Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Lollipop Dragon Explores Communities

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Lollipop Dragon Explores Communities

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Lollipop Dragon Explores Communities is an educational CD-ROM produced by SVE & Churchill Media. This program is targeted at an audience of kindergartners through 6th grade students, and teaches the basic types of communities.

The main characters, Lollipop and Apple Blossom, introduce us to the concepts of communities as they try to entice Bitty, a young dragon who is afraid to leave his cave, to come out into the world. The program is set up like a storyboard, with the script at the bottom and corresponding pictures, illustrations and video clips at the top. The script is read aloud, so if you wish to use it in a classroom or lab situation, I recommended headphones. Many of the graphics are cartoon images of the characters and are not very interesting. There are, however, a number of good video clips used in the program to help make the types of communities more real for the students.

One nice feature of Lollipop Dragon Explores Communities is its basic setup. Each type of community -- urban, suburban and rural -- is set up as an independent section that can be used to teach individual class sessions. Each section has a quiz. The questions are multiple choice and can either be saved or immediately sent to the printer for a record of a student's progress.

As many older children who use the Internet are aware, colored words often link them to some other information or sites. Lollipop Dragon Explores Communities provides this type of link within the text of the script. These colored words link you to a glossary (green) and an encyclopedia entry (blue). …

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