Wednesday, June 7, 2017

MarshMedia (Review)

Have you ever wished you had just a little something extra to add to your health and hygiene studies?   Today's review of MarshMedia may be just the thing you're looking for.   This online product offers 54 health education videos geared towards student K-8.  If you wish to take advantage of the opportunity to introduce the MarshMedia curriculum to your homeschooler(s) go to their Homeschool Special page for details.

For this product, you don't buy the video, but rather you rent the videos for a 24 hour period.   The 24 hours begins when you start watching the video for the first time.   You can watch the video more than once in that time frame, but after 24 hours your rental expires.   If you are planning to preview the video prior to showing it to your students, you need to make sure you get your timing right.   The videos are, in my opinion, quite pricey so you need to make sure you don't lose your window of opportunity.

I watched several of the videos without my kids, prior to letting them watch.   The content in the videos is explained  clearly and in kid friendly terms.  Usually there are either real people or animated characters, or a mixture thereof depending on the subject matter, as well as a catchy song to help your student remember some of the key points.   In watching the videos, I found nothing that was objectionable as far as any questionable agenda being pushed. There is no religious slant, nor anti religious sentiments contained that I could spot.

I will suggest that you do preview the videos to make sure the content is what you had in mind and that it is appropriate for your child's maturity level.  For example one of the videos I picked was "A Girls Guide to Puberty and Personal Safety".   The video was done in animation, but I was surprised that it started out with Chapter 1 - Boys Bodies and then went on to cover the changes in male bodies during puberty (with graphics), all the way through procreation before getting to girls and puberty and the safety aspect.   The majority of the information covered was in fact about procreation and the how's thereof.   While it was done tastefully and clinically, it wasn't what I was expecting and I'm glad I watched it before showing it to my eleven year old.   There was "stranger danger" coverage and how to tell what is inappropriate touch, but still it wasn't what I was expecting based on the title.

The videos cover a wide range of topics including hygiene, health, puberty education, safety, immune system disorders, head lice (eeewww), nutrition and special needs.   In the safety area, there's a helpful video for teachers/parents on what to do in an active shooter on campus situation.   Granted, as homeschoolers, we don't typically have that as an issue.   However, if you are part of a co-op, or even do a lot of group field trips the information is still very valuable.  It always better to be educated an not need the knowledge than to be clueless and in need.

If you wish to take advantage of the opportunity to introduce the MarshMedia curriculum to your homeschooler(s) click here for details.

If you would like to read other Crew member reviews of this product, click here.


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2 comments:

  1. Hi Joesette,
    I want to personally thank you for your thoughtful and honest comments about our products! I have been impressed with all of the blogs posted thus far and I am equally impressed with all of the support I have received from the staff of the Old Schoolhouse magazine.
    I did however want to clear up a misunderstanding mentioned in your blog. You mentioned the 24 hour time limit and indicated our programs were a little "pricey." Because we failed to clarify this at the beginning of the review period I can certainly understand how you came to this conclusion. If a person reading your blog clicks on "Homeschool Special" they will be directed to page where they can "buy" access to 59 of our titles for the one time price of $50.00. That's less than $1.00 per program! What the person is actually purchasing is a subscription to have unlimited access to these 59 titles until 12-31-17. They can view all of these programs as many times as they like, as often as they like,and there is no stipulation that they view the program within a 24 hour period. You are right however, that a person not included in this offer would have to go our website and "rent" one of our programs for $29.95 and they would need to view the program within a 24 hour period. The homeschool offer was placed on a microsite which enabled us to allow the unlimited viewing without time constraints. Again, the only stipulation is that the offer expires 12-31-17 so all viewing must be completed by then.
    I hope this clears things up and I apologize our we didn't make this more clear. Thank you again and have a great day!

    Dan Witcher
    MarshMedia

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