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Reviewed on November 1, 2012  |  Digital Resources

Grade Level Grades 3–5Cost The cost of Freedom Flix varies depending on the type of institution, with an annual subscription for a single school building costing $895, for example. The print books are sold separately. Freedomflix meets several grant requirements including qualifying for LSTA federal funding. The service works on all tablets and mobile devices.Overview Each of the 30 ebook titles included in this database follows the same template to allow for easy movement around the collection. Once a title is selected, the image of the print book appears, as does a menu for some of the enhanced content. The enhanced content menu for each book has sections titled, "Watch It," "Read It," "Explore More," "Related Websites," "Project Idea," "What Do You Think?" and "Show What You Know."Content and Usability Each whiteboard compatible "Watch It" section consists of a one- to two-minute video that begins with a Google-maps-based TruEarth image. Once the camera zooms in on the relevant locale, a montage of period paintings, drawings, photographs, and modern-day reenactment footage transitions smoothly as an easy-to-understand, natural-voiced reader narrates."Read It," also whiteboard compatible, features the full content of the print book with polished digital features that allow readers to tailor their learning experience to their needs. A menu runs along the top of the screen, allowing readers to access the book's table of contents and glossary with one click. Users can also choose the audio feature in which a narrator reads (in one of two speeds) the content of the ebook, including captions. A zoom in and out feature allows readers to increase or decrease the font size. Other features include a digit...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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