Title: Just Gramdma and Me
Playing Time: 15 mimutes ( if you only
want the story read to you)
Date: 17 September 1998
Number of Players:
Special Equipment/Facilities Needed:
Subject Area: S
Objectives: 1. Students will be able to
recognize the words of different items in Spanish.
2. Students will be able to translate the story into Spanish or English
(depending on which version they have at
3. Studens will have an idea of what the different words sound
like thereby giving them an example on how they
should be pronounced.
Brief Description: This story is
about a little boy and his grandmother's trip to the beach. It takes
you from the front door, to the bus ride and the time spent at the
beach. It gives specific events which occur on their outing and one
gets to see the great graphics. At the end, one gets to see the two
on their bus ride home. This is a very cute story. One which
will keep the interest of most students, no matter what the age level.
Entry Capabilities Required: 1.
One must know how to read on a 2nd or 3rd grade reading level.
2. One must have a basic knowledge of the Spanish language.
3. One must have a computer with CD Rom capabilities with speakers.
Relevance to objectives: 4 (Because I
would make my own objectives this tool is very relevant.
Some strong points are that one can switch from Spanish to English anytime
in the program. The Play With Me part allows one to have the story
read at your own pace, one where you turn the pages by clicking on the
mouse. The narrator reads at a very good pace. The beginner
can read along because the words are highlighted as they are read.
The story itself is very amusing and the sound effects enhance the graphics.
Provides practice of relevant skills:
4 (very relevant for listening and reading skills).
Likely to arouse/maintain interest: 5
(the music and graphics are great, will keep students attention)
Likely to be comprehended clearly:4
(Words are highlighted as the story is being read)
Technical quality (durable, attractive):
4 (very attractive, pictures are wonderful)
Game: Winning dependent on player actions (rather
than chance): n/a
Simulation: Validity of game model (realistic,
accurate depiction): n/a
Evidence of effectiveness (e.g. field-test
No field grade results of this text being used in a Secondary Spanish
Clear directions for play: 4 (The directions
for us are right on the screen for the students use).
Effectiveness of debriefing:
Does not allow for feedback because it wasn't designed for that
I really didn't find any weak points because this book wasn't designed
for a Secondary Spanish class. Maybe in the interactive portion of
the program, there could be a part where on could click on anything in
the picture and get an oral reaponse as to what it is, but like I stated
earlier , this wasn't made for use in a Spanish class.
Reviewer: Sonja A. Williams
Position: Undergraduate student at SUNY
Date: 17 September 1998
Computer System Reviewed on: Macintosh
PowerPC 6500/250, 32mb ram.