Title: Small Blue Planet
Source: Now What Software
Playing Time: Varies. Not a game.
Cost: $ 32.00 http://18.104.22.168/new_p
Number of Players: One
Special Equipment/Facilities Needed: CD-ROM
Drive, 256 color monitor
Subject Area: Geography
Objectives: Learn about the earth
Brief Description: This CD-ROM is a graphical
atlas and reference. The student can examine various aspects of world
geography, including relief maps, political maps, and the chronosphere.
Entry Capabilities Required: Mouse skills
Relevance to objectives: 4
This software is very informative, but it does not go into great detail
on any certain subject.
This software is visually attractive and it seems to be very accurate.
It is easy to use and would make an excellent reference if a student merely
wanted to look something up.
Provides practice of relevant skills:
3 There isn't much to practice. The student merely points
and clicks their way through the atlas.
Likely to arouse/maintain interest:
There isn't much chance that a student will want to spend much time viewing
this software unless assigned to do so. After a few minutes, they
will have seen all the neat pictures and will become bored.
Likely to be comprehended clearly:
The narratives and information boxes are very straight forward.
Technical quality (durable, attractive):
5 There are some very attractive images and the CD-ROM format
Game: Winning dependent on player actions (rather
than chance): Not applicable
- not a game
Simulation: Validity of game model (realistic,
accurate depiction): Not applicable
- not a game
Evidence of effectiveness (e.g. field-test
3 There is no evidence given. I suspect that this would
only have average effectiveness in the classroom. It is beautiful
Clear directions for play: 4
It was not difficult to figure out how to navigate. The icons were
Effectiveness of debriefing:
Not applicable - there was no debriefing.
There is not much to hold a students interest. There is not much
detail given, either.
Reviewer: Eric Sandvig
Date: 9 Feb 1999
Computer System Reviewed on: Macintosh
PowerPC 6500/250, 32mb ram.