Magazine article MultiMedia Schools

I Spy Junior

Magazine article MultiMedia Schools

I Spy Junior

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I Spy Junior

Company: Scholastic Inc., 555 Broadway, New York, NY 10012; 800/7244718; http://www

Price: $30-single user, Mac/Win

Audience: ages 3-5

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

System Requirements: Windows: 486 DX 66 MHz, Windows 9598,16 MB RAM,10 MB hard disk space, 640x480 display with 256 colors, 4x CD-ROM, Windows-compatible sound card, printer (optional), and microphone (optional for I Spy Spooky Mansion).

Macintosh: PowerPC, 75 MHz processor, System ?.5 or later, 16 MB RAM, 10 MB hard disk space, 640x480 display with 256 colors, and 4x CD-ROM drive. Printer and microphone optional.

Description: I Spy Junior and a related product, I Spy Spooky Mansion (for ages 6 -10), present picture riddles similar to those found in the photorealist I Spy books by Jean Marzollo. The programs allow students to practice language arts, thinking skills, problem solving, creativity, early reading, and math skills as they have fun searching for objects that match a series of picture puzzles.

Reviewer Comments:

Installation: I used the two programs on both a 300 MHz Pentium machine with Windows 95 and an iMac. The installation setup runs very smoothly. Setup even detected the desktop security program and asked if I wanted the program to work with the security program. I would recommend a faster CD-ROM drive than that listed in the system requirements. Installation Rating: A

Content/Features: The 70 picture puzzles in I Spy Junior help children to practice sorting and classifying, identifying patterns, developing vocabulary, recognizing numbers and letters, and enhancing critical-thinking skills.

Students sign in to enter the programs and have the opportunity to see their names used in the course of the games. All of the text is spoken aloud. It is not necessary to solve all of the riddles at one time. If children do not know how to move a mouse, these CDs are excellent for practicing mouse skills.

I used the I Spy Junior program with a bilingual pre-K class. I had the students practice spatial directions by telling me which way to move the mouse as we searched for the various items. They had a great time repeating the vocabulary and identifying objects. The students also enjoyed naming the objects when sorting items into various hoops or changing the patterns. Content/Features Ratings: A

Ease of Use: I didn't have any problem with installation or running either of the CDs. …

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