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Program Title

Publisher

Rating

Instructional Area

Computer Requirements

Biology Concepts: Ecology  

Software

Educational Activities Software

3.2

Science

Windows 3.1, 95 or NT

Education 4 Kids  

Web-based

Education 4 Kids

3.5

Math, Social Studies, English Language, and Science

Windows 95, 98, or 2000

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Program Title

BIOLOGY CONCEPTS: Ecology

Publisher

Educational Activities, Inc. 

http://www.edact.com

Subject

Biology - Science

Level

Beginner

Program features

Video clips and review software to be used as a teaching aid

Computer Requirements

  • MS-DOS or IBM compatible computer 386/ 33 MHz

  • 8 MB RAM

  • Color Monitor

  • CD-ROM Drive

  • Printer (for reports)

  • Windows 3.1, 95 or NT

  • QuickTime 2.1.2 (Supplied with program)

Price

Contact Dealer: 800-645-3739

Overall Rating

3.2

 

Evaluation Scale (scale 0 = not applicable, 1= not recommended, 2 = fair, 3 = good and 4 = excellent)

 

User Friendly

3

Interesting Interface

2

Ease of loading software

2

Affordability

0

Content

4

Age appropriate

4

Sound

4

 

 

Average

3.2

 

Description of Content

It contains basic Biology principles given in an easy-to-follow format.  Contains colorful video clips, inquiry section, video vocabulary, and review section. 

 

Navigation and Structure

After inserting the CD-ROM in the drive, start up the program by clicking on the icon placed in Start\Programs\Educational Activities Software 2010\Ecology.  Enter full name and go to the next screen.  Students have the option of going to any of the sections and can quit anytime.  The video control bar allows the user to go back, forward, pause and stop.

 

Instructional Applications

This program can be used as a teaching aid for a basic Biology class. 

 

Comments

I had an error during install on Windows 2000, but it did run.  This software has to be used with the earlier version of QuickTime included in the CD-ROM (it will not work with the newer versions (4.0, 5.0 or 6.0) which has to be installed separately.  It seemed to run ok in Win98.  I would be eager to try a newer version that is compatible with Windows 2000 or XP.  

 

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Program Title

Education 4 Kids

Publisher

Education 4 Kids 

http://www.edu4kids.com/math/ and NetQuest.net

Subject Math, English, Science, Social Studies
Level ABE 101 to GED
Program features

Immediate feedback on answers

Choice of complexity, number size, scoring, and timer

Computer Requirements

Internet connection

56k modem

Windows 95, 98, 2000

Internet Explorer

Price Free (donations welcomed)
Overall Rating 3.7

Evaluation Scale (scale 0 = not applicable, 1= not recommended, 2 = fair, 3 = good and 4 = excellent) 

User Friendly 3.5
Interesting Interface 3.0
Ease of loading software 0
Affordability 4
Content 4
Age appropriate 4
Sound 0
   
Average 3.7

 

Description of Content

This website is designed to assist students in developing their math, social studies, and science and language skills.  The content is presented in drill games, so the knowledge that is being taught is very concrete and specific.  It offers everything from an alphabet drill to the table of elements to United States presidents to math flashcards.

 

Navigation and Structure

This is an easy site to navigate with a very simple structure.  Site is not juvenile.

 

Instructional Applications

This site is a good resource for instructors who have students who need develop their math, social studies, science and language skills and knowledge.  It is a very simple site, so students could easily use it on their own or outside of class time to develop their skills.  In addition, instructors will quickly be able to ascertain its applicability to individual students.

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