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“We are planning to offer the World History Comparative Civilizations course on CD-ROM next semester. You have indeed done an excellent job -- I wish that high school courses were that interesting when I was there.”

Paul Montgomery, Principal, Consortium of Distance Education Schools of BC

“This is a stand-out product. Students will be inspired to delve further into history as they explore the program’s deep and well-presented content.”
Ann Orr, Senior Editor, Children’s Software Revue.

“This is a truly exceptional resource for teachers and students! It's the best way to teach -- by telling stories. It develops students' understanding of the key historical events by combining narrative with superb images and authentic music. I want to put a copy into the hands of every social studies teacher in my district!”
Dr. Bill Cole Cliett, Jr., Deputy Superintendent, Curriculum and Instruction Services, Gainesville Florida School District

“What a treat to receive your new CD on World History! It is impressive in its graphics, video, music, text--very engaging for a former world history teacher who even loved teaching it from a text. Congratulations!”
Larry Cuban, Professor (Emeritus) of Education at Stanford University, CA.

“Very impressive…The imagery, which includes great masterpieces of art, photographs, artist renderings, etc., is rich and often striking…The program is fascinating, well designed and thoughtful.”
Children’s Software Revue, May/June 2003

 

Media Reviews

Children’s Software and New Media Revue May/June 2003
World History: A Comparative Civilizations Perspective
All Star Award

Very impressive, this survey of world history was created post 9/11 and focuses not only on major historical trends, personages and events, but also on various cultures and their world views. There are sections specifically devoted to Muslim culture, the fight against terrorism, the inequalities between peoples and other issues of importance in the 21st Century. Beginning with the Paleolithic Age and continuing to present day, the program offers narrated slide show and video lessons. The imagery, which includes great masterpieces of art, photographs, artist renderings, etc., is rich and often striking. Each of nine chapters includes discussion questions and suggestions for follow-up activities, plus lists of additional resources. "Big Picture" ideas are used as thematic scaffolding on which to present historical events. One of these ideas, for instance, is that civilizations have been and continue to be shaped by creative and destructive impulses that reside, side by side, in humans. The program is fascinating, well designed and thoughtful. What it lacks is interactivity. Aside from clicking through the lessons, you won’t find any other interactive elements. Volume pricing is available. p.14

School Library Journal August 2003
World History: A Comparative Civilizations Perspective

This teaching tool for world history will appeal to many learning styles. It is a comprehensive history course using sound and images to teach about different historical periods and cultures. While music plays, a narrator representing each period in history tells the story of that era as maps, video, and images from works of art associated with the culture being discussed appear onscreen. Beginning with an introduction, eight chapters from Prehistory to Ancient History, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the Enlightenment and the 20th Century discuss and illustrate social, political, economic and cultural issues. Voices representing real or imagined people from each era (Nefertiti, Confucius, Archimedes, Machiavelli and others) describe what is was like to have lived during that time. Teachers may select chapters at random. Printable additions at the end of each chapter include study questions, timelines comparing cultures and events, links to web sites, bibliographies, follow-up activities, and self-evaluation exercises. The program is easy to navigate and use. Some of the conversation is chatty and informal, which might detract from the seriousness of the subject or become distracting to some students. Teachers could use this program to supplement textbook learning, to generate research projects, for individual instruction, or for tests. – Pat Bender, The Shipley School, Bryn Mawr, PA p.76

Teacher Librarian Journal October 2003
Best New Software
World History: A Comparative Civilizations Perspective.

This two CD package provides a complete look at the topic. The self-paced learning along with the excellent follow-up activities and self-evaluation exercises make this a good resource for distance education, library resource centers and alternative schools.
Joanne Troutner, p.25

Today’s Catholic Teacher – August 2003
World History: A Comparative Civilizations Perspective

This very impressive survey of world history was created post 9/11 and focuses not only on major historical trends, personages and events, but also on various cultures and their world views. There are sections specifically devoted to Muslim culture, the fight against terrorism, the inequalities between peoples and other issues of importance in the 21st century. Beginning with the Paleolithic Age and continuing to present day, the program offers narrated slide show and video lessons. The imagery, which includes great masterpieces of art, photographs, artist renderings, etc., is rich and often striking. Each of nine chapters includes discussion questions and suggestions for follow-up activities, plus lists of additional resources. "Big Picture" ideas are used as thematic scaffolding on which to present historical events. One of these ideas, for instance, is that civilizations have been and continue to be shaped by creative and destructive impulses that reside, side by side, in humans. The program is fascinating, well designed and thoughtful. What it lacks is interactivity. Aside from clicking through the lessons, you won’t find any other interactive elements. p.12

Practical Homeschooling, Sept-Oct 2003, [Excerpted]
Wouldn't you like to hear history firsthand from the people who lived it? The World History: A Comparative Civilizations Perspective CD-ROMs make it as close as possible to do exactly that. This course takes advantage of computer technology to give you a curriculum that is truly unique….Rather than limit the presentation of history to only the Western world, World History informs you of important events and cultural developments around the world. The timelines provided in the supplementary sections help keep it all in perspective….You might wonder if it's possible to provide a complete high school course in world history that truly is comprehensive and challenging on only two CDs. Like most other curricula, a lot of the answer depends upon how you use it. It's possible to watch each presentation passively, and there are no mini-quizzes or ways to interact that would prevent you from doing this. But if you follow up each presentation with the supplementary sections--the follow-up activities, self-evaluation questions, timelines, maps, supplementary readings and related web links--then you have a comprehensive course….[the] questions are thought-provoking, and can be answered mostly based upon the presentations. The follow-up activities require research beyond what is presented and include projects in music, art, video, writing, computer and more. You can expand upon both the questions and activities as much as you like, making this program nice for a variety of ages and depths of interest….There's irony in reviewing history curriculum. Too many programs are so watered down that there's nothing left to discuss. Teaching for Thinking's World History takes chances and in so doing, provides lots of fodder for discussion and criticism. For the mature, auditory/ visual learner, this program provides an excellent survey course that is unique, thoughtful and provocative. I look forward to seeing what other curriculum is produced by this company.
By Teresa Schultz-Jones

 

 

 
   

 

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