Title: Just Grandma and Me
Source: Random House/Broderbound Company
Playing Time: Approximately 10 minutes
(It varies on if you just want to listen to the story or if you want to
click on the various objects with the mouse and have them do things.)
Date: Copyright 1993 Reviewed 9/16/98
Cost: $ 26.95
Number of Players: One
Special Equipment/Facilities Needed: CD
Rom Drive This program may be run on either a Macintosh or a computer
with a Windows system. Also, there is a need for a computer to have
at least 2500K of memory, if using a Macintosh.
Subject Area: Spanish, English, or
helps to teach individuals how to learn any of these three languages.
Objectives: To learn the
that is involved in the story and to learn the pronunciation of the various
words. Also, to have fun with the target language!! (Designed
for ages 3-7.)
Brief Description: This game
is known as a living book. This means that as the story is being
read to the listener, the characters in the story come to life. It
has the ability to make the story much more interactive than it would be
if a person were just reading it to you. Also, when the introduction
of a given page is finished, the listener can click on different objects
and make them come to life as well.
Entry Capabilities Required: The user
must know how to use a mouse in order to operate this program.
Relevance to objectives: 5 This program
is designed to aide in the teaching of Spanish, English or japanese.
I feel that it accomplishes this goal relatively easy, whil sticking to
it's objectives. Also, the student has fun while they are learning.
It is very entertaining and should be able to keep the interest of the
Provides practice of relevant skills:
3 I only rated this a three because there really isn't all that much
practice involved here. The student may be able to practice their
pronunciation, but there isn't a requirement of any form of practice.
Likely to arouse/maintain interest: 4
This received a four because it would depend on the students age and ability
level as to whether or not they would be able to remain interested.
The younger and less skilled the student is, the more likely they are to
maintain interest in this program.
Likely to be comprehended clearly: 5
Since the program reads the story and has pictures taht go along with it,
the student should not have any problems being able to understand what
is going on in the story.
Technical quality (durable, attractive):
5 I feel that for any age level, the technical quality is
It is very attractive because it flows smoothly and is composed of bright
colors. Also, the voices flow well with the movement of the characters.
Game: Winning dependent on player actions (rather
than chance): There is no winning
involved in this game, so a rating would not apply here. It is simply
a game for personal enjoyment. There is no scoring or competition
Simulation: Validity of game model (realistic,
accurate depiction): 5 This is based
on fictional characters and does not require too much realism. However,
there is a great deal of realism to the Spanish language involved.
The grammar is accurate and so is the pronunciation.
Evidence of effectiveness (e.g. field-test
1 I was unable to locate any field test results for this program.
Clear directions for play:
5 The directions for play are made very clear in both the User's
Manual and in the introduction of the game.
Effectiveness of debriefing:
There really isn't a form of debriefing involved
in this game. Once the story has finished, the main character comes
on and asks if you would like to quit or continue. There are no tests,
etc., to see if the student has learned anything or not.
It is in need of a better way to actually see if the student has learned
anything from listening to the story. Also, it could use to have
more than one story available to the user.
Reviewer: Dawn Cross
Computer System Reviewed on: Macintosh
PowerPC 6500/250, 32mb ram.