Title: Seven Days In August
Source: Time/Warner New Media
Playing Time: 2-3 hour
Cost: $ 79.95
Number of Players: one or the entire class
Special Equipment/Facilities Needed: computer
Subject Area: US History
Objectives: to teach about the cold war
Brief Description: Seven Days in August
is an interactive chronicle of the Berlin Wall Crisis of 1961. The
Program is presented in Eight segments, with nearly three hours of photo
montage, music and narration.
Entry Capabilities Required: Knowledge
of the situation.
Relevance to objectives: 4 although it's
a little dry in the presentation it accomplishes the objective.
the accuracy of the facts stated in the documentary.
Provides practice of relevant skills:
2 it only provides information to learn. It doesn't teach any skill.
Likely to arouse/maintain interest: 1
this program has a very dry content and may not keep the students attention.
Likely to be comprehended clearly: 3 the
students will be able to comprehend this if it is taught at a 11th or 12th
Technical quality (durable, attractive):
3 the pictures can be a little hard to see and the audio is sometimes choppy.
Game: Winning dependent on player actions (rather
than chance): 1 there is no winning
in this game. it's more like a film strip than a game.
Simulation: Validity of game model (realistic,
accurate depiction): 5 it is
very accurate in telling what was happening at that period of time.
Evidence of effectiveness (e.g. field-test
Clear directions for play: 4 it's pretty
simple...point and click.
Effectiveness of debriefing:
4-5 dependent on the students intrest.
The content is dry, it won't hold the attention of students very long.
Reviewer: Jay Patnode
Computer System Reviewed on: Macintosh
PowerPC 6500/250, 32mb ram.