Microsoft Product ReviewSandy Moore11-2-08
Microworld EXwww.microworld.comPrice:Single Version$ 99.006 User Lab Pack$ 449.00Site License$1399.00
Micro Worlds EX is one of the latest constructionist software that supports project-basedlearning in remarkable ways. This software allows students to expand their creativity throughcomputationally-rich interdisciplinary projects using text, graphics, multimedia, and animation.Furthermore, students can explore and test their ideas as they create science simulations,mathematical experiments, interactive multimedia stories, and whatever their minds can imagine.In addition, Micro Worlds EX may be used across the curriculum by students of all ages.
Important Features and Functionality
The primary goals of Micro Worlds EX software are to develop a child’s creativity, problem-solving and critical thinking skills. Micro Worlds EX allows students to explore, construct,design, animate, analyze and visualize ideas using Math, Science and InformationCommunications Technology. For example, a demo of one of the features product introduces probability. The demo has 3 dice and calculates the results of rolling 3 dice for about 30 dicerolls. After the calculations are complete, students can click on an icon to view the results in percentages or in a graph format. In addition, this software makes it easy to create surveys,quizzes and interactive presentations. The software program is easy to use with its interactiveobjects such as drop down menus and check boxes which allows first time users to begin creating projects quickly. The program is compatible with Microsoft Windows Word and Excel making it possible to use Word’s spell-checker and Excel’s graphing capabilities. The program alsoincludes HTML templates making it possible to post interactive projects online. In addition, the program features the capability to add active Internet links to projects. The program uses a 32 bitgraphics and an easy to use graphics interface with grids to aid layout and an included clipartgallery