New Kid on the Block
Overall Rating: B
Playing Time: Aprox.
60 for all poems and some reviews.
Cost: $ 28.95
Number of Players:
Needed: CD Rom
Objectives: To assist
children in recognizing words by highlighting them and saying them out
A game where children can be read to or they can choose what lines to be
read and illustrated by the narrator.
Some reading of basic words required for understanding.
Relevance to objectives:
4 (Follows a very predictable path.)
Provides practice of relevant
skills: 5 (The children can follow along with the story or choose
what they want to read.)
Likely to arouse/maintain
interest: 3 (May be fun for lower grades but would not hold interest
for students above grade three.
Likely to be comprehended
clearly: 5 (Easy to understand and follow.)
Technical quality (durable,
attractive): 5 (Very good graphics and cute animation.)
dependent on player actions (rather than chance): 5 ( No winning
of game model (realistic, accurate depiction): 4 ( Accurate depiction
of the poems-not really realistic though. That may be because of the silly
nature of the poems.)
Evidence of effectiveness
(e.g. field-test results): 4
Clear directions for play:
5 (No installation necessary, directions are very easy to follow.)
Strong Points: Cute
animation, very interactive and age appropriate.
Weak Points: The program
has some sample books on the software but they are incomplete.
Computer System Reviewed
Macintosh PowerPC 6500/250, 32mb ram.