Thursday, March 17, 2016

EdTechLens (TOS Review)


Rainforest Journey EdTechLens Review
Disclosure: I received a complimentary product from Ed Tech Lens through Schoolhouse Review Crew in exchange for an honest review.

We've been using Rainforest Journey, a fun online science program from Ed Tech Lens as part of our homeschool day for 1st grade and Kindergarten levels.  The program is a one-year online subscription to a single grade level of content, with a usage suggested by the company for anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes per day.  It is for students in Kindergarten through fifth grade.  There are multiple units that are broken down into different chapters and lessons.  Each lesson has either pictures, videos or a combination of both along with a short worded text.  There is an option to have the text read aloud, which is an excellent idea for new and beginning readers.  At the end of each lesson, is an age appropriate lesson review and vocabulary words.  There is also another section devoted to interviews, trip journals, and other videos.

Rainforest Journey EdTechLens Review

B used Rainforest Journey at their first grade level. Each of the lessons is aligned with Common Core, which as a homeschool Mom I was not crazy about at first.  I realized though that he was doing very well going through the lessons, and this showed me he is on par with fellow students his age and grade level.  He absolutely loved the pictures and videos of the animals.  It was nice to be introduced to new animals and vocabulary words we hadn't heard of before.  We learned about the environment they lived in, what they ate, and how they related to other animals around them.    Future lessons include learning about more animals, adaptation, different ecosystems, and plants and fungi.

B enjoyed being able to have the lessons read to him.  He is still learning to read so this is a wonderful resource.  He also liked that instead of being on the desktop, I could download a PDF of the lesson to a tablet, and we could read the lesson together.  I thought the lesson reviews were perfect for a first grade level, and included questions about comprehension and also more in depth questions, like what story would the child write about the specific animal or environment in a given lesson. 

Rainforest Journey EdTechLens Review

We also had the chance to review the Kindergarten level of  Rainforest Journey for my four year old, who is in pre-K.  He thought it was very cool to be learning at the Kindergarten level, even though he is only a few short months away from that.  The units matched that in the first grade level, but the lessons varied.  It was a more simple and shorter text, which I thought was great because of the attention span of a four to five year old in this level.  He enjoyed the pictures, but loved that some of the videos had a musical melody or rainforest sounds with it that was calm and soothing for him.  There were lesson reviews and vocabulary lessons at the end of each lesson as well, but much more simple than the first grade level.  These were Common Core aligned also, but had him draw a picture or write a word describing the scenario, instead of writing up a whole sentence or paragraph compared to the first grade level.

This online science program is very well put together and thought out.  There are tabs for the course outline, managing a class, support, and teacher resources such as lesson plans, unit assessments and ides for hands-on activities.  The hands-on activities are broken down for both classroom and homeschool users.  Some of these activities included sheets for printing out and matching an animal to a home that it can build or not build for example.  

Rainforest Journey EdTechLens Review

I like the flexibility that this can be used for homeschool families or classroom use.  I think this would make an amazing science lab for a classroom or even a co-op.  There is an option to purchase for 2-5 students for this very reason such as a co-op, having twins, or multiple students in the same grade but it is only for 2-5 students within the same grade.  If you have children or students in different grades, it is best to purchase the single user for each of their grades.  I think it is an excellent supplement for science learning, and the pictures and videos are incredible.     
 
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 Blessings,

Kelly

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18 comments:

  1. I wish I had stuff like this when my kids were younger. Very cool that it was so engaging, too. That's the tough part - to teach kids, you have to engage them and capture their attention.

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    1. Hi, coach-daddy. This was definitely a wonderful program to keep their attention. The videos and pictures were gorgeous. Thanks so much for commenting and hope you a great day :)

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  2. I think it's amazing that companies now are also catering to the needs of home-schooled children. I like this.

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    1. Very true, Lux! It is amazing the amount of material available to homeschoolers today. Thanks for commenting and hope you have a wonderful week! Blessings :)

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  3. That looks amazing! I think my middle son would LOVE this. He is crazy about animals.

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    1. Hi, Mother of 3! My oldest loves animals also, so he thought this program was phenomenal! Thanks for stopping by to comment and hope you have an amazing week :)

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    1. Thanks, Mary! Hope you have a wonderful week and thanks for stopping by to comment :)

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  5. Fabulous program and am sure my kids would love it too..

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    1. Hi, Treat and Trick! This is an amazing program for children! Thanks for commenting and hope you have a wonderful week :)

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  6. This is an amazing program! Thanks for sharing with us at Snickerdoodle Sunday! Pinned and tweeted to share.

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    1. Thanks, Laurie! It truly is a wonderful program. I appreciate you pinning and tweeting! Hope you have a fantastic week and thank for commenting :)

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  7. I always think technology is such a great asset to learning science - even in the classroom, we used it (our textbooks actually all converted to it!) and it really allowed the students to have more varied exposure to experiments and things we couldn't have otherwise provided at school. Thanks for joining us at #FridayFrivolity!

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    1. Hi, Lisa and thanks for stopping by from #FridayFrivolity! This is true. It is amazing the learning that can happen from technology. Thanks for commenting and hope you have a wonderful week :)

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  8. What a great resource, Science can be a harder subject to teach. Thanks for sharing with #theCozyReadingSpot

    Hope to see you again tomorrow

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    1. Hi, Marissa and thanks for hosting #theCozyReadingSpot! It truly is and this program makes it easy and fun for kids, so it's a great resource! Thanks for commenting and hope you have a wonderful week :)

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  9. This really is a beautiful curriculum. Thanks so much for linking up at Booknificent Thursday this week on Mommynificent.com!
    Tina

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    1. Hi, Tina and thanks for hosting Booknificent Thursday! My sons really had a blast with this awesome curriculum. Thanks for commenting and hope you have a wonderful weekend :)

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