Gatekeeper Trees UK CD ROM
This CD ROM is a program for easy identification of common British trees and shrubs that are likely to be found in the locality of schools, including school grounds, parks and waste spaces. There are 41 species.
The program is aimed at younger children or those with learning difficulties and uses large bright pictures and text with optional sound tips on all controls. It fulfils many of the requirements of National Curriculum Science, Life Process and Living Things, Key Stages 1 and 2 and some special needs. It has been created by a teacher for teachers and is artistically unique in using original full colour illustrations.
The child friendly interface has a common format throughout with a bright central content box and large buttons on either side for simple navigation. Just two small buttons at top centre provide teachers with access to help and allow control of the program features; there are no complicated menus or toolbars. Page access is either by the "Back" or "Next" buttons or by means of the preview bar at bottom, move the mouse along it to see a preview of each page, click to go to any one. Return to a previous page with one click.
Audible and large text captions on the controls may be turned on or off and the delay and size of text may be varied. Full context sensitive help on using the program and reference details of all trees with pictures and simple text description are available as separate windows.
Answer questions on the identification forms by clicking on the buttons with the best answers. The complexity of questions has been reduced to be suitable for the targetted age range.
Clicking the match button on an identification form causes the database to be presented as thumbnail pictures with the best matches at the start. Partial or non matches are marked by orange or red bars. The thumbnails may also be viewed without answering any identification questions, when they are presented in alphabetical order. Click a thumbnail to open a full colour picture of the selected tree or shrub.
All the species are presented as large clear colour pictures. If an identification has been performed an orange or red mark indicates partial or non-matches. The pictures may also be viewed in alphabetical order without answering any identification questions.
There are five interactive exercises. All use drag and drop on bright colour pictures. Some of the interactives have different content that is presented when one part is complete. On other exercises the "New" button rearranges the content randomly so a child will not be presented with the exact same task on a revisit. A large text reference source on all the trees is available as a separate window.
Pack also includes a Project Plan and Activity Sheets.
This CD-ROM requires an IBM compatible PC with equivalent of Intel Pentium 4 1.5GHz processor or better, at least 250Mb MB RAM and 800x600 pixels high colour 16-bit display or better.
Microsoft Windows 7 or
Microsoft Windows Vista or
Microsoft Windows XP with service pack 2 or later or
Microsoft Windows 2000 with Service Pack 3 or later and Internet Explorer 5.01 or higher
Note that the instal will detect service pack and direct you to the relevant Microsoft upgrade page if necessary.
With Microsoft Windows 7, Vista or other machines with Microsoft .NET Framework installed - 13Mb
32 bit machines without Microsoft .NET Framework installed - add 280Mb
64 bit machines without Microsoft .NET Framework installed - add 610Mb