Title: Multimedia Audubon's Mammals
F. I would not recommend this CD-ROM to a teacher. The instruction
booklet contains no information on anything more than loading the CD.
The graphics and sounds are of poor quality and it is not very interactive.
It was probably good seven years ago, but it is very outdated by today's
Source: CMC ReSearch, Inc.
Playing Time: Dependant on how many animals
you would like to find out about, usually 20 minutes per animal.
Cost: $ 8.95 for 1997 -98 updated version.
Can be purchased at http://www.CDAccess.com
Number of Players:
One student at a time
Special Equipment/Facilities Needed:
PC requires DOS 3.1 or later, MS-CDEX 2.0 or later, 640k RAM. Color
monitor, CD-ROM drive with audio output. Macintosh requires
System Software 6.0.5 or greater, 2Mb RAM, Color display requires 8-bit
color, 32-bit QuickDraw and color monitor. CD-ROM with audio ooutput, CD-ROM
extensions, ISO 9660 File Access, and Foreighn File Access required.
Subject Area: 6-8th Grade Life Science
Objectives: To serve as a resouce
on finding information on the different characteristics of different animals.
Brief Description: Basically an
encyclopedia on CD-ROM. It contains pictures of animals and includes
voices of some of the animals. To go along with the picture, it contains
a brief, usually a few pages, description of each animal.
Entry Capabilities Required: Basic
typing a plus, not much more.
Relevance to objectives: 5.
provides good info, relevant to animals
CD-ROM has some good information in the text and is well written for a
6-8th grade level. Some of the sounds are realistic.
Provides practice of relevant skills:
2. There is a game that I imagine would provide some practice, but
I could not get it to run.
Likely to arouse/maintain interest:
2. Initially it is attractive, but it fades quickly. Some of
the animals have sound bites, but most don't. Also, some of the pictures
are just drawings with not a lot of detail.
Likely to be comprehended clearly:
3. Comprehension is not difficult, but
Technical quality (durable, attractive):
1. This software is completely outdated, the pictures and sounds
are off poor quality and I had problems loading it.
Game: Winning dependent on player actions (rather
than chance): 1. The disc says
there is a small game, but I couldn't figure out how to load it, and there
were no instructions.
Simulation: Validity of game model (realistic,
accurate depiction): 1.
Evidence of effectiveness (e.g. field-test results):
Clear directions for play: 1.
Effectiveness of debriefing:
It was difficult to initially load the CD. Once loaded, navigation
through the software was not easy and I never got the small game to load.
Graphics were poor and sound quality was fair. It was not interactive
and I got bored quickly.
Reviewer: Stephen Colon
Position: Graduate Student-Potsdam
State College, NY
Date: March 18, 1999
Computer System Reviewed on: Power
Macintosh G3 233 with 64MB RAM.