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Days in August
Overall Rating: A
Source: Time Warner Interactive
Playing Time: Unlimited, I played for two hours.
Number of Players: 1
Special Equipment/Facilities Needed: 13 inch 256 color monitor, 4MB Ram, CD-Rom Drive, Mac System 6.0.7 or later
Subject Area: Social Studies
Objectives: Independent learning on the Building od the Berlin Wall, and the process of the Cold War.
Brief Description: Displays a table of information that the students controls. Every block linkes to some aspect of the Cold War with discussion forums, political speeches, common opinion, and current events of the time frame.
Entry Capabilities Required: None, although the format would be more effective on older secondary students because of the complex format of the disussion.
to objectives: 5 ( very effective in self
Provides practice of relevant skills: 5 ( to understand History you must follow discussions )
Likely to arouse/maintain interest: 4 ( may be more effective for older students)
Likely to be comprehended clearly: 3 ( more advanced students will comrehend )
Technical quality (durable, attractive): 5 ( gives you the feeling of the 1960's )
Game: Winning dependent on player actions (rather than
chance): 1 (not a game although does supply a baseball type game that does not work very well )
Simulation: Validity of game model (realistic, accurate
depiction): 5 ( the footage is taken for the time so it appears to be a realist image of the 1960's )
Evidence of effectiveness (e.g. field-test results): None taken
Clear directions for play: 5 ( very effective direction that takes you through the entire software)
Effectiveness of debriefing: 1 ( no debriefing )
Strong Points: The
Guidemape displays all areas that the software covers so is an effective
tool to students. Clear directions give you the simple format for using
the software. Gives a good represtation of the events leading up the building
of the Berlin Wall. A very interesting piece of software.
Weak Points: The baseball game tends to lock up and in not very interesting.
Reviewer: Steven Brouse
Date: Sept. 21, 1998
Computer System Reviewed on: Macintosh PowerPC 6500/250, 32mb