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Monday, July 30, 2012

Zane Education

The majority of our school work comes from living books. We usually have a workbook for math & we sometimes have a computer program, educational game, or video to change things up. Lately we have been watching educational videos at Zane Education.

Zane Education offers on demand videos with subtitles, quizzes, study tools, and lesson plans. They offer videos for every subject but the thing that makes them so unique is that all the videos except math contain subtitles.
There is so many benefits of watching videos with close captioned subtitles that is has been called The Missing Piece. It is easy for us to understand how this would help a person with hearing problems or those who are learning English as a second language but research has shown that subtitles can dramatically improve reading and literacy skills.

The educational videos at Zane cover every subject and are for grades K-adult. There are 1544 videos divided into 384 topics, 260 quizzes, and lesson plans. Videos can be searched by subject or grade. In the Study Center you have access to World Fact Book, Video Glossary, Zane Dictionary, Zane Thesaurus, Zane Encyclopedia, catalogs, and downloads.
All three of my girls ages 7, 10, & 11 have been using Zane. Since it is our summer break I just let them choose what they wanted to watch. They watched some history and then headed to the music section and started learning about composers (Amber & Delaney both love music so this didn't surprise me). The Great Composers are not actually videos, they are a series of pictures with the subtitles at the bottom. They look kind of like a picture book with more information & sound. We learned about the composers and listened to their work. All three of the girls enjoyed this series and they listened to some songs they hadn't heard before & now they have a few new favorites. The quizzes are completed on the computer. The question is read and then you choose which answer you think is correct.

I have been very impressed with the video content. They are not all about entertainment and I really like the subtitles. I haven't noticed any improvements in the girls reading yet but I really like that they can see the spellings. In the composers videos we see their names several times & since some of them don't sound like they look it has helped them connect the spelling with the sound. Some videos contain evolution ideas but I will use those as teaching moments about what we believe about creation.

There are several different pricing options and there is a chart comparing the benefits of each level by visiting the membership page.
FREE Membership
GOLD Membership ~ All videos for $197.89 per year or $17.99 per month.
SILVER Membership ~ All videos for an age/grade for $142.89 per year or $12.99 per month.
BRONZE Membership ~ All videos in a subject for $98.89 per year or $8.99 per month.
TOPIC TASTER Membership ~ Ideal for testing the services $5.00 for one month.

Zane Education also has a 424-page Christian Home Learning Guide and it is the Christian companion to the online learning videos. Normally this is $49.95 but it is free with the purchase of  an annual subscription.

Purchase any annual 12-month Gold, Silver, or Bronze Membership by the end of August and you can receive 35% off by using the promotional code above.

Zane Education has a facebook page where they like to share their knowledge to encourage you daily.

Disclaimer: As a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew I received a one-year subscription to Zane Education, free of charge, to use with my children in exchange for my honest review.

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