Friday, October 8, 2010

TOS Review: Digital Frog

 HSCrew468x60Animated Have you ever wanted to take a trip to a Belize rainforest to be able to show your child first hand the beauty and intricate creation of such an amazing place? Or what about taking a trip to a bog in Ontario Canada?

imageWell now you can do it without ever leaving the comfort of your home!

Digital Frog offers a virtual field trip DVD which includes

image Each tour has a mapped out route with posts along the way with a 360-degree panoramic (zoomable)view of the area. At each post is a chance to learn something about the eco-system which you are visiting. For example, during my desert trip at one of the stops I learned a little bit about water/rain erosion, while at my next stop I watched two short videos, one about rattlesnakes, another about lizards.

Likes:

The digital frog field trips are a unique and fun way to teach students about eco-systems that they may never be able to actually visit in person. Our family enjoys educational shows, and while those are nice, the digital field trip offers a do-it-at-your-own pace and interest a regular DVD or show could never offer.

A useful (and my favorite) tool that is offered is the “map” which is a visual linear “map” of what is all covered on your trip. Any visually stimulated, organizer’s dream, this map proved very helpful for me. image

Other Thoughts:

The ability to read is necessary to get much from the tours. If your student is not able to read, you would probably need to read (and possibly even interpret to their level) the short articles of information found at each post. 

System requirements:
Windows: Pentium II with Windows 2000, XP or Vista (Pentium III recommended) with a DVD drive, 32 MB of RAM (64 or more recommended) and 75 MB of hard drive space for QuickTime.
Macintosh: G3 300 with CD drive, Mac OSX 10.3.9 or later, 30 MB of available RAM

How to Purchase for Yourself

To find pricing and purchasing information go here.

You can try a free demo version HERE.

Read what others are saying here, on the TOS Crew Blog.

Disclaimer: I was given the Digital Frog Computer DVD for the purpose of this review, the opinions expressed are my own.

1 comment:

Jesse, said...

Nice review, mama!! This has probably been my favorite product to review so far!