Symbols and Equations
Playing Time: Self Paced Study Helps (30-40
minutes at a sitting time). Although student can quit at any time
the student cannot complete the lesson without inputting the correct answers.
Software Release Date: 6 February 2000
Cost: $25.00 http://www.digibuy.com/cgi-bin/order.html?300556+93341345172
Number of Players: At least one, could
Special Equipment/Facilities Needed: None
Subject Area: Science/Chemistry
Objectives: Tutorial that reinforces general
Brief Description: Reinforces previously
covered chemistry lessons.
Entry Capabilities Required: Secondary
Relevance to objectives: 5-Since it is
a self paced tutorial program, the student may proceed the review lessons
as quickly or as slowly as desired. Each question is compiled based
upon previously learned material and the student cannot proceed until successfully
answering the questions.
Strong Points: Self
paced program that allows the student to proceed as quickly as possible
without bypassing the necessary information that the student needs to fully
grasp the subject matter. The student cannot proceed to the next
lesson until mastering the previous.
Provides practice of relevant skills:
5-Absolutely provides repetitive (drilling) of chemistry periodic table
which is a prerequisite to further learning.
Likely to arouse/maintain interest: 4-Only
if student is interested in the subject.
Likely to be comprehended clearly: 5-Yes
since each question is a precept to the following.
Technical quality (durable, attractive): 5-A
very well organized, both with factual information, and style/artistic
quality of presentation.
Game: Winning dependent on player actions (rather
than chance): 3-This is not programmed to
be a game, but the lessons do reinforce the student by encouraging correct
Simulation: Validity of game model (realistic,
accurate depiction): 3-The simulation is relevant
to scientific equations.
Evidence of effectiveness (e.g. field-test results):
Received top rating from ZDNet
Clear directions for play: 5-Very simple
directions. If student is not answering correctly, the moderator
instructs the student to go back and review.
Effectiveness of debriefing: 5-Encourages
the student when lessons are successfully completed and since the program
is based upon previous precepts learning various science subjects should
Weak Points: Subject
matter is undeniably boring, but not for students who enjoy science.
Reviewer: Lucy Davie
Position: Student/EDUC 410
Date: 21 February 2000
Computer System Reviewed on: Macintosh
G3 233, 64mb ram.