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Monday, August 23, 2010

Giveaway #1: History Channel's Instant Expert DVDs- CLOSED


When A&E asked me to host a giveaway of the History Channel's Instant Expert DVDs, there was only one catch: I had to post it before Sept. 1st. It couldn't be more perfect, just in time for my Birthday Bash!

This is a set of 6, brand-new DVDs. Retail value, about $80. The videos vary in length (the average is about 90 minutes) and are suggested for Middle School to High School age students. Each includes an on-screen interactive quiz, as well as a very brief (one folded sheet) Teacher's Guide with suggested books, projects, discussion questions, and links to informative websites for further study. Production quality is high, as you've come to expect from the History Channel. Format varies a bit from DVD to DVD, but for the most part, there's a good mix of interviews from experts, computer graphics and dramatizations to keep your students' interest.

I enjoyed previewing Egypt, hosted by Peter Weller (I said to my hubby, "No, way, it's Robocop!" at almost precisely the same time he said, "It's Buckaroo Bonzai!"---all kidding aside, Peter Weller actually is a respected scholar, wink). In spite of some obvious CGI and a few awkward moments of Weller huffing and puffing himself up and down shafts in a pyramid while trying to talk, the production is nicely done. Not, by any means, an incredibly in-depth study, but a good starting place to inspire further research. There are plenty of nuggets here, especially on Egyptian architecture and I liked the way they placed each of the Pharaohs in time.

I can't wait to watch the rest of them. And one of you will get to watch them, too!

EGYPT

Through cutting-edge digital graphics and interviews with noted Egyptologists, EGYPT explores the civilization’s awe-inspiring engineering accomplishments, chronicling the pharaohs and feats that helped build the world’s first superpower. (from the cover)


BEOWULF

The legend of Beowulf, the Viking world’s most famous warrior, is the ultimate tale of courage. Pit against thirsty invaders, barbaric monsters, and a fire-breathing dragon, BEOWULF emerged as Norse mythology’s greatest hero. (from the cover)


FRENCH REVOLUTION

The story of THE FRENCH REVOLUTION is an epic tale of political rebellion and economic upheaval. From the grandeur of Versailles and the marriage of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette, to the disintegration of the revolution nearly a decade later, THE FRENCH REVOLUTION details this pivotal period in European history. (from the cover)


THE MAYFLOWER

The epic saga of the pilgrims and their journey to and colonization of the New World is one of the fundamental narratives of our nation. THE MAYFLOWER explores the true story of the pilgrims and how the colony’s saga continued in the decades after their fateful voyage. (from the cover)


BEN FRANKLIN

Narrated in a straightforward, conversational tone, BEN FRANKLIN features in-depth interviews with renowned biographers and historians, as well as on-location reenactments shot in high-definition, for a truly remarkable walk in this founding father's footsteps. (from the cover)


THE STORY OF OIL

An energy source unrivaled in efficiency and power, oil is the driving force behind today’s industries and economies. THE STORY OF OIL traces the story of oil through the centuries, from its birth deep in the dinosaur-inhabited past to its
ascendancy as an indispensable ingredient of modern life.


Here's what you need to do to win.

Deadline: Monday, Aug. 30, 2010 (midnight EST).

Mandatory to enter: Leave me a comment on this post. (That's really it!)

Note: If your profile is not public or does not show your email, please please please type your email into the comment. If I can't find your email, and I draw your entry, I'll have to draw a new winner, not exceptions.

Optional additional entries (leave a separate comment for each entry):
  • Grab my Birthday Bash button (right sidebar) and put it in your sidebar. (1 entry)
  • Follow me in GFC. (1 entry)
  • Follow me on Twitter and tweet this giveaway. (1 entry)
  • Blog about the Birthday Bash at Homeschooling Hearts and Minds, linking to my main url. (1 entry)
Disclosure: I received a free set of 6 DVDs (the DVDs spoken of in this post) produced by the History Channel from A&E. The winner's DVDs will also be provided by A&E. Opinions expressed are my own, I was not required to provide a review of the product.

88 comments:

  1. Oh, I would love to win this set of DVDs! Please enter me. :)

    ajandmichelle AT juno DOT com

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  2. I do follow you on Google Friend Connect. :)

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  3. Oh, wow, I would LOVE to win this. :)

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  4. I follow you in Google Friend Connect.

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  5. I added your button to my blog :)

    Have a fun, fun Birthday Bash!

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  6. My kids would probably like these, count me in!

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  7. I posted your giveaway on my blog. Happy Blog Birthday!

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  8. I have your button on my sidebar.

