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24th
May 2012

Study The American West Using Online Video

A Review of The American West using Online Subtitled Video

Review Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

Using these online subtitled videos to study and learn about The American West, you’ll explore and discover how the belief in Manifest Destiny and the dreams of fortune-seekers forged the western frontier and understand the hardships faced by settlers on the frontier.

Zane Education’s library of online educational video includes a comprehensive range of History topics, and today we review the topic of The American West.

The American West is a curriculum-based topic intended for students of 11 years and older up to those of Adult age, or Grades 5 and upwards.

The American West is presented in 3 online videos entitled:

  • The Myths
  • The Reality
  • A Blurred Image

Using these online subtitled videos to study and learn about The American West, you’ll discover how the belief in Manifest Destiny and the dreams of fortune-seekers forged the western frontier and understand the hardships faced by settlers on the frontier.

The objective of these 3 videos on The American West is to help the student:

  • Survey the development of the mythical western hero as portrayed in literature and on-screen, from Natty Bumppo to the Virginian to Shane and the Lone Ranger.
  • Understand the hardships of life faced by settlers on the frontier.
  • Gain insight to the heavy-handed methods used by the U.S. government to acquire western lands, the brutal clashes between white settlers and Native Americans, and the failed dreams of pioneers and gold prospectors.
  • Explore legends that grew up around the real-life exploits of frontiersmen such as Davy Crockett, Daniel Boone, and Kit Carson.
  • Understand key words relevant to studying The American West including: Colt’s equalizer, Cowboy’s Commandments, Deadwood Dick, Law of the West, Martha Canary, Ned Buntline, prairie schooner, range rights, Sam Maverick, Santa Fe Trail, Seven Cities of Cibola, sodbusters, Sooners, squatter’s right, Sutter’s Mill, Tom Mix and white hats.

Sample Video from The American West:


Review Comments:

Zane Education has a unique approach to Visual Learning, and the use of subtitled video to teach the topic ‘The American West’ provides an interesting, compelling and enjoyably effective way for kids to study this subject. The use of subtitled video enables children to study The American West, while at the same time using the subtitles to improve their Reading and Literacy skills – a rare opportunity in education today.

Zane’s approach to the use of online video developed specifically to provide the curriculum-based information about The American West, and the belief in Manifest Destiny and the hardships faced by settlers on the frontier, is a refreshing option to the use of textbooks alone, and the combined use of subtitles with the video allows each child to choose whether to watch, listen to, or read each video presentation – according to their preferred Learning Style.

It provides a wonderfully beneficial experience for the average student, and by providing these choices for kids to process the information according to their level of ability, they make this material on the topic of The American West accessible to a wide range of kids with Special Education needs. Of course the use of online educational video also provides the gifted students the opportunity to study at their own speed – which is essential in enabling each child to achieve their greatest potential.

As always Zane Education out-performs other companies in the online educational video market by providing each topic with its own Lesson Plan – which parents and teachers can download at no cost, online interactive study tools to ensure that each child can study ‘The American West’ thoroughly, and an interactive multiple-choice quiz on the topic.

 

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