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May 2012

Educational Videos for Teachers in the K-12 Classroom

Searching for Online Educational Video for Teachers to Use In the Classroom Can be a Drag

If you have found this page because you are a teacher looking for online video to use in class tomorrow, and don’t have the time to read and enjoy this article about the frustrations that many of your peers are experiencing with this same task, then go directly to this page to access the educational online video you need.

However if you have a few minutes, and are interested in reading about the frustration being suffered by a growing number of teachers like yourself, and the solution – then read on…..

Some people must expect teachers to be miracle workers.

And many of those people, or so it would appear,  can be found amongst the growing number of companies attempting to provide online video for teachers to use in the classroom.

Any as teacher that has ever sat down in the evening and attempted to find an online video that might be suitable for use in a class next day will tell you, it can be a hugely frustrating and time consuming task.

It is disappointing that – with more than 80% of teachers understanding the benefit of using online educational video as a valuable and effective classroom teaching resource – the majority of online educational video providers seem to lack any appreciation of what a teacher really needs.

Above all a teacher needs to be able to find and identify the appropriate online video to use in a matter of minutes, and that video really should be supported.  That support should provide immediate access to a relevant Lessons Plan, the online testing or quiz for that particular video topic, and in an ideal situation – the use of online interactive study tools that enable that topic to be fully explored by either the student or teacher. Yet the vast majority of online educational video services don’t even provide any level of Tech-support.

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.

Apr 2012

Why Is Autism On The Increase?

Is Autism Really on The Increase – or Are We Just Diagnosing it Now?

A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that 1 in 88 children in America has Autism – which appears to indicate a 23 percent increase since the last report in 2009.

And another report I read recently indicated that over the last 15 years that the incidence of Autism had grown by more than 1000% – but interestingly that report also noted that Autism or ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder), is a relatively new disorder, and was not actually being diagnosed and monitored 20 years ago in the way that it is today. Hence one explanation for this dramatic increase. But are there other potential explanations that we should be taking a much closer look at?

Mar 2012

Do You Blog about Education?


Educational Bloggers – We Have a Proposal for you!

If you actively maintain a Blog, or website, that is focused on some aspect of Education including Teaching, Home Education, Special Needs or the use of Technology in Education we have a proposal for you.

What We Do?

Here at Zane Education we use what is currently the largest online library of fully subtitled video developed specifically to teach a wide range of curriculum subjects, to provide a unique  online  subscription-based Visual Learning solution.

The use of properly subtitled video enables each child to choose whether to watch, listen to, or read each presentation, thereby providing for the widest range of Learning Styles and abilities. More importantly though, this enables each student to study each particular curriculum topic, and improve their Reading and Literacy Skills simultaneously – and this is unique!

The use of online video also enables each student to study at their own speed, thereby enabling them to achieve their greatest potential.

With each of our 260+ curriculum topics we also provide online quizzes, interactive video study tools to enable the student to thoroughly explore each topic, Lesson Plans for each topic, free Users Guides for a wide range of specific student requirements, plus a growing selection of other educational resources.

Our use of subtitled educational video and our Visual Learning service provides significant benefits for students of all ages and abilities in the classroom, homeschooling, a wide variety of Special Needs, reading improvement, and for students studying English as a second Language.

Why We Want You?


Mar 2012

Zane Publishing


Zane Publishing Educational Software Now Available Online

If you were a teacher, student, homeschool parent or child at any time between 1995 and 2000 you may well recognise the name Zane Publishing, and this would be because Zane Publishing quickly became an established Brand in the K-12 education market during that time as one of the largest educational software publishers in America.

Unlike many of the educational software publishers at that time they chose not to focus their efforts simply on the core curriculum of Math, Reading and Writing. Instead they developed more than 260 educational CD-ROM titles specifically to teach a comprehensive range of  K-12 curriculum subjects that also included Art, Music, History, Literature, Geography, Science, Biology, Health and Sex Education, Social Sciences, Library Skills and Religious Studies.

