Advanced System Knowledge, successful publishers of educational software for the BBC since autumn 1983, have combined four of their titles on one disc with new documentation for parents, teachers and children, activity and story books. One set is for language teaching, the other combines maths programs.
The four language programs are Words Words Words by Tom Stonier, Hide And Seek by Gloria Callaway, Facemaker and the by now quite famous Podd, by Don Walton.
In Words, children are invited to correctly type in their choice of place or object. ASK have always stuck by the educationally sound policy of insisting that keyboard input is correct before it is accepted. No adventure spellings here. The choice list appears on-screen.
Various "rewards" are built into the program for completely correct spelling within one of the scenes within the descriptions build up.
Hide And Seek is a very enjoyable program. The game presents a group of boxes containing various nicely drawn objects. It then hides them. Guess where they are. Variations on this theme thoroughly entertain and test young children. Their minds are often better suited to these tests than those of their parents or teachers. Try it and see!
Facemaker offers numerous choices of size and type of face and features. The description has to be read and further options taken or discarded. Unfortunately, there is no printer option for this entertaining program.
Podd has proved very popular with children and also found favour with educationalists, becoming an award winner. Podd is one of those characters we all take to. The program prompts children to type in single actions (game one) or several actions (game two) for Podd to perform. If Podd knows the word, he performs. There are two Podd storybooks in the pack, Podd Arrives and Podd's Adventures. They provide independent material for children to work on, resulting from Podd's "open-ended" character.
The documentation includes word lists and suggested projects for parents and teachers and the activity book is for use in conjunction with the programs. It provides pictures, puzzles and quizzes. These books are produced to a high standard.