Sunday, July 29, 2012

Zane Education {Schoolhouse Review Crew}

Zane Education provides an effective, subscription-based, online visual learning education solution using subtitled educational videos, quizzes, interactive video study tools and free lesson plans. They provide online learning for 11 different subjects and 260+ K-12 curriculum topics, with more material being added all the time.

For many homeschoolers, Zane provides a complete one-stop-shop Visual Learning-based education solution that provides the curriculum material needed for children from Kindergarten through Grade 12.

Included features:
  • Online subtitled videos deliver the curriculum content for each topic.
  • Online interactive quizzes provide online testing for each topic.
  • Interactive study tools on each video page allow aspects of each video to be further explored and investigated.
  • Lesson Plans provide further activities for the parent or teacher to ensure each topic is explored in a structured and thorough manner.
  • Study Center providing additional resources including the World Fact Book to support study and additional resources are constantly being added.
  • Getting Started Guide and a selection of User Guides for a range of different students, which are freely downloadable to ensure that each student is able to use the resources provided for their greatest benefit.

The benefits of Visual Learning and using subtitled video to deliver curriculum content include:

It effectively provides for most learning styles, enabling each child to choose to process the information by watching, listening to, or reading each presentation, thereby allowing him to process that information in the most beneficial and effective manner.

Using video to learn provides each child with a more interesting, compelling and fun manner by which to learn. It attracts and maintains his interest and concentration for longer periods of time.

Using online video enables each child or student to study at his own speed, and thereby achieve his greatest potential.

Not only is this a more compelling form of learning for the average child, it also provides a meaningful solution for a wide range of special needs including Dyslexia and Reading Difficulties, Learning Difficulties, Hearing and Visual Impairment, Autism, ADD and ADHD, the disabled, and other Special Needs requirements.

The provision of subtitles on each video (except Math) capitalizes on more than 30 years of successful research that has demonstrated the link between the use of subtitles on TV and video, and the ability to significantly improve reading and literacy skills.

Used appropriately, the benefits of using the subtitles include:
  • Each student has the opportunity to study each topic and improve his/her reading and literacy skills at the same time.
  • Each video can be used as a standalone reading improvement resource.
  • Children learning English as a Second Language can use each video to study the same range of curriculum content as their English-speaking peers while using the interactive study tools and the subtitles to improve their English Language skills.

Some of the topics we covered: History Through Art (which I enjoyed); Elementary Geography (Little Bit especially enjoyed the video/slide show about Hawaii....his most favorite place in the world); and Great Composers (this was Botanist Boy's choice).

I like the way they list the video by topic, as well as listing them by grade level.

Frankly, when I hear the term, "video," I imagine movie/animated videos. These are more like PowerPoint slide presentations, with narration, and subtitles. Some do have video clips embedded. But you cannot enlarge them, to screen-size, which is hard on my aging eyes.

While some parents could perhaps use it as stand-alone curriculum, I see us using more as supplemental, to add more to whatever subject we might be covering in our core curriculum topics.

Please note: There is evolutionary content in several of the videos. If this would be an issue in your home, you might wish to preview the videos before sharing them with your children. While we didn't come across this in any of the videos we actually watched, you might want to be aware if watching any of the science videos, etc.

You will want to especially check out the Christian Home Learning Guide, a 420-page publication specially written for us by Marshall Foster and Ron Ball. This book is a comprehensive publication that reviews all of the content and material introduced in our videos and demonstrates how it conforms to Biblical teachings and beliefs.

Free Membership~Free demo videos, Maths videos
Topic Tester~All videos for one topic ($5.00/month)
Bronze~All videos in a subject ($8.99/month; $98.89/year)
Silver~All videos for an age or grade level ($12.99/month; $142.00/year)
Gold~All videos, best value ($17.99/month; $197.89/year)
(Pricing in US dollars)

Discount Promotion Code: ZE568HSM for 35% discount on the purchase of any annual 12-month Gold, Silver or Bronze Membership subscription through until the end of August, 2012.

Zane Education has offices located in:
North America
New Zealand - HQ

Contact Information:
30 Rewi Street
Auckland 0630
New Zealand
Or in the USA:
Zane Education
2060-D Avenida De Los Arboles, #675
Thousand Oaks, CA 91362
Phone: +64.9.473 2280
+1.650.488-8204 (General and All Tech Help)

Remember to check out what the rest of the Crew has to say about Zane Education.
Disclaimer: As a Schoolhouse Review Crew blogger, I am provided a free copy of the book, curriculum or product to test and use in order to write an honest review. I receive no other compensation and the opinions I share are my own and not influenced by the company in question.
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