Magazine article MultiMedia Schools

Thinkology: Clarity

Magazine article MultiMedia Schools

Thinkology: Clarity

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Company: Heartsoft, Inc., 3101 North Hemlock Circle, Broken Arrow, OK 74012; Customer Service: 800/2853475; Fax: 800/285-4018; http://www. thinkology.com.

Price: $80-hybrid Macintosh/Windows 95; $150-lab pack; $450-site license for 25.

Audience: grades K-4.

Format: CD-ROM: text, graphics, animation, music.

System Requirements: Macintosh requires System 7.0, 8 MB RAM, a 640x480 monitor with 256 colors, and 2x-speed CD-ROM drive. IBM/compatibles require Windows 95, 8 MB RAM, a 640x480 monitor with 256 colors, and 2x-speed CDROM drive.

Description: Thinkology: Clarity is a multimedia presentation of interactive stories and activities that are designed to help students recognize what it means to be clear when making a choice or giving a description. The teacher's manual is a rich resource that includes extensive suggestions for curriculum integration. Suggestions are divided by grade level, and specific skills are featured in the classroom activities. Many blackline masters are available to copy and use at classroom workstations to reinforce the concept of clarity. I am reviewing the

Spring 1998 Macintosh release of Thinkology: Clarity. Two new editions, Thinkology: Evidence and Thinkology: Relevance, are scheduled for release in the fall of 1998.

Reviewers Comments:

Installation: Installation of the CD-ROM on the Macintosh involves inserting the disc and selecting the program. Windows users will find that this is an auto-launching application that will start when the disc is inserted into the drive. If at first the program does not open, you will be prompted to check that DirectX has been loaded as a part of Windows 95. Installing or reinstalling DirectX will not affect other software or system functions, and the Thinkology software will take you through the installation process step by step. Installation

Rating: A

Content/Features: Thinkology: Clarity is a multimedia program that introduces students to the important concept of being clear. Focusing on this critical thinking skill will help students in many areas, including reading comprehension and writing proficiency. The program contains two multimedia stories with clever animations that feature two children and a variety of talking animals.

To begin the program, students first sign in by name. Then, they listen to a story and practice clarity with one of the activities that follows. Each activity screen presents a challenge, and after the problem is stated, the student selects the clearest response. …

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