Playing Time: 1 hour
Cost: $19.95 http://www.parsonstech.com/software/arthurtt.html
Number of Players: not limited
Special Equipment/Facilities Needed: just
Subject Area: Elementary Reading
Objectives: This program is to help with
theme study. Reading and language arts, science, social studies,
mathematics, and spelling
Brief Description: an audio/visual book
with limited activities
Entry Capabilities Required: students
need to know how to use a mouse on the computer
Relevance to objectives: 3 other than
reading the book the teacher needs to pull out other objectives.
very good for young readers or for learning to read
Provides practice of relevant skills:
4 practice reading/listening and manipulating mouse
Likely to arouse/maintain interest: 4
students like action when you click and something moves it is interesting
to watch, though in this program I do not think it is always appropriate.
Likely to be comprehended clearly: 3 comprehension
of book and theme of book good. Comprehension of clicking activity
not clear ( what is the purpose--some are understandable there is confusion
at least on my part to why they are there other than to keep child's attention
Technical quality (durable, attractive):
4 Attractive with lots of color.
Game: Winning dependent on player actions (rather
than chance): n/a not really
Simulation: Validity of game model (realistic,
accurate depiction): 2 some actions
that take place when clicking are, some are not
Evidence of effectiveness (e.g. field-test results):
n/a could not find any listed but I have heard that children love to play
Clear directions for play: 4 Yes, click
on PLAY ME
Effectiveness of debriefing:
3 no real end-just goes back to options when book is done.
There is no interaction between computer and child other than clicking
on something and have it come to life. Not a good learning experience.
Many were not valid learning tools. Some were but when a computer
burps at you I see no educational value.
Reviewer: Kimberly LaDue
Date: September 29, 1998
Computer System Reviewed on: Macintosh
PowerPC 6500/250, 32mb ram.