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Cosmeo

Magazine article Multimedia & Internet@Schools

Cosmeo

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Located online at http://www.cos meo.com/.

Company: Discovery Education, One Discovery Place, Silver Spring, MD 20910; Phone: 888/698-6247; Email: customerservice@cosmeo. com; Internet: http://education.dis covery.com/.

Price: $9.95 per month or $99 for a year. The subscription includes access for one adult and four student users.

Audience: K-12 students at home. The resources are labeled with the appropriate level of interest and ability. With assistance, students of almost any age could search the site and find quality information.

Format: Internet-based homework help resource designed for home use to enhance student achievement.

Minimum System Requirements: An Internet connection and browser. High-speed Internet service provides optimum access to the site's streaming media.

Description: Cosmeo is an innovative approach to helping students with homework and independent studies. The site's resources include 30,000 educational videos, 20,000 images and clip art files, and 27,000 full text encyclopedia articles, as well as 200 brain games, 200 math activities, and links to 200 teacher-approved resources.

Reviewer Comments:

Installation/Access: No installation is required; a user name and password is needed.

A 30-day free trial is available on the home page. Note that you will automatically become a subscriber unless you formally cancel the free trial. Installation/Access Rating: A

Content/Features: The home page opens with a password. This page can be customized to include easy access to learning resources. Students can customize unique home pages by selecting a theme for color and graphics, creating a greeting, and choosing an image to display.

As you enter Cosmeo, you see the current date and a link to events in history for that date. Across the top of the page are links to resources for science, math, social studies, English, health, and art and music. Going down the left side of the page is an area that enables searches for articles by subject.

I entered "Hawaii" in the search engine and found 117 articles, 115 pictures, 86 videos, and one brain game. The articles from the online encyclopedia can be copied or printed with the touch of a button.

Notes can be taken online and saved for later use. Pictures and clip art can be easily captured or downloaded and placed into student reports or presentations. …

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