We are remiss in writing blogs (too many other things that eat away at our time), so we sent out 100 copies of our Digital Field Trip series – and asked Homeschoolers to blog about them.

WOW – were we ever impressed at the creativity, insights and writing skills  of these busy people who are schooling their children at home.

We also learned that we are not doing a very good job of ensuring users know about ALL of the features available – many of those with younger children wished that the text could be read aloud – it CAN (in whatever “voice” your computer uses) -  by simply pressing R . Some complained the window was too small on high resolution monitors and could not figure out how to change to full screen mode. It CAN be changed under Preferences. This is probably because we authored the Quick Tour before those features were available.

Opinions were overwhelmingly positive – although many pointed out that these are secular programs and do not mention creationism.

We are working on providing links to many of these blogs, but in the meantime will quote a few of our favorites in our own blog.

This one is a quote from Elizabeth in New Zealand:

Our opinion:

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Definitions a-plenty : Nearly every word you will read is well defined. Not only that, but some words even have a sound bite icon and you can hear how it’s pronounced.

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Informative: There is an abundant amount of information on each section. As you go through the field trip you find posts with various information about the plant and animal life in that region. Different concepts are explained in further detail. Animals are discussed in regard to life cycle, habitat, size, food source and where they are found. We have created mind maps around the animals we’ve encountered. Not only do you get what is on the field trip, but when you go into the file you will also find a pdf file with worksheets related to the specific field trip.

You can download a Printable topic summary of the topics that are being discussed in the field trips by following the following link:

http://www.digitalfrog.com/resources/more_than_frogs_and_field_trips.html

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Graphics galore: The graphics on the CD are amazing. There are various pictures of the same animals from different angles. Different types of rainforests are explained with animation to go with it.

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Interesting! The information is all given in such a way that it’s not boring and neither does it ‘talk down’ to the child. Older kids would be able to read it by themselves, but even younger kids (early elementary) would enjoy this when Mum reads it to them. I found it amazing and enjoyed every minute of it.

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Time… flies when you’re having fun. It’s easy for an hour and a bit to fly by when we’ve gone through the next part of the rainforest. It is advisable to take it slow as there is so much amazing information in it.

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Affordable – These field trips can be bought separately at US$60 for a home license or all three at US$125. I think that for the amount of information that is available, the price is not steep. See the full price list for all the products.

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Links page: The website has links to various resources related to the field trip series:

http://www.digitalfrog.com/resources/links.html

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Frogger Club, Frog Blog and FaceBook: you can join the Frogger club for free and get things like extra worksheet, crosswords and video clips. The club is still ‘new’ so I’m sure that this will expand. Apart from the club, you can follow the FROG blog HERE, Facebook HERE.

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RAINFOREST (Wetlands, Deserts) is the region we focussed on (it was a unanimous decision) and as I mentioned before we all love it! We will camp in the rainforest for a while yet before moving on to the Desert and Wetland areas. I’m sure it will keep us busy for a while.

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Outstanding video footage. Yes, there are definitions, yes there are animated graphics, yes there are amazing photographs and yes, there are even video clips!

http://elizabethherr.blogspot.com/2010/10/tos-review-digitalfrog-international.html

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Great product! Honestly, do yourself a favor and have a look at the downloadable demo – the ‘try-before-you-buy’ option! I love when this choice is given…to me it says that they are so certain of the quality of their product that they are happy to make a portion available, knowing people will love it. The demo is available by following this link:

http://www.digitalfrog.com/demo/index.html

You can read Elizabeth’s blog here:

http://elizabethherr.blogspot.com/2010/10/tos-review-digitalfrog-international.html

Thank You Elizabeth.