A Choice Made Easy
Choosing educational software for children is certainly not an easy task. Because so many options are available, it is easy to be overwhelmed by all the vividly colored packages, the intriguing characters, and fantastic claims of academic enhancements. How in the world does one actually choose? Fortunately, all is not lost. A software package is available, which truly encompasses those qualities, and does so without assaulting the purchaser’s pocketbook. My Personal Tutor by Microsoft, is a budget sensitive, educational enhancement package for childaren, with exciting graphics and an incredible academic framework. For this reason, a recent review of this program stated that “Microsoft has made a great contribution to children’s learning” (Dr. Toy).
In fact, My Personal Tutor is the best choice of children’s educational software.
The activities in My Personal Tutor facilitate learning in vital academic disciplines. Because of the technological advancement of our society, today’s students require more strength in critical thinking, reading, and math skills than ever before. This three CD set is dedicated to enhancing skills in those areas. For example, in Turru’s Sea Quest, the student further develops thinking skills in order to advance through the game format. By solving unfinished sentences, analyzing and completing number or shape patterns, challenging memory with matching, and matching analog compared to digital time, the child assists Captain Scratch in setting free the endangered sea creatures. In another CD, Sam’s Hide & Seek, the child strengthens reading skills in a virtual museum, with six separate rooms where the child plays interactive word games or reads stories in order to help Sam find his friends. However, the word games are not simple mindless entertainment. For instance, by solving incomplete sentences a story emerges. During this process, an amusing, vividly colored picture is painted depicting the story the child is creating. In another challenging exercise, the student reads stories and answers questions relating to the story content in order to gain points, thereby fostering comprehension. Finally, in a third CD, the child’s world becomes an incredible space station where the goal is to help a new friend, Spy, capture alien stowaways. In Spy’s Space Station, traditional math of the p...
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...osoft is the best choice of children’s educational enhancement software.
Dr. Toy’s 100 Best Children’s Products for 1998. San Francisco, CA. 1999.
Microsoft Kids Page. Redmond, WA. November 17, 1998.
Thesis: My Personal Tutor is the best choice of children’s educational software.
I. The activities in My Personal Tutor facilitate learning in vital
A. In Turru’s Sea Quest, the student further develops thinking skills.
B. In Sam’s Hide & Seek, the child strengthens reading skills.
C. In Sky’s Space Station, traditional math is transformed into exciting activities.
II. Through well-designed game objectives, My personal Tutor
generates long term interest.
A. All the activities are designed as a means to an end.
B. The goals are met methodically through a sense of teamwork
C. The interactive characters are encouraging throughout the challenge.
III. Parents can feel confident that the purchase of this set is a cost-
effective enhancement to the child’s education, as well as an
excellent source of reinforcement for vital social skills.
A. The price is only $14.95 after the rebate.
B. My Personal Tutor is not limited to academics only.
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