For the past couple of months, we have been using Zane Education in our homeschool. Zane is one of those products that I am thrilled to have received free for review, because I likely would not have found out about it otherwise! Explaining Zane is a little difficult, but essentially, it is a website composed of 1,600 subtitled online educational videos accompanied by study guides, lesson plans, and online quizzes. Topics covered range from history to science to art. Each video is a few minutes long, but multiple videos are compiled under specific topics. For an idea of what the videos are like, see the free daily video here. The best way I can think of to describe the videos is that they are reminiscent of the film strips those of us in our 30s grew up with in school. In fact, they make me a little nostalgic!
What sets Zane apart from other websites that host educational videos is the subtitling. Recognizing that seeing words fixes them in children's minds, all of Zane's 1,600 videos are subtitled. Thus, as they are narrated, children actually see the words on the screen. Zane calls this innovation "The Missing Piece." Because children have different learning styles, unsubtitled videos that cater primarily to auditory learners miss the mark with more visual learners. Subtitles address that disparity.