century European classical music. And Beethoven and Beyond moves
you through "the bold, restless, passionate Romantic era".6
Geography? In 1985, two young Iowa trivia-game fans, Doug and Gary Carlston,
turned one of their games into a computer floppy-disc hit called Where In The World Is
Carmen Sandiego? It was a pioneer in the field to be known as "edutainment":
the fusion of education and entertainment. Since 1985, the Carlstons and their Broderbund
Software company have released eight titles in the series, and nearly four million Carmen
Sandiego floppy disc programs have been sold.
The deluxe CD-ROM edition appeared in 1992, and today
hundreds of thousands of children and their families are learning the basics of geography
as they search for Carmen around the world, using 3,200 clues - including 500 in foreign
languages - 130 photographs, hundreds of animations, and 150 audio excerpts of traditional
Also in 1992, Broderbund released Just Grandma and
Me, a CD-ROM that has since led to the Living books series in partnership with
Random House. The series introduces children to the interactive wonder of great stories:
in English, Spanish and Japanese, all on the one disc.
Young painters can practice with Broderbund's Kid
Pix; young musicians can have fun with Philips's Children's Musical Theatre;
and learn to read with The Learning Company's Reader Rabbit.
Older children and adults can plan an entire city of
the future with SimCity 2000, learn every aspect of chess from the brilliant Chessmaster
4000 Turbo CD-ROM, or play a world master at bridge.
The biggest commercial success of all has been in the form of video and
computer games. Nintendo's Mario and Sega's Sonic the Hedgehog have become
worldwide hits. By 1993 Nintendo had sold more than 100 million cartridges of its Super
To make your own interactive, animated computer game, you can now invest in an
inexpensive Klick & Play package from Britain's Europress group - developed by
François Lionet and Yves Larnoureu. And for even less, try The Perian Spring's Digital
Chisel software. It costs much less than many excellent professional programs such as
Macromedia's top-rated Director series. (Check it out on the Internet:
www.pierian.com - and see what students are designing with it.)
These highlights provide only a glimpse of the soaring
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