I write the Switched-On Schoolhouse Series twice a month to share our family’s experience using this software based curriculum in our home.
One of the things we have really come to enjoy in regards to the Switched-On Schoolhouse software is the Tiny Tutor, which are the embedded video clips that are peppered throughout the lessons. These tiny video boxes (hence their name “Tiny Tutor”), further explain or expound upon the information that the student is learning, where text just isn’t quite enough.
They are especially helpful when the student has trouble comprehending the ideas the lesson is trying to present with text alone. For some students, the auditory component of the video along with the visual of a person speaking the concept, just makes that ‘lightbulb’ go off! It’s amazing to see how a short, concise video even so tiny in size can impact in a way that words on a page simply cannot.
The Tiny Tutor helps to make the subject more interesting, and in our case at least, has helped to master the concept quicker than a text explanation as well as reinforced the idea for better retention.
This up to date learning method meets most of children where they’re at. Most of them (of course not all!) spend a lot more time engaged with media such as YouTube, TV and DVDs then we did as children. So for many of them using the same type of media to learn, makes the lesson clearer to them, then words on the page do.
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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received the products mentioned above for free for review purposes from Alpha and Omega Publishing. I was not required to write a positive review and this product may not have the same results for all people, please do additional research of your own when purchasing products mentioned in reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
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