Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Cosmeo

Billed as "Discovery Channel's Online Homework Help Service", Cosmeo is a collection of videos, still pictures, web links, "Brain Games," and tutorials for kindergarten through high school. This is a subscription site that costs around $10/month and we've found it to be very worthwhile.

At your fingertips are literally thousands of videos and clips from Discovery and their parent company, United Streaming, searchable by entering a keyword or two or by following a cascading menu by subject area. We've found the videos most useful for science and social studies topics. Before visiting the King Tut exhibit a few years ago, for instance, we watched several videos about Egypt. When we were all down with the flu last year, we watched videos about germs. My son takes his newest Ranger Rick magazine to the computer each month and looks up the animals he's interested in. He also looks at still photos and articles about the animals.

We've also had a lot of fun with the Brain Games section. This large collection of Flash based games has taught us about the human body, chemistry, and most recently beginning programming skills.

Although you can find videos on YouTube and there are many free games out there, it's nice to have a child friendly collection of resources at our fingertips. The account includes one parent login and four student logins, which can be shared with family and friends.

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