French Software Reviewed
Title: Flash Cards 5 -12
||5 - 12
of Publication :
PC or other :
program is based around flashcards.
The pupils are required to look at a picture and then to fill in
missing letters to complete the word associated with the picture.
I would question the educational value of this program, its very
limited in its uses. The
program is purely visual, no audio usage is built in.
This means that the pupils do not get to listen to the spoken word
at all. It is merely presented
on a visual basis.
Teaching with this Title
This would work best with individuals or perhaps pairs
of children working together. Special needs pupils would find
this program a bit difficult to work with, as there is no help
offered on the interface.
There are three degrees of difficulty, but the only difference between
the levels is the number of letters missing in the given word.
I would question the value of this program in the classroom setting.
There is no sound, no aural or oral work involved. The pupils are
merely set the task of filling in missing letters.
This is a tedious program and quickly loses the attention of the
mentioned, this is based purely on pictures and letters missing from words.
The content is not selectable, ie the teacher or pupil
may not choose a particular topic (for example Colour / Clothing etc.) The learning would be very hit and miss, and it is doubtful
what exactly the pupils would gain from using the package.
One possible classroom use would
be to print out pictures and corresponding words as classroom teaching
aids. When you click on the binoculars icon on the screen, you can type
a word in the typing area. The
picture representing that word will be displayed above. This can then
be printed out.
The software contains a separate Help file
which is of some use. However
for a pupil using the program for the first time, on-screen help is practically
Navigation is simple, using forward arrows and back
arrows. The icons
are large and clearly visible. There is a teacher management file, which allows
the teacher to choose the language to be used.
The product does not self-load, which is a pity.
There was no supporting documentation at all. Clearly this product is more suited to home use.