SOLVE MYSTERIES AND SHARPEN GEOGRAPHY SKILLS WITH
East Dorset, Vermont. October 2, 2002—Someone has stolen precious items from Lady Hartley’s
mansion, and the culprit must be caught! In Map Detectives, an innovative
map-reading software program, students become private detectives and
learn critical geography skills.
Kids are so motivated by the constantly changing plots in the
two interactive mystery games that they hardly notice how much they
are learning as they navigate through the program. The humorous graphics
and animations keep kids engaged as they use geography and mapping
skills to solve a series of baffling burglaries.
are twelve suspects with names like Jailbreak John, Ruthless Richard,
Devious Della, Crafty Connie, Monstrous Mick, and Shifty Shirley,
and each time the games are played, the culprit changes.
To locate the missing objects and find clues about the thief,
students must interpret map symbols, type in grid references, and
use distance, scale, and compass directions as they click their way
around a variety of maps.
The Village Mystery game begins with a panicked phone
call from Lady Hartley—someone has stolen items from the displays
in her mansion and garden. Students
then look at detailed plans of the displays, and compare them to photographs
in order to identify which objects have been stolen.
Using an ordnance survey map of the village, the detective
then enters coordinates to zoom in on particular locations where they
will find objects and witnesses who will offer clues about the crime. Once enough clues have been gathered, students may review the information
about each of the suspects and then make an accusation. If they are correct, the thief is put behind
bars and the detective receives a generous reward.
The Daylight Robbery, detectives must track down suspects who are
scattered over a wide area. A
cycling map, a subway map, and a walking map are used to travel to
a variety of locations in search of clues.
Each map calls upon the student to use map-reading skills particular
to that kind of map. Animations and photographs accompany the traveling
detectives each step of the way, adding an element of realism to the
program. The CD-ROM is accompanied by printed support material for the classroom,
including colored suspect cards with character descriptions, three
colored fold-out maps, and illustrated directions for navigating each
Detectives also include customization and record-keeping options that
allow teachers to adjust levels of difficulty and view and print records
of the “registered detectives”. The
length of each game, the difficulty of the mapping exercises, and
the difficulty of the mysteries can be altered for each student or
group of students. Teachers can monitor the progress of each student
by viewing the records showing which maps and activities have been
completed, and at what level of difficulty.
Minimum System Requirements
Win 3.1+, 486, 66 MHz, 8 Mb RAM, 2x CD, SVGA
LC475, 8 Mb RAM, 2x CD-ROM, 640x480, 256 colors
single unit price of Map Detectives is $59.95
and site license pricing is available
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About Tool Factory
Factory conducted an exhaustive search for unique educational software
in various markets around the globe. Their flagship product line consists
of 26 educational software tools, which were hand-picked for their
innovative contribution to computer-based learning. To complement
the tools and applications, Tool Factory is also distributing an extensive
range of curriculum titles throughout North America. Their second
catalog launches with 127 CD-ROM products, many of which are new releases
in North America.
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