Magazine article Technology & Learning

Sky Island Mysteries

Magazine article Technology & Learning

Sky Island Mysteries

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Platforms and Unusual System Requirements[dagger]: Macintosh and Windows CD.

Emphasis: Thinking skills, language.

Grade level: 3-7.

Publisher: Edmark, 6727 185th Ave., N.E., Redmond, WA 98073: (800)691-2985; www.edmark.com. School version: $54.95, including printed teacher materials. Lab packs and site licenses are available.

In this recently released offering in the Thinkin' Things line, kids travel to four futuristic "islands" in the sky to solve 14 increasingly challenging mystery capers involving high-level logic, prioritization and decision-making skills. Detective Joe Cluestoe guides and entertains users throughout.

The solid educational core, multiple skill levels and numerous customizing options we've come to expect from Edmark products are all very much in evidence here, with both structured and open-ended modes, a grow slide to specify skills for practice, and other adult features. The activities are fun, engaging and well crafted, if not groundbreaking.

On Stadium Island, kids develop observation techniques and remember relationships and rules as they test and predict the seating assignments of Fripples, fun-loving balls of fur and fluff. …

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