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social studies software
Based on the inspirational book "Talking Walls", written by Margy Burns Knight and illustrated by Anne Sibley O'Brien (a must-read for children, educators and parents alike!), this literature-based software program exposes children to various cultures from around the world. The CD-ROM, which comes packaged with a paperback copy of the book, also features the entire book, complete with illustrations and framed by a navigational toolbar that allows users to travel beyond the beautifully written words to learn more about the places, history and cultures that invoke them.
Each page in the book describes a wall in a different part of the world, and the meaning it imparts. The walls are widely diverse; from those bearing Aborigine drawings or Mexican murals, to the exterior walls of the Canadian Museum of Civilization, which were designed to look like the landforms of Canada, to the Great Wall of China and the now defunct Berlin Wall. Users can move one screen at a time through the interactive 'book', reading and/or hearing the pages read aloud, and clicking on highlighted words for dictionary definitions, view the 'Table of Contents', which offers quick links to each wall, or use the "Map" option to see where the walls exist geographically and access those of particular interest. In addition to these options the CD includes a "Beyond the Walls" button which offers abundant background information for each of the walls.
Also included is a Teacher's Guide which offers lesson and enrichment ideas.
PC: Windows 95/98, Pentium or faster cpu, 50 MB free hard drive space, 16 MB RAM, 640x480, 16-bit (high color) display, Double speed or faster CD-ROM, Windows-compatible sound card.return to top of page
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