Title: The Rainforest
Playing Time: About 1 hour
Cost: $ 59.95 http://volvo.gslis.u
Number of Players: 1 or 2
Special Equipment/Facilities Needed: CD-ROM
Subject Area: Science
Objectives: To introduce students to the
rainforest and its inhabitants, to discuss issues involving rainforests,
and to test their knowledge.
Brief Description: This program is divided
into five sections: Introduction, Ecology, Maps, Debates, and Peoples.
There is also information on the insects, fish, reptiles and amphibians,
birds, mammals, and plants of the rainforest.
Entry Capabilities Required: Recommended
for grade 6 and up.
Relevance to objectives: 4
This program does successfully introduce one to the rainforest, but it
does not go in to any great depth.
The sound and graphics are excellent. The lessons are very
There is a comprehensive index to search for a specific topic.
Provides practice of relevant skills:
4 There is a quiz at the end of each section, and it is difficult
enough that one could not do well if they didn't watch the section.
Likely to arouse/maintain interest:
The graphics and sound are excellent. There are fully animated video
clips, still photos, and real sounds of the rainforest.
Likely to be comprehended clearly:
This is a very straightforward lesson.
Technical quality (durable, attractive):
5 The CD-ROM format ensures durability, and the quality of
the graphics and sound are very well done.
Game: Winning dependent on player actions (rather
than chance): 3 There is no
element to the testing after each section. The student is merely
given a grade.
Simulation: Validity of game model (realistic,
accurate depiction): 4 The program
is very realistic. It features actual video and photographic footage
of rainforest inhabitants.
Evidence of effectiveness (e.g. field-test
Clear directions for play: There is no
game to play, however, the program is extremely simple to navigate
There are large icons and familiar symbols.
Effectiveness of debriefing:
4 There are short quizzes after
each section that serve to evaluate how well the lesson was
This program is interactive only insofar as the fact that the student can
decide what to watch, and then answers some multiple choice questions.
There is no competition or game play.
Reviewer: Eric Sandvig
Date: 8 Feb 99
Computer System Reviewed on: Macintosh
PowerPC 6500/250, 32mb ram.