Title: Mammals
Overall Rating: C
Source: Satterlee Lab Software file
Playing Time: Unlimited
Date: 2/8/99

Cost: $ See www.nationalgeographic.com/cdrom


Number of Players: 1
Special Equipment/Facilities Needed: CD ROM drive
Subject Area: Zoology
Objectives: To introduce students mammals, taxonomy, and ecology.
Brief Description: This software provides students with a list of mammals, their particular order, some wildlife clips, and facts about each
mammal.
Entry Capabilities Required: Reading, Computer experience

Rating: (1-5)

       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
skills.
       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
Position: Student
Date: 2/8/99
Computer System Reviewed on: Macintosh PowerPC 6500/250, 32mb ram.