Our latest review has been the interactive, educational DVD The Digital Field Trip Series 2.5 from Digital Frog that lets you explore The Wet Lands, The Rainforest & The Desert. The disk also includes an electronic versions of material for both the teacher and the student. The workbook materials are located on the disc in each Field trip folder.
So what is The Digital Field Trip to the Wetlands?
This Digital Field Trip uses virtual reality technology to allow students to visit a bog in Ontario without getting their feet wet! It is a truly interactive CD-ROM incorporating animations, narration, games, text, full color photographs and a comprehensive workbook in one easy-to-use package.
The Digital Field Trip to The Wetlands makes learning biology an enjoyable experience; students have fun and are able to learn independently through exploration and discovery.
The Digital Field Trip to The Wetlands teaches the principles of wetlands ecology and encourages an awareness of the importance of wetlands conservation.
The beauty of this disc is the easy installation instructions that just "run". I love anything that doesn't take an IT degree to install or that comes with an instruction manual so thick it's practically a thesis. No this one you just pop in the disc and follow the prompts.
Once Installed What will I Find?
Once in the main menu you can can go off and 'explore' whatever you like. As we're not doing any unit studies in this area at the moment, I just let the kids loose with it. They had a ball. The favorite was taking a closer look at pond life. Water, mud and fascinating creatures is right up my kids alley.
You will be able to take a journey in any of the three ecosystems for a close up view of life. Using your mouse move over & click on anything that takes your fancy. This is totally interactive. The photography is great, but perhaps not National Geographic style. The myriad of creatures available for you to explore with in the three ecosystems is amazing.
So Now The Big Question ~ Price
Like all homeschooling families value for money is at the end of the day the over riding question. While all the three ecosystems are available individually at a price of US$60, we received the set of three all included on the one disk. This is valued at US$125 and is available online. This is a saving of around 20% when purchased this way. (got to love the Australian dollar at the moment, my palpay account is almost in melt down)
So What Did We Thing?
I would give this an 8/10 for its content. At the end of the day for us here in Australia, I would rather narrow the study down and head out with buckets, magnifying glasses and field study guides. But for a sit at the computer style of educational experience this has all you need and more.
Disclaimer~ I received a complementary copy of
The Digital Field Trip Series to review as part of my association with TOS Homeschool Curriculum Review Crew.