Welcome to Sunday
Software & SONsoft's
Sam the Samaritan CD
into one of Jesus' most important teachings.
is 3.2 megabyte video demo for those with
high speed internet access. Still, however, it is obviously edited
and compressed video for easy web delivery. If you have a slow
our 1.5mb video demo. It's lower resolution and smaller in size,
but you can still get the general idea!
These demos, like all
our demos, feature some of the custom music we've written
to help tell the story.
in Good Sam the Samaritan
- Luke 10 --a narrated 3-D animated
retelling of the story in three different versions with study
- Sam Cam --video interviews with
the story characters, and a game in which students must counter
excuses for not being Samaritans by selecting the right encouraging
- Good Sam
very kid-friendly interactive map with intriguing story related
Holy Land photos and graphics with narrated study questions about
the story's background, the roots of Samaritan/Jewish conflict,
and questions about cultural and religious prejudice ( a really
good section for older students especially).
- Who Wants
to be a Samari-tan! --play Yakzoot the camel in a strange gameshow
that includes memory verse scrambles
- SaMtv --an Mtv style music
video that wraps up the lesson with a snappy tune and images
to reflect on. SaMtv also includes follow-up discussion
Good SAM has
an onscreen 3-D Animated Teacher named Bildad the Bible Explorer (pictured at top of this
page). Bildad's job is to
introduce program content, offer insights and ask questions.
Bildad is jovial, warm, a bit of a crack-pot who loves God and
can see to the heart of things. He's also wise. The classroom
teacher will facilitate many of the discussion questions Bildad
throws out. Along
the way, questions are presented for possible discussion, and
you can always count on Bildad the Bible Explorer to have a few
things to say.
Sam's presentation is more than a multimedia storybook with clickpoints
and games. Instead, Good Sam will lead students through the story
and help them to explore "what's behind the story"
through several multimedia activities. Good Sam is part storybook,
part reference work, part quiz program, part discussion starter
and part reflection tool. It even has a cool music video about
being a Samaritan you and your students can talk about (and print
words, Good Sam
here to view a larger version of the Main Good Sam Menu
The Good Sam CD is designed
primarily for use in an educational setting. Most Christian software today is designed
for unsupervised home use and can be adapted for educational
use. Good Sam is the first truly interactive multimedia CD designed
specifically for use as a Sunday School lesson.
Good Sam was designed for
8th graders but can easily stretch to Kindergarteners
and Senior Highs. Good Sam's animated teacher, narrated
Luke 10 retelling, and narrated study notes in Sam Land make
much of the program suitable for younger children. (We
design our software to stretch downward without being babyish
Good Sam can be completed
in one 45 minute class or stretched over several classes. Good
Sam is laid out like a lesson plan with a "direction in mind," -a logical
progression along the lines of Learn it, Understand it, Live
If you take your time, there
is enough material in Good SAM to last at least two class periods.
We've tucked into the screens dozens
of questions and discussion provoking elements. Teachers of younger
children will find plenty to use and enjoy, though some content
and vocabulary will be too difficult for them. (They'll like
the presentation, though, even if they do not understand as much).
Ideally, a prepared 'live' teacher will be exploring
the CD with students right at the computer. But we
also designed Good Sam with inexperienced teachers in mind.
Bildad the Bible Explorer ask questions and make comments just
like a teacher would. At the opening he even suggests the path
through the program for optimum use. Inexperienced teachers simply
need to help students respond to material as it is presented.
We told you
Good Sam was going to be REVOLUTIONARY !
Age Range: Age 8 through
16. Younger and older students will also get a kick out of much
of Good Sam's content.
System Minimums: Windows 95/98/Me/XP,
Mac OS 7.6+, 8 or 9, 200mhz minimum, 266mhz or higher recommended, 32 mb RAM minimum, 64 RAM recommended for easy performance, 24x CD minimum.
of videoram MINIMUM.
Most of Good Sam will run at
200mhz, however, certain animations will work haltingly on 200mhz
chip speeds unless that computer has at least 32
megs of RAM plus decent CD speed and FOUR megabytes of VIDEORAM.
Order: Good Sam the Samaritan $27 each.
$25 each for two or more.
$23 each for 6 or more.
Neil, I just finished teaching
a four week rotation using the new Good Sam the Samaritan CD.
It must say it was a wonderful experience. This being my fourth
year teaching the computer rotation at our church, I can say
was the best piece of software I have ever used. The questions were very challenging
which I think is essential to the learning process. It stoked
a lot of discussion between myself and the students. Who wants
to be a Samaritan was a huge hit with the 5th and 6th graders.
They were laughing throughout the entire game. All grades LOVED
the bible verse scramble. It's funny how some of the things I
would never expect the kids to like turn out to be their favorite.
The students enjoyed listening to the different video characters
on the Sam Cam page, and it was interesting to hear students
shouting out, "He even parked in the handicap spot".
They really identified with the characters and formed strong
opinions about them. The matching game on the Sam Cam page was
very well done as well. --Doug Backus, Good Shepherd Lutheran,
One of our junior high teachers said that the new
"Good Sam" CD was the best kids' software he's seen. --Pat Strandburg, Cupertino CA
Your CD was a huge success. The
kids were completely enthralled the whole class. I've since found
kids pulling the CD out again to play when they have extra time
after class and on Wednesday nights. --Trish Lisa
Good Sam is great. Please make
more like this! Mary Bond, Bryn Mawr Church, Bryn Mawr PA
Dear Neil and Sunday School Software,
As a grandmother of a beautiful new grandson (Dawson Jeremiah),
I think your "Good Sam" program is beautiful.Compared
to all the other programs, ...in a class by itself. --Marty White, educator at Church of
The Good Shepherd, Cashiers NC
It is phenomenal. Wow! Make some more! Linda , DCE at
Palma Ceia Church, Tampa
It really is awesome! -Kay Williams
, UMC educator in Georgia
This is a fun CD with great content.
-Pat, Christian educator in Placentia CA.
Just wanted you to know that
we just started teaching with Good Sam last weekend and it was
I finally feel like the
software and the lesson are in sync. Give yourselves a pat on
the back. It is a great piece of software and the kids love it.
Thanks! -Amy Parker, Church Educator, Texas
Thought you'd be encouraged to
know that GoodSam was very useful in the school. There were five
pupils there, it held their attention well and they all got the
message. Credit your valuable work! -- Gavin Matthews, Arngask
Home Farm, Glenfarg Perth U.K.
Neil- I just finished playing
the Sam CD and my
whole family had stopped what they were doing to see what I was looking at! It is so funny
and entertaining! Our kids are going to love this at Sunday School.
I am still anticipating the arrival of the Ten Commandments CD.
You and your crew are doing a great job! Thanks for being out
there!! --Ellen P.
Good Sam is/was the very first
CD from Sunday Software. In it we made a conscious decision to
raise a new standard for Christian software. It begins with our revolutionary design
and content, and extends to the rich quality of our graphics
and audio. Good
Sam is the very FIRST Christian interactive software ever
to feature a lesson plan design, 3-D animation of a Bible
story, and an onscreen animated teacher. Good Sam debuted in
Fall 2000 and was updated in the Winter of 2002.
Order: Good Sam the Samaritan $27 for one.
$25 each for two to four copies.
$23 each for 5 or more.
here to view our Teacher's Outline of Good Sam
All the texts and questions included
in the CD along with an outline.