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Kids Discover Online

By Sally Finley - Posted Sep 1, 2016
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Company: Kids Discover Online, 192 Lexington Avenue, Suite 1003, New York, NY 10016; 212-677-4457; kidsdiscover.com

Price: There are three levels of subscriptions: A free subscription provides access to more than 30 units and 200 topics and also includes the Discover Map and Search. For $4 a month, access is provided to more than 100 units and 1,000 topics; it also includes the Discover Map and Search and three Lexile and reading levels. For $12 a month, access is provided to more than 100 units and 1,000 topics; it also includes the Discover Map and Search, three Lexile and reading levels, KDO Classroom, 34 student usernames, $4 per additional classroom for 1 year, and a desk and lesson planner. School, multi-school, or district plans are available.

Audience: K–12 educators and students

System Requirements: Access to an internet browser

Description: Kids Discover Online is a library of science and social studies materials that can be used on any device.

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Overall Rating:5 Stars
Installation:A
Content/Features:A+
Ease of Use:A
Product Support: A

 

Reviewer Comments:

Installation/Access: Access is through a web browser and requires a username and a password. Installation Rating: A

Content/Features: The online library includes more than 1,000 topics related to science and social studies. Three Lexile and reading levels that consider grammar, vocabulary, and sentence length are provided.

Discover Map is a concept map that connects different subject areas and time periods. Educators have a personal space where they can combine content from the library and save these cross-curricular lessons to their own space. Custom units can be built and planned for upcoming lessons. A free newsletter provides content, special promotions, and sales.

Ten categories include the sciences of Earth, Life, Physical, Human Body, and Space. Social Studies topics include Geography, World History, Technology, American History, and Historical Figures. A blog focuses on topics of interest to educators and includes parent resources. Infographics and Quick Reads provide shorter passages of high interest, nonfiction topics. Content/Features Rating: A+

Ease of Use: Kids Discover Online has a homepage that is easy to use. Ease of Use Rating: A

Product Support: A FAQ feature offers answers to commonly asked questions. Product support is available at appsupport@kids
discover.com. Product Support Rating: A

Recommendation: I started using Kids Discover magazines in my classroom many years ago. In fact, I have saved every issue ever published. I even bought class sets to use with some of my curriculum units. These magazines are a comprehensive collection of informational facts that provide all the necessary concepts and understanding for the content being studied. The outstanding artwork and photographs add to the overall depth of each topic. You can just imagine my excitement at finding this online version of my favorite classroom magazine. I couldn’t wait to sign up. This latest version is just as amazing as the print copies, which are still available. One of the features of the online version is the ability to select an appropriate reading level for each child. The topics are nonfiction and high-interest for the student. The artwork is still amazing and adds so much depth toward understanding the content.

I enjoyed the extras provided by the online version. The blog featured some useful tips for classroom teachers. Parent Resources offered information on topics such as Fitting Nature Into Daily Life, Kids Eating Healthy, and Backyard Science. As an educator, I found the lesson plans to be creative as well as beautifully illustrated. I highly recommend Kids Discover Online. This is one of the best research tools you could ever have in your classroom. Highly Recommended

Reviewer: Sally Finley is an educational consultant based in Coral Springs, Fla. Her email address is sallyfinley1@yahoo.com.

 


 
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