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Decimal & Fraction Maze is a complimentary product to Number Maze Challenge a program we reviewed (and liked) in 1998. As the title implies, this program focuses on non-whole number problem solving drills and practice.
As with the earlier program, Decimal & Fraction Maze places the user in a series of onscreen mazes that can be successfully navigated only if the user correctly solves a series of written and spoken math problems. Upon completion of the maze, the user enters a house where collectible winnings are stored.
- writing, comparing, rounding decimalsThese topics meet 12 of the 26 draft NCTM (National Council of Teachers of Mathematics) standards for grades K-8.
Each user must sign in -- the system can track the progress of up to 50 students. A management screen allows a parent or teacher to select which subjects are to be covered, if the default sequence and starting point are not desired. The tracking capability generates a graphical display for each user, showing their progress and success rate for each of the over 400 levels in the program. This is one of the nicest tracking features SuperKids has seen.
Decimal & Fraction Maze does an excellent job of providing sequenced problem solving practice. It does not, however, provide true instruction. The closest the program comes to explaining how a problem should be solved, is with 'hint' and 'show me the solution' options under the help button in the toolbar. Neither option, however, does much more than show the correct answer.
PC: Windows 3.1 and up, 386 or faster cpu, hard drive, floppy drive, 4 MB RAM, VGA/SVGA display, sound card supporting speechreturn to top of page
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