Cost: $ See www.nationalgeographic.com/cdrom
Relevance to objectives: (4) This
program is specific for finding mammals, and their habitats.
Provides practice of relevant skills: (3) I don't feel that it involves enough searching skills, but it is pretty easy to use.
Likely to arouse/maintain interest: (2) The short TV clips are not very exciting, and would bore most secondary students.
Likely to be comprehended clearly: (4) The wording is easy to understand, and not to technical.
Technical quality (durable, attractive):
Game: Winning dependent on player actions (rather than chance): (5) The game depends totally on the players reading and comprehension
Simulation: Validity of game model (realistic, accurate depiction): (5) The game is very realistic, and also incorporates geography.
Evidence of effectiveness (e.g. field-test results):
Clear directions for play: (5) The game has junior, senior, and expert levels, and is easy to follow.
Effectiveness of debriefing:
Strong Points: I think this game would be a good supplement to library
and other searches. Younger students would find it helpful to learn
what is necessary to include in a paper about mammals, and then add on that knowledge.
Weak Points: Not enough text and facts are given to use it on its own. Mammals game would only be useful for younger students.
Reviewer: Sara Ritter
Computer System Reviewed on: Macintosh PowerPC 6500/250, 32mb ram.