Technology & Learning

Articles from Vol. 12, No. 6, March

Bank Street Writer for the Macintosh
Hardware: Macintosh (1 Mb) with System 6.0.2 or better (System 7 compatible); hard drive recommended; supports Macintosh and third-party sound input capabilities. Emphasis: Word processing. Grade level: 3 and up. Publisher: Scholastic Software, PO...
BioSci II
The well-known BioSci videodisc of 5,000 stills was updated fairly recently to BioSci II with the addition of 2,300 stills plus narrated movie sequences, computer graphics, and 3-D animation. The disc is a wonderful repository of visuals for use in...
Castle of Dr. Brain
Hardware: MS-DOS computer (640 286 or better microprocessor) with a hard disk. Two versions available: VGA and EGA/Tandy. Supports most popular sound boards. Emphasis: Interdisciplinary, problem-solving. Grade level: 6 and up. Publisher: Sierra On-Line,...
ErgoMotion, from Houghton Mifflin
ErgoMotion is part of the new Houghton Mifflin Science Vision interactive videodisc series for middle school students. The program does a wonderful job of involving kids in its activities and of integrating video footage and audio effects with computer...
Exploring Our Solar System. (Documentary-Based Programs)_ (Software Review) (One of Ten Evaluations of Multimedia Science Programs in 'Multimedia Science Programs: Moving Science Education beyond the Textbook') (Evaluation)
AIMS Media's Exploring Our Solar System videodisc, which targets grades three and up, offers a film documentary introduction to the sun, planets, and asteroids, the astronomical forces that act among them, theories on the solar system's origins, and...
IBM Raises the Bar with 2 New Machines
IBM has spent the past several months readying for market several new products designed to capture the attention of elementary and secondary schools. Here's a first look at these new products. The School Community Gets Its Own 386 Machine ...
Interactive Nova: The Miracle of Life
The second in Scholastic's interactive Nova series, The Miracle of life was built around the Nova television show of the same name. The videodisc package is an extensive and remarkably complete multimedia exploration of human reproduction suitable...
Investigating Science: Treasures from the Deep
In September 1857, the S.S. Central America sank off the coast of the Carolinas. In its hold was more than a million dollars' worth of gold. Investigating Science: Treasures from the Deep, part of the Discovery Channel's new Interactive Library series...
Math Connections; Algebra I
Hardware: Macintosh Plus or later with one megabyte of RAM and System 6.0 or later. Emphasis: Algebra. Grade level: 8-11. Publisher: Wings for Learning, 1600 Green Hills Road, PO Box 660002, Scotts Valley, CA 95067-9908; (800) 321-751 1. Package includes:...
Multimedia Science Programs: Moving Science Education beyond the Textbook
An amazing burst of development activity has occurred recently in multimedia tools for teaching science in the K-12 range. In just the last year and a half, more than a dozen videodisc-based science packages from nearly as many different publishers...
Science 2000
This comprehensive project is a multi-topic, multi-level combination of software, videodiscs, print materials, and hands-on manipulative kits that delivers a full seventh-grade science curriculum. Science 2000 was developed under a California Department...
Super Solvers Spellbound!
Hardware: MS-DOS computer (512K for IBM, 640K for Tandy), with DOS 2.0 or greater and color monitor. (Produces 256-color VGA or MCGA; 16-color EGA, TGA; or four-color CGA.) Optional (but recommended): mouse; Ad Lib, Sound Blaster, or Roland sound card....
The Great Solar System Rescue
This videodisc/software simulation game, aimed at grades 5-8, is one of the most tightly integrated interactive multimedia packages discussed here, notwithstanding the fact that it is playable without a computer via remote control unit as well. On...
The Living Textbook: Mechanisms of Stability and Change
The latest life science title in Optical Data's secondary-level Living TextBook series, Mechanisms of Stability and Change lets students and teachers explore biological change through its library of stills and film footage on topics in physiology,...