Magazine article MultiMedia Schools

Travel the World with Timmy Deluxe

Magazine article MultiMedia Schools

Travel the World with Timmy Deluxe

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Company: Edmark Corporation, RO. Box 9702 1, Redmond, WA 98073-9721; Phone: 800/691-2986; Web: http//:www.

Price: $60-Mac/Win 3.1/95/98 School Edition (two CD-ROMs and a teacher's manual); $160-six-user lab pack; $600-site or network license.

Audience: Publisher recommends grades preK-2; reviewer concurs, with some application for older children.

Format: CD-ROM: animation, graphics, sound, and text.

System Requirements: Wmdows 3.1 or Windows 95/98, 486 Pentium, 66 MHz, 10 MB hard disk space, 8 MB RAM, Super VGA graphics, 640x480 with 256 colors, 2x CD-ROM drive, Windows-compatible sound card.

Macintosh System 7.0.1 or higher, 68040 or PowerPC, 8 MB RAM, 16 MB for PowerPC, 13-inch color monitor with 256 colors, 2x CD-ROM chive.

Color printer recommended, especially for completing the arts and crafts projects.

Description: Travel the World with Timmy Deluxe is a language and culture program for early childhood development, learning, and play. The program offers rich resources for this age group about the history, environment, and culture of five countries-- Argentina, France, Japan, Kenya, and Russia.

Reviewer Comments:

Installation: This disc installed easily on a Pentium with Windows 95 and on a PowerMac. Installation Rating. A

Content/Features: Timmy, the friendly alligator twin of Trudy (and friend of Bailey, Millie, and the other Edmark crew) introduces children to five languages and cultures. With him, students explore countries through basic numbers and words, activities, games, songs, crafts, and stories that they help to create.

After signing in, students can click on a flag of France, Argentina, Kenya, Russia, or Japan, each with a clip of accompanying traditional music. Balloons then lead to activities in that country's culture: building a village; putting together a travel story, a game or dramatic production; a song; and a crafts/paint program.A dictionary, with 20 basic words and the numbers 0 through 10, is always available.

The picture dictionary is a good place to start. Its simple words, illustrations, and sounds help young ears become attuned to what must seem very strange at first. Common to all of the languages are words like people, pets, bicycle, house, tree, and flower. Culture-specific words such as croissant, samovar, pancho, jembe, and kimono are also included.

The differences among the Japanese characters, Russian Cyrillic characters, and the Western alphabet of the other three languages will intrigue pre- and emergent readers. Older children may want to compare the words, sounds, and letters of common words and numbers.

Building a village allows children to use the basic words and numbers to create a picture. For example: the user can click on the number three and click and drag the illustration of a tree to get "tres arboles" on the screen.

In the question-and-answer mode, Timmy may present a picture, allowing the user to find the matching number and illustration. Or, Timmy may simply say"tres arboles" with no visual clues, asking the user to click on the number three and the tree illustration.

There are three levels to this exercise. The proficient child may be given an oral list of four different items of up to 10 each, all at the same time. …

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