Cosmeo in the news


That new website I wrote about, Cosmeo, was reviewed in the Wall Street Journal today.  Pretty positive review too!  They did have a few technical issues playing some of the videos in pesky browsers like Firefox (my browser of choice), but that didn’t hold them back from giving it a thumbs up. 

"Though Cosmeo is heavy on videos, it offers much more, including encyclopedia articles, links to related material on the Internet, and what it calls Brain Games, like hieroglyphic translations and building a volcano.  And most of the material comes from educational sources.

Though we ran into a few technical problems here and there, we found the service to be  a useful and engaging learning tool that can help sutdents study at their own pace, in the comfort of their own homes.  What’s more, parents can learn how to help their kids."

By | 2006-04-05T08:45:38+00:00 April 5th, 2006|Tech|1 Comment

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  1. Ben 4/8/2006 at Apr 08, 06 | 7:15 pm

    I’ve been seeing the commercials for Cosmeo for awhile now Steve, and until you mentioned it here I hadn’t thought twice about looking at the site. To be honest, the commercials painted an all too rosey picture of kids racing home to get online and study geometry among other subjects. Not to be synical, but I found the idea of kids being that excited to go to a learning site and not the typical sites they visit (Yahooligans, Cartoon Network, WWF, etc.) to be a bit dubious.

    However, I did notice the 30-day free trial, so I’ll give it a whirl. I’m curious, do you know if they plan on having teacher and/or classroom accounts? Something to use at school and then translate to home might be more beneficial. That and my school already pays for the United Streaming service, another Discovery Channel entity, so I’d be very interested to know if my school could pick up an account for our 1-to-1 laptop classrooms.

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