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

Sunburst's Make-a-Map 3D

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

Sunburst's Make-a-Map 3D

Article excerpt

I thoroughly enjoyed using the Make-a-Map 3D software from Sunburst. The program addresses several of the areas of the second grade social studies curriculum for which we are responsible in Sarasota County, Florida.

As soon as my second grade students began to explore the mapmaking software, their body language began to tell the story. The software shifted smoothly into each area of the tutorial. I found the onscreen instructions to be well organized, self-explanatory and easily understood.

The first area to explore with my students was the Visitor's Center. Students were able to maneuver through it quite easily. This was a great way to learn about maps, parts of maps and map keys. Simple directions and a driver's test were fun for all.

The next area we explored was the Fun Center. My students loved turning and driving on the streets. They liked Street Missions but were a little frustrated when it came to higher levels of directions.

Making Directions challenged them. I did not get to see the children in action with this part of the software, but I did see it in their written commentary on the program. …

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