Title: Mario Teaches Typing
Overall Rating: A
Source: Creative Wonders
Playing Time: One Hour
Date: 1995
Cost: $  34.99 http://www.smartkidssoftware.com/0M.htm

Number of Players: one
Special  Equipment/Facilities Needed: CD Rom
Subject  Area:Typing/Keyboarding 
Objectives: Teaching and reinforcing keyboarding  skills
Brief Description: Mario  characters guide player through keyboarding skills
Entry Capabilities Required: Knowledge of proper hand  placement

Rating: (1-5)

Relevance to objectives:5
Provides practice of relevant skills: 5, in a fun  format
Likely to arouse/maintain  interest:4 Most, but not all students are familiar with the Mario format.  Game is fun.
Likely to be comprehended clearly: 5 Very easy
Technical quality (durable, attractive): 5  Colorful, fun music, interesting scenery
Game: Winning dependent on player actions (rather than chance):  5
Simulation: Validity of game model (realistic, accurate depiction):  5, player uses typing skills to move through game 
Evidence of effectiveness (e.g. field-test results): 5+ My kids loved it!
Clear directions for play: 5 Choice of beginning  through advanced, with help screens.
Effectiveness of debriefing:4 Not sure if young users would understand

Strong Points:Lots of fun, any skill level can play, easy to use.
Weak Points: Teacher may have to check for proper hand position, not hunt and peck.
Reviewer: Sue Stone
Position: Student
Date: 6/14/98
Computer System Reviewed on: Macintosh PowerPC 6500/250, 32mb ram.

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