HippoCampus

Common Sense Media says

Online lectures are good for math and science review.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The site is committed to providing students with high-quality information free of charge, making learning more accessible to students who need extra help or are in nontraditional educational situations.

Violence
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Sex
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Language
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Consumerism

This nonprofit site has a few ads for colleges.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety

Anyone can view the lessons. To access more advanced features, you have to register with a name and email address. No information is shared publicly.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that HippoCampus is a collection of online presentations and activities on math, science, history, and other academic subjects, created by the Monterey Institute for Technology and Education. There's nothing inappropriate for younger kids, but most of the content is geared toward high school and college students. Anyone can view the lessons, but registration is required for personalized activities.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • algebra
  • calculus
  • equations
  • functions
  • geometry

Science

  • physics
  • astronomy
  • rocks and minerals
  • biology
  • chemistry

Social Studies

  • government
  • history
  • the economy

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information
  • memorization
  • part-whole relationships
  • problem solving

Self-Direction

  • academic development

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Engaging interactive simulations provide live feedback to kids. On-screen educators present clear and compelling lectures in good-sized clips.

Learning Approach

Some of the content is relatively direct and non-interactive, but simulations and visuals offer an effective learning experience for older kids.

Support

There's ample access to supports, including troubleshooting help, and each collection has its own support system.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • algebra
  • calculus
  • equations
  • functions
  • geometry

Science

  • physics
  • astronomy
  • rocks and minerals
  • biology
  • chemistry

Social Studies

  • government
  • history
  • the economy

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information
  • memorization
  • part-whole relationships
  • problem solving

Self-Direction

  • academic development

Kids can learn about a variety of topics in math, science, history, government, economics, psychology, and religion on this educational site that features videos, slideshows, and activities. Most of the material is geared toward high school and college-aged students, although there are some lessons and activities for younger kids, like basic arithmetic. Having more direct interaction, like building and submitting their own simulation, could help kids better grasp concepts. Overall, you'll find credible and thorough information for hard-to-teach subjects like calculus and physics.

This Learning Rating review was written by Susan Yudt

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What's it about?

HippoCampus compiles presentations and activities from several educational sources (including Khan Academy and the