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Social Studies Software -- The Big Picture

Social studies. What do we mean? The titles we've grouped here look at a variety of subjects, including history and geography.

  • The Ellis Island Experience [for ages 11 to adult] from SouthPeak Interactive, weaves a wealth of information and presents it to the viewer in a compelling format using oral histories, quotes, and photographs to supplement its factual presentations. Parents, teachers, homeschoolers will find this fascinating and useful.
  • Talking Walls [for ages 8 to 14] from Edmark, is an excellent literature-based software program that exposes children to various cultures from around the world.

  • Lionel Trains Presents: Trans-Con! [for ages 7 to 12] from Knowledge Adventure, is an excellent program that involves students in one of the most exciting times in American History. It offers an interactive glimpse into the building of the Transcontinental Railroad, hands-on geography, problem-solving experience and even a little arcade-like fun.

  • The Civil War Experience [for ages 11 to adult] from SouthPeak Interactive, contains a wealth of factual information in a polished, coordinated format that has visual and auditory appeal. Parents, teachers, homeschoolers, and Civil War buffs will find this a comprehensive reference and resource tool.

  • The Complete National Geogaphic [for ages 5 to adult] from Mindscape, is an ambitious attempt to free up acres of wall shelf space in homes and libraries. Unfortunately, technical decisions made in the CD collection's design limit its searchability.

  • Virtual Safari [for ages 10 to 14] from Fujitsu Interactive includes plenty of action, information and authentic sights and sounds to intrigue and enthuse young animal lovers.

  • Oregon Trail Classic [for grades 5 and up] from The Learning Company, is the descendent of one of the earliest educational software programs. Users are challenged to make a series of decisions to guide their party from Independence, Missouri to Oregon's Willamette Valley, by covered wagon.

  • Breaking the Code [for ages 10+], from Lerner Educational Software, teaches students how to read simple hieroglyphics, then uses them to tell stories about Egyptian gods and goddesses. Best suited for those with an intense interest in the subject.

Can't find one that meet your needs? Check out other Social Studies programs SuperKids has reviewed.


SuperKids Ratings Ratings Key
Title
Publisher
Education
Value
Kid
Appeal
Ease
of Use
Buyers Guide
(Price Survey)
The Ellis Island Experience
    SouthPeak Interactive
5.0 5.0 5.0 PC /
Talking Walls
    Edmark
5.0 5.0 5.0 PC / Mac
Lionel Trains Presents: Trans-Con!
    Knowledge Adventure
4.5 4.0 3.6 PC / Mac
The Civil War Experience
    SouthPeak Interactive
4.5 3.8 4.8 PC / Mac
The Complete National Geogaphic
    Mindscape
4.0 3.0 4.0 PC / Mac
Virtual Safari
    Fujitsu Interactive
4.0 4.0 2.5 PC / Mac
Breaking the Code
    Lerner Educational Software
3.5 3.5 4.0 PC / Mac
Oregon Trail Classic
    The Learning Company
5.0 3.5 5.0 PC / Mac
Reviews of Other Social Studies Programs


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