Title: The Complete National Geogaphic 109 Years
Overall Rating: A
Source: National Geographic
Playing Time: n/a
Software Release Date: 2000
Cost: $ 164.99-175.00  http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0000296YH/o/qid=953842852/sr=2-1/103-7768496-1920624
Operating System: Windows 95, Windows 98
Number of Players: n/a
Special Equipment/Facilities Needed: DVD-ROM Pentium/120 MHz or better (Windows-compliant sound devise)
Subject Area: I would reccomend ages 8 and up.
Objectives:To help students gain knowledge from around the world with the help of National Geographic
Brief Description: This software contains all the National Geographic Magazines and compiles them all on CD Rom to make a very interesting tool of knowledge. Complete with sound, terrific graphics, atlases, interactive learning, and even all the advertisements along the way!
Entry Capabilities Required: Basic reading and basic computer skills

Rating: (1-5)

Relevance to objectives: 5 This software is great because it contains 4 CD's that are really user friendly. A search engine will direct you to anything you are trying to find. There are also over 180,000 photos and illustrations
Provides practice of relevant skills: n/a
Likely to arouse/maintain interest: This captivated my attention for the whole time I had to review it, it is great for elementary school, high school, college level, and even for older folks to use! 5
Likely to be comprehended clearly: Every step is clearly marked, and every page has a click on button for help should you need it. 4
Technical quality (durable, attractive): The package contains 4 CD Roms that are highly durable, and that are certainly attractive 5
Game: Winning dependent on player actions (rather than chance): n/a
Simulation: Validity of game model (realistic, accurate depiction): n/a
Evidence of effectiveness (e.g. field-test results): 5 This was a great piece of software to incorporate into a classroom setting if you would rather your students are not game playing, but have fun in an educational setting.
Clear directions for play: Directions are clearly worded in an handbook that accompanies the software. 5
Effectiveness of debriefing: 4 After using the software, you will be surprised at how much you will learn!
Strong Points: The best points about the software are the articles. You can go all the way back to the first article written in 1888, or you can see what happened in 1988 under the Communist rule in the USSR. The possibilities are virtually endless.
Weak Points: The weak point that I found was that searching was a little slow. With 4 disks, you may have to keep switching CD's for evey search you are making. which is a little time consuming.
Reviewer: Jonathan C. Veley
Position: Student in 410
Date Reviewed: 2/14/00
Computer System Reviewed on: Macintosh G3 233, 64mb ram.