New CD-ROM, Videodisc, and Software Titles for K-12
TitleWatch lists recently released educational software products that relate to the K- 12 curriculum. This list is primarily but not exclusively comprised of CD-ROM products; other formats (diskettes, videodiscs, and videos) ore noted in the text. Suggestions for entries and press releases should be addressed to Kathie Felix, 5746 Union Mill Rd., PMB 605, Clifton, VA 20124 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Aspects of Religion, developed for high school students, explores eight religions-Judaism, Islam, Sikhism, Shintoism, Confucianism, Hinduism, Christianity, and Buddhism-in terms of how specific issues are addressed by each religion. Students can explore topics such as war and peace, crime and punishment, prejudice, lifestyle, and the sanctity of life. Windows only.
Exploring World Religions covers the same information in a format suitable for upper-elementary and middle-school students. Windows or Mac. Both programs include more than 1,000 photographs, maps, illustrations, and pages of text, as well as personal interviews. $70--single copy price. Tool Factory, 800/220-8386 or http://www.toolfactory.com/.
Disney's Zoog Genius series allows students ages 9 to 12 to join the Zoog Disney characters in a quiz-show game that features hundreds of multiple choice questions based on curriculum supplied by McREL, the specialists in state educational standards.
Teachers can either download questions for inclusion into the quizzes or can insert their own questions. All questions can be read aloud during the game. The two titles in the series are Disney's Zoog Genius Language Arts, History & Geography and Disney's Zoog Genius Math, Science & Technology. Mac/Win hybrid CD-- ROM. $20-single copy. Disney Interactive, 800/228-0988 or http://www.disneyinteractive.com/.
Clifford Learning Activities lets children ages 4 to 6 help Clifford, the Big Red Dog, perform good deeds. Youngsters follow Clifford and his friends to seven different locations where 10 activities allow the children to practice early developmental skills such as math, reading, sorting, matching, creativity, and word building. Mac/Win hybrid CD-ROM. $20-single copy. Scholastic, 800/Scholastic, or http://www.scholastic.com/.
Disney's Phonics Quest for ages 5 to 8 combines Disney characters, voice-recognition technology, and phonics-based reading principles. Mickey Mouse stars as the Sorcerer's Apprentice; players must complete six activities to help him retrieve items that he's lost. Along the way, youngsters learn letter and sound recognition, vocabulary, spelling, word building, long and short vowels, and reading comprehension. Mac/Win hybrid CD-ROM. $20-single copy. Disney Interactive, 800/228-0988 or http://www.disneyinteractive.com/.
I Spy Treasure Hunt transports children ages 6 to 10 to the seaside town of Smuggler's Cove where they can embark on three separate adventures in search of hidden pirate treasures. As youngsters explore the town and play 60 challenging I Spy riddles, pieces of three mysterious treasure maps are revealed. Children must use mapping and problem-solving skills to assemble the pieces and follow the clues to discover the treasures left behind by the town's legendary pirates. Mac/Win hybrid CD-ROM. …