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Mapping out the Geography Programs

Magazine article Technology & Learning

Mapping out the Geography Programs

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Mapping Out the Geography Programs                                               Geography PROGRAM       GeoBee                         Search  Publisher     National Geographic Society    Tom Snyder Productions               (800) 437-5521                 (800) 342-0236               www.nationalgeographic.com     www.tomsnyder.com  Platform      Mac/Win CD                     Mac CD; available also                                              in Mac and Win disk  Price         $29.95-$39.95; Teacher's       $149; Site and network               Edition available for          licenses available.               $59.95.  Grade Level   4-8                            5-9  Targeted      Geography and cultural         Geography and navigation; Skills        awareness                      collaboration and                                              critical thinking skills  Special       * Competition draws from       * Computer-controlled Features        2,000 National                 simulation designed for                 Geography Bee questions        up to six groups               * Single- and multiplayer        containing 4-5 students                 modes                          per group  Limitations   * Only runs in 256-color       * No Internet links                 mode--and it isn't "smart"                 enough to make the                 adjustment for you               * Program doesn't let                 players question                 categories               * Players can't create their                 own questions or turn off                 timer               * No Internet links  Strengths     * Fast-paced with thousands    * Fosters cooperation and                 of questions                   collaborative learning               * Presents correct answer                 before moving on to the                 next question  Support       * None                         * Detailed Teacher's Materials                                      Guide with classroom                                                management tips, review                                                questions, search                                                words, extension                                                activities, timelines,                                                and reproducibles                                              * Seven copies of four                                                Navigational Log Books                                                (Longitude Measurer,                                                Provisions & Depth                                                Recorder, Latitude                                                Measurer, and Wind                                                Recorder)                My First                      Where in the               Amazing World                 World is Carmen PROGRAM       Explorer 2.0                  Sandiego? v3.5.3  Publisher     DK Interactive Learning       The Learning Co.               (877) 342-5357                (800) 395-0277               www.dk.com                    www.learningco.com  Platform      Mac/Win CD                    Mac/Win CD  Price         $49.95; Lab packs, site and   $69.95; Lab packs, site               network licenses available. … 
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