Friday, October 8, 2010

The Digital Field Trip Series from Digital Frog

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Digital Frog International, creators of award winning software and familiar to me due to their frog dissection software, sent a review copy of their Digital Field Trip Series consisting of three virtual field trips exploring three distinct eco-systems.

Digifrog Wetlands


The Digital Field Trip to the Wetlands: "Wetland ecology without getting your feet wet, including sections on food webs, nutrient cycles and photosynthesis."


Digifrog Rainforest
             The Digital Field Trip to the Rainforest: "Rainforest ecology, from the rainforests of the world to interdependencies, botany and human impact."

Digifrog Desert
The Digital Field Trip to the Desert: "Deserts of North America and around the world, with in-depth sections on adaptations, homeostasis and landscape formation."

Digifrog Field Trip Series dvd
The Digital Field Trip Series contains all three field trips on one DVD.  It was easy to pop in and get started but not quite what I expected.  For some reason, I had this vision of high quality video and audio presentations.  While it was definitely high quality, I found it was more like a "living textbook".  Once I was over my preconceptions, I discovered that I quite liked it.  Though there is a lot of text to read (thus the textbook feel), there are also a lot of photos, illustrations and interaction that brings it to another level and made this "non-textbook Mom" a fan.

Easy to use and full of more information than we've been able to dig through during the review period, I can see how this would be a wonderful choice for homeschool science.  There are no extra supplies to purchase, no skipping assignments due to not having a particular item, and yet the topics covered are expansive.  There are even workbooks available to print (These were somewhat difficult to find.  Just right click on the CD Drive and select explore to find the "hidden" files!).  The price seemed high to me when I was thinking of these as a supplement, but I believe there is enough here for a full year of science- and you can always add in experiments and projects if you like!

The Digital Field Trip Series home license is available for $125, or you can purchase them individually for $60 each. Check out the Digital Frog YouTube Channel, where you can see samples, and pop over to The Digital Frog Blog too, for more science fun!


*Disclosure: I received this item at no cost, for review purposes.  For more reviews of this product, check out the TOS Crew site.*

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