Vendor Name: Zane Education
Vendor Contact: Zane Education Contact Us page
Name of Product: Zane Educational Videos
Price: Basic free membership; Gold Membership $17.99 per month or $197.89 a year; Silver Membership $12.99 per month or $142.89; Bronze Membership $8.99 a month or $98.89 a year; Topic Taster $5.00 per month. The Gold membership is your best value
Age/Grade Range: all ages/grades
Zane Education provides “visual learning – on demand subtitled videos, quizzes, study tools, lesson plans” as well as The Missing Piece - which helps students to learn effectively while improving their reading and literacy skills and helping them to not be left behind. On their frequently asked question area about whether or not the videos contain religious teachings or messages the response is that they do not convey any religious or spiritual beliefs but use videos to support educational facts as outlined in K12 curriculum.
That being said, I really like the fact that there are a wide range of subjects covered such as:
- Art – Ancient Greece through the 20th Century as well as other areas
- Biological sciences (there is an area on evolution and natural selection)
- Elementary World Geography
- History, including elementary
- Library Skills
- and much more!
We have been using Zane to compliment what we’ve been learning or what the child’s interest is. It does a wonderful job in filling in the gaps or adding to our current history and science curricula. I’ll be continuing to use this website to add another exciting feature to our school days – although mine still prefer I read their lessons to them. My 6 year old especially like the body videos which showed how the nervous system and other systems of our bodies work in a way that was easy for him to understand. The Getting Started and User Guides can be downloaded for free by visiting Zane Education here.
I barely scratched the surface in watching these videos as there are over 1,500 videos spanning 400 topics with included lesson plans, quizzes and more. While I am a home educator, Zane Education can be used by families who just want to add a little more education to their child’s learning experience – and since it’s aligned with National and State standards for grades K through 12 – it’ll work for just about any child in public, private, virtual school or home schooled! With the subtitles and closed captioning it can help those who struggle to read, while improving those skills without them realizing it.
When I first started out with this, I was very excited, because I was thinking these would be videos like other on demand video sites – but they aren’t. They reminded more of a slide show that I would have been subjected to in the schools I attended, although the sound quality was much better but some videos still appeared to be less modern – which is both a good and bad thing, good because there were no skimpy clothing; bad because most children may not be able to relate to the older style of dress that appears in some videos. This did not bother my 6 and 7 year old however my 10 year old was not as enthused about the videos – I did enjoy learning from them myself even with the sense of nostalgia.
Overall, I liked being able to have videos that are easy to access and available for my children without me having to worry about content as much as I have to with regards to T.V. and I think the quizzes are a good thing but even I struggled with some of the questions because you much pay very good attention to what you are watching and in the body area you have to watch all the videos before you can take the quiz – so if you don’t remember everything you won’t score well. There are downloads of the lesson plans for each video and those can be printed if you desire to do so, along with study helps such as a dictionary, encyclopedia and a thesaurus. Thankfully there are levels for each income level even if the smaller memberships limit they each have something that will work for families who want a little something extra for their students.
You can find Zane Education on Facebook.
If you want to order – now through the end of August 2012 you can receive 35% off any membership order of Bronze, Silver or Gold by using the following, case sensitive code at check out: ZE555HSM
**Disclaimer: As a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew, I received this product, at no cost to me, in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are mine.