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Learn about Earth Science: Astronomy

Magazine article MultiMedia Schools

Learn about Earth Science: Astronomy

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Company: Sunburst Technology, 101 Castleton Street, Pleasantville, NY 10570; Phone: 800/321-7511; Web: http://www.sunburst.com/.

Price: $90-single computer or a lab pack of 10 CDs. $700-unlimited/network license.

Audience: Publisher recommends grades K-2.

Format: CD-ROM: text, graphics, sound, animation, video clips. System Requirements: Macintosh requires 7.0 or higher, 8 MB RAM (16 MB RAM recommended), 68040 processor or better, 640x480 screen resolution, 4x CD-ROM drive or faster, 20 MB hard disk space, 256 color.

For Windows: Windows 95/98/NT/ 2000, 8 MB RAM (16 MB RAM recommended), 486/DX2-66 MHz processor, 640x480 screen resolution, 4x CDROM drive, 20 MB hard disk space, 256 color, SVGA compatible video card, and monitor.

Description: Learn About Earth

Science: Astronomy consists of nine lessons with quizzes about the inner and outer planets of the solar system, the sun, moon, constellations, space travel, and gala)des.

Reviewer Comments:

Installation: This title was reviewed on a Macintosh G4 computer running system 9.0.4 with a LaserWriter II printer. Installation was simple and quick. Installation Rating. A Content/Features. Nine lessons present concepts related to the solar system, the inner and outer planets, sun, moon, stars, space travel and the galaxies in a colorful format using animated characters and actual video clips of space footage.

Navigation is easy using a lesson button bar of icons or a pull-down menu. A click of the button offers a text read-aloud option. Help is readily available anytime simply by selecting the phone icon.

Each lesson ends with a multiple choice quiz providing immediate feedback and the opportunity to try again if the answer is incorrect. Other features include a jukebox of catchy tunes related to space and a journal for writing notes. A matching game, sorting activity, and constellation builder activity provide a fun review for the young learner.

Students log on using their name. The program records the number of lessons attempted. At any time, a certificate can be printed showing which lessons have been completed. In addition to providing progress reports on each user, a teacher option permits customization of the program and activities. Content/Features Rating: A Ease of Use: This program is very user-fiiendly. …

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