whole school year.

If all that math confuses you, it won't after a little time with Student. There are several mathematical tools, including online help for math as well as an amazing graphing calculator, one that is a far cry from the grainy black-and-white models of a few years ago. This one can create a 3-D parametric surface — let's say Homer Simpson would easily recognize one — in the blink of an eye. Math problems can be entered in the way textbooks display them; there's no need to learn a new system of entry, again something found with those old hand-held calculators. You can save the results of these calculations to share or use them in group work with classmates.

Student also teams up with Microsoft's Excel spreadsheet program to let students create math and science projects. Bar graphs never looked so good. Another Microsoft program, PowerPoint, gets a boost from Student as well. There are templates and guidelines for great presentations.

There are tips for organizing such displays, as well as on how to present them. Although this could give rise to fears that a new generation of slide jockeys is being created under our noses, it also suggests that new users of PowerPoint will get off on the right foot.

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On the verbal side, footnoting and formatting term papers and the like is a breeze with the program's Microsoft Word add-ins. This could be one of the most valuable aspects of the program, because getting this stuff right can be a pain. The addition of online resources such as a one-year subscription to the MSN version of Encarta, providing updated information along with the digital disc version of the encyclopedia means students can find facts easily and from a trusted source.

There are also a bunch of book summaries, useful for checking your understanding of Dickens against an authority's.

So why buy this software when so much information is available online, let alone when Mom and Dad had to slog through foot-high snowdrifts just to use the manual typewriter in the school lab? The authoritativeness of Microsoft's content is one thing. The integration with Microsoft Office is another: I was impressed by the ease of use, as well as the power of the Student tools.

If I were attending Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, instead of now driving by it every morning, I'd want this program on my PC. More information can be found online at www.microsoft.com/student/default.mspx.

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JWR contributor Mark Kellner has reported on technology for industry newspapers and magazines since 1983, and has been the computer columnist for The Washington Times since 1991.Comment by clicking here.

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