Not only did they produce material developed specifically to teach the K12 curriculum, they also developed a resource of over 23,000 multiple-choice questions to provide testing for each of those 260 curriculm topics – currently the largest testing and assessment resource still available – with every correct or incorrect answer being explained so as to ensure that the learning process continued.

The primary concept behined Zane Publishing’s educational software was to ensure that each child was able to study at their own speed thereby enabling each child to achieve their greatest potential. But the academic importance of this educational software was highlighted by the fact that every single  visual presentation was subtitled – otherwise known as closed captions – which ensured that each child had the ability to watch, listen to, or read each presentation. Not only did this mean that the educational material provided for the widest range of Learning Styles – as subsequent research has successfully shown – the availability of subtitles enabled each student to improve their reading and literacy skills as they studied each curriculum topic.

But this article is not intended to be a history lesson. The demand for Zane Publishing’s educational software continues to this day, and we receive a steady stream of enquiries wanting to know where upgraded versions of these educational software titles can be purchased that will run on the latest version of the Windows and Apple Mac operating systems. 

But Zane Publishing was sold in 2000 and the new owners quickly identified the potential problems caused by the constant changes to those operating systems. The solution was to deliver all of that valuable content online.  Now after 4 years preparation work, all of that educational material is now available online here at Zane Education.

Mar 2012

Education for Dyslexia


Educating the Dyslexic Child – Do We Expect Too Much?

Here we are in the 21st Century using a system of Education, a system that was originally designed in the time of the Renaissance, and we are confronted with the challenge of Dyslexia.

That being the case, what do we attempt to do? Yes, we attempt to recreate the wheel.

While I do not want to over-simplify the situation, and I must certainly bow to the knowledge of the experts, to me it appears that we are demanding that those 1 in 8 children with Dyslexia learn another language before we provide them with The Gift of Education – and that is the Language of Text.

If a family decides to move to live in another country where another language is spoken, they expect and plan to be confronted by their children having to learn another language before they can effectively attend school – but surely not in our own country!

In many ways it is ridiculous as expecting a person to learn how to catch and prepare fish before they have a right to eat it.

Visual Learning opens the doors for a child with Dyslexia, and yet we want those with the severest cases of Dyslexia to be removed from school, and placed in special schools for Dyslexic students when the reality is that many, many of these students are extremely intelligent, and simply need to be given an alternative to the textbook.

And the story gets much worse because many of the parents, when they attempt to get those children into those special schools, either find there is no spare places available, or that the costs are prohibitive.

Delivering the curriculum content that the child is required, and often wants to learn and study, by means of audio visual delivery is such a straight forward solution for many of those kids. And the technology is now available to do just that – and it’s available online.

The use of subtitled online educational video developed specifically for the K to 12 curriculum, enables those students to absorb and process the same information being studied by their peers, by watching and listening to video. And the icing on the cake for those with milder forms of dyslexia can use the video subtitles – otherwise known as closed captions – to improve their reading and literacy skills.

For the vast majority of dyslexic students this is a very real and meaningful alternative solution to the use of textbooks, but the significant benefits of using this method, lies in the fact that they can see the words, hear how they are pronounced and from there start to learn more about correct sentence structures, the appropriate context in which to use word and much more.

While many companies are now introducing the use of online educational video, this is not enough, and only one company has taken this to the level where they have added the all-important subtitles in the appropriate manner, to content specifically developed to teach a wide range of topics as required by the K-12 curriculum.

Zane Education is a company that many teachers, schools, parents and dyslexic students themselves are now turning to because they provide a service that delivers this effective Visual Learning service online.

Mar 2012

Educating Special Needs Children At Home


Education for Special Needs – The Sacrifice & The Benefits

I have so much respect and admiration for parents that make the committment to educate their child at home, particularly when that child requires Special Education.

