Vocab Videos is a web-based program designed to teach SAT vocabulary to students. The concept is simple: students watch short, funny videos (many of them based on popular television programs) that use the vocabulary words in context and the presentation helps them to remember the meanings of the words. The website also has extras like quizzes, worksheets, and a multi-media flashcard maker. You can also purchase an additional workbook to use with the program.
The videos begin with a shot of the word and the definition followed by a brief skit illustrating the definition. Typically, each video is under a minute long, but the videos are done in a series, with the storyline of the skit being followed to completion, illustrating many vocabulary words along the way. The videos are well done and do a very good job of painting a concrete picture of the word. I can see how these would be very useful for teaching vocabulary.
As the teacher, you have the ability to add students to the program, and then monitor them and the work they do. The additional crosswords and worksheets were helpful, and the interactive quizzes gave immediate feedback to the student when they were done. Quizzes are also available to be downloaded and printed out. You can even create your own flashcards to use when studying.
Now, while I love the concept behind Vocab Videos, I did have a problem with some parts of the program. Keep in mind that these videos were created for teachers to use in school, and are meant to appeal to current teen culture. While they are funny, their humor was not something I considered appropriate for my boys. The Lord’s name is used in vain (a lot) and some of the scenarios seemed better suited to adults instead of kids. (One of the skits is based on the movie Scream, something I won’t even allow my boys to watch!) I would strongly suggest previewing the videos yourself before you show them to your child.
A small (meaning less than 20 students) subscription to Vocab Videos will cost you $74.99. While I think this program has a lot of value in the method it uses to teach vocabulary, I don’t think I would be able to use it because the language and situations simply don’t mesh with our family’s lifestyle. However, I would suggest you make your own decision by checking out the 1-month free trial they have available. For more information on pricing, click here:
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**Disclaimer: I was given free access to this product for the purpose of writing this review. All opinions expressed are my own.