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May 2012

Exploring Communities Using Online Video

A Review of Exploring Communities Using Online Subtitled Video

Review Rating: 4.0 out of 5 Stars

Using these online subtitled videos will enable younger children to study and learn about Communities. They will begin by answering the question ‘What is a community?’ after which Lollipop Dragon, Apple Blossom, and Bitty take the children of Tumtum on an adventure through urban, rural, and suburban communities.

Zane Education‘s library of online educational video includes a range of Geography and Social Studies topics, and today we review the topic of Exploring Communities.

Exploring Communities is a curriculum-based topic intended for students of 8 years to 14 years of age, or Grades 2 to 8.

Exploring Communities is presented in 4 videos entitled:

  • What is a Community
  • Exploring Urban Communities
  • Exploring Rural Communities
  • Exploring Suburban Communities

Using these online subtitled videos to study and learn about Exploring Communities, younger children will begin by answering the question ‘What is a community?’ They then accompany Lollipop Dragon, Apple Blossom, and Bitty as they pursue an adventure through urban, rural, and suburban communities.

The objective of these 4 videos on Exploring Communities is to help children:

  • Explore communities that vary in size and structure, and how they change over time, having a history and heritage, and will continue to change.
  • Cite ways in which a community meets the needs of its members, using available resources and technology.
  • Discover how members of the community work together to be responsible citizens.
  • See some of the rights and responsibilities belonging to members of the community.
  • Discover the ways in which communities are interdependent, linked by transportation, communication, and trade.

Sample Video from the topic of Exploring Communities:

Review Comments:

Zane Education’s unique approach to Visual Learning and the use of subtitled video to teach the topic ‘Exploring Communities’ provides an interesting, compelling and enjoyably effective way for kids to learn about urban, rural, and suburban communities. The use of subtitled video enables children to learn about and understand Communities, 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 different types of Communities 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.

Online video provides a wonderfully beneficial experience for the younger student, and by providing these choices for kids to process the information according to their level of ability, they also make this material on the topic of Exploring Communities accessible to a wide range of kids with Special Education needs. Of course the use of online educational video also provides the gifted child with 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, Teachers and Home Educators can download at no cost, online interactive study tools to ensure that each child can study ‘Exploring Communities’ thoroughly, and an interactive multiple-choice quiz on the topic.


Zane Education provides a unique and highly beneficial Visual Learning approach to online learning and the K-12 curriculum. All resources are provided free with except the use of Zane’s subtitled online video library which is the largest of it’s kind currently available online. A free Registration is required for free Basic Membership and those wishing to use the subtitled video library for it’s curriculum-based content can upgrade to either Bronze, Silver or Gold Membership by purchasing the relevant monthly or annual subsciption which starts as low as only $8.99 per month.


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