Magazine article Technology & Learning

Imagination Express

Magazine article Technology & Learning

Imagination Express

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Platform(s) and Unusual System Requirements[dagger]: Multimedia PC. Macintosh with a CD-ROM drive and 13" monitor. Emphasis: Creativity, writing. Grade level: K-6. Publisher: Edmark Corporation, PO Box 97021, Redmond, WA 98073; (800) 362-2890, (206) 556-8400. School Price: $59.95, with teacher's guide. Lab packs and site licenses are available.

Getting a class of fourth-graders to make their own electronic books can be a real challenge. "Must haves" include a kid-friendly interface, inspirational collections of clip art and sound effects, and a word processor with a range of font sizes. Destination: Castle, an early title in the Imagination Express story-making series, invites youngsters into richly detailed writing environments that not only offer all of the above, but lots of sophisticated new features as well.

Castle includes 13 beautifully illustrated medieval scenes to which kids can add characters, objects, text, music, dialogue, and narration. They can visit a thatched-hut village or play inside a magnificent throne room, arranging furnishings and people as with a real doll house. …

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