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  9. Dvds are always great to slide kids into learning! Enter me please!

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  10. Your button is in my sidebar for the Birthday Bash.

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  11. Sign me UP...I'd LOVE these!! whoohoo~Happy Birthday! ;-))

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  13. This would be fun to won!

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  14. I'd like to watch the Ben Franklin one first.

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  15. This looks really awesome! (Debbie sent me over, too!)

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  16. Please enter me! What a great giveaway!

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  17. These sound wonderful and my husband will love them just as much! Please enter me too for the DVD's

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  18. I have your button on my blog!

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  19. I'm following you on Google Friend

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  20. Were these accurate?
    I watch the history channel sometimes, and am amazed at how inaccurate they can be, especially when it comes to biblical things.

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  21. I would love this!!!! Enter me, enter me!!!

    southpaw16 (at) carolina (dot) rr (dot) com

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  22. I have your button up on my blog:

    www.rubyslippersschool.com

    :)
    southpaw16 (at) carolina (dot) rr (dot) com

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  23. Following you on Google now!!

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  24. This is an awesome giveaway. Please count me in!

    Laura O from the TOS Crew

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  25. Great giveaway! My kids would love these!! quinnschilling@gmail.com

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  26. I blogged about your bash and included button on Sunday:) quinnschilling@gmail.com

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  27. Added your birthday Bash Button! quinnschilling@gmail.com

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  28. I follow you in GFC! quinnschilling@gmail.com

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  29. Hey! These sound cool! Our extremely BASIC cable (for the first time ever, in honor of the Olympics this winter) famly would enjoy these, I think. :)

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  30. Excellent giveaway!!! I would love to win this set of dvds. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  31. Please enter me for these DVD's! They would fit right in with our middle school and high school curriculum! (mariamom5@comcast.net)

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  32. great Blog Susan. love your giveaways.

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  33. the MAYFLOWER sounds very interesting

    tiramisu392 (at) yahoo.com

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  34. Wow! This is awesome! I'd love to watch the Mayflower DVD, we are studying the colonists and early America this year.

    emily DOT delaney AT gmail DOT com

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  35. Wow! What an awesome give-a-way!
    ~Jen Unsell
    unsells{at}yahoo{dot}com
    www.theunsells.blogspot.com

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  36. This would be so wonderful to win! Thank you!

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  37. I followed with Google Friend Connect. Thank you!

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  38. Thanks for the great giveaway! My boys love history!

    leahforlove(at)aol(dot)com

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  39. Following too!

    thanks!
    leahforlove(at)aol(dot)com

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  40. Wow!Please enter me!!!!!!! They look wonderful!

    clarksrfun at gmail dot com

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  41. I signed up to follow you.

    clarksrfun at gmail dot com

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  42. I am adding your button to my blog.

    clarksrfun at gmail dot com

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  43. This looks like a good series. We would love to win!

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  44. what an amazing set! we are homeschooling younger kids while yorking with youth in a childrens home...this would be a GREAT addition to their schooling as they often struggle staying intrested!

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  45. This sounds fantastic. We'd love it here!! gentleartofchaos (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  46. This set of DVD's sounds wonderful. I love the history channel. Thank you for the chance to win.

    brandimbeavers(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  47. I would love to have these for my daughter. Thanks for the chance :)

    jslegspoet at yahoo dot com

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  48. Wow! I would love these! Thanks for the giveaway and Happy Birthday!

    joyfulearner at zoho dot com

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  49. I'm a follower!

    joyfulearner at zoho dot com

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  50. These look like they'd be such a great addition to our homeschool library!

    janemaritz at yahoo dot com

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  51. Following on GFC!

    janemaritz at yahoo dot com

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  52. These look AWESOME!
    iluvchrisnlevi@aol.com

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  53. I'd love to win these! I'm sure I could learn a lot from them (and I guess my kids would too!)
    rach62803 at yahoo dot com

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  54. wow.
    This would beat trying to find historical dvd's at the library.

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  55. These look cool! I'd love to win them.

    Lindsey
    ccartercbc@juno.com

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  56. button
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  57. entered DVD giveaway
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  58. OH! What a great giveaway! I would love to win these!!

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  59. I follow you on Google Friend Connect!

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  60. I would love this set. My children love history.

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  61. We love history - this would be so neat! Thanks!

    Julieanne
    http://www.JoyInOurJourney.com

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  62. I'm following you on GFC. Thanks!

    Julieanne
    http://www.JoyInOurJourney.com

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  63. OOOOHHHHH. I was nearly a history/historical preservation major in college, I would love these!!!!!!

    crissyanna (at) gmail (dot) com

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