Magazine article Technology & Learning

Liberty's Kids

Magazine article Technology & Learning

Liberty's Kids

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Emphasis: Social studies and critical thinking. Grade level: 4-8. Platform: Mac/Win CD. Price: $69.95 for two-disc education package; $179.95 for six-user lab pack. Publisher: Riverdeep/The Learning Company; (800) 825-4420; www.riverdeep.net

Based on the PBS children's series, Liberty's Kids puts students in the roles of James and Sarah, two apprentice reporters for a Philadelphia newspaper during the American Revolution. As James and Sarah, students are sent to cover the Boston Tea Party, Lexington and Concord, and five other events, gathering first-hand accounts from historical figures--John and Abigail Adams or General Washington, for example--as well as fictional witnesses.

As in an adventure game, users navigate through a number of attractively illustrated full-screen scenes, searching for people to interview and required objects. (Students will have no trouble retrieving the objects, although it sometimes feels a bit like stealing when players pick up something they "find" in someone's home or office.) As each character provides his or her perspective, students can record notes with a mouse click. …

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