Not only does it often mean that the decision for either Mom or Dad to give up working, or possibly even a career, it also means embarking on a course of challenging themselves to take on a role for which they have more than likely never been formally trained.

Homeschooling any child when you have never been trained as a teacher can be daunting enough if you have little or no understanding of what Home Educating entails, but to take on that committment when you know your child has Special Needs – and many parents must surely wonder if their best is going to be good enough – can only be seen as pretty much the ultimate demonstation of a depth of love that only a parent can have, or understand.

There are those that say that only a specially trained teacher or caregiver has the knowledge or expertise to educate and teach a Special Needs child, but I personally don’t know if I can buy into that. Surely having that level of patience that only a parent of a child can have, and having that intimate understanding of your own child’s abilities, mannerisms and personality, must play an awfully important part. 

While in some ways having other more experienced homeschoolers to turn to for advice, support and encouragement can be beneficial, I believe there can be just as many pitfalls associated with doing that. Many homeschoolers make their own homeschooling activities unnecessaily expensive, overly time consuming and cumbersome. In addition many of their experiences might well not apply in the case of a Special Needs Child.

But there is a thought I have about educating a Special Needs child at home that I find particularly exciting.

Mar 2012

Online Educational Video


Review and Compare Online Educational Video Services

As many as 94% of teachers are doing it in the classroom, an increasing number of Home Educators are beginning to do it, and even the parents and caregivers of Special Needs students are now understanding why they need to do it.

Doing what?

Using online educational video as a powerful and potentially very beneficial teaching aid, that what!

There is no doubt that the audio visual nature of video and movies as an educational tool is extremely useful, after all it is a powerful form of Visual Learning. But choosing which educational video service to use can be like trying to compare apples with oranges.

A recent survey of the many websites now offering online video for educational purposes reveals the good, the bad, and the downright ugly side of what can only be described in most cases as a very misleading situation.

For a start if you are going to use video for teaching children a selection of curriculum topics, it is stating the obvious that you need to use educational video that was designed specfically for the purpose. Trying to use video content that was original designed for television programming and enterainment can hardly be described as being aligned to National or State Standards.

Then of course you have the issue of educational video that is not subtitled. This type of video, no matter how good the content, is essentially only doing 66% of the job. Children – whether they be Special Needs or not – need to have the choice to watch, listen to or read each presentation. It is this that caters for the widest range of Learning Styles and abilities. In fact in 2010 the Government passed laws requiring video providers to provide subtitles – otherwise known as closed captions. Yet because this is the Internet, many providers simply ignore these requirements which is testament to a very prevalent attitude that is if it’s video, and if it’s of a general educational nature, it’s good enough.

Jan 2012

Online Visual Learning: Unique & Affordable

K-12 Educational Video with Subtitles Provides Improved Online Learning

A new online Visual Learning service to develop four specific and easily recognisable Visual Learning brands has been launched online by Zane Education at www.ZaneEducation.com .

The four easily identifiable channels; Zane Classroom, Zane Home Education, Zane Special Needs and Zane ExtraCurriculum, provide the education market in America and a range of other countries with a set of effective Visual Learning tools that can be used in different ways to benefit school and home educated children, children with a wide range of Special Needs, and students studying English as a Second Language.

At the core of the service is Zane’s unique educational video library, which is one of the few providers of education video that has been developed specifically for teaching the K-12 curriculum. This collection of educational video is unique in that Zane is the first online learning company to realize the importance of, and provide subtitles and closed captions for all of their education video.

More than 30 years successful research on subtitles and closed captions on video has been completed by people such as the late Alice Killackey of the Availll Institute and Dr.Brij Kothari amongst others, establishing the link between the use of closed captions on video, and improved reading and literacy skills. However Zane Education has been the first elearning company with the necessary resources to provide that closed captioning on education video, so as to enable children and students to study a wide range of curriculum topics – and improve their reading and literacy skills simultaneously. (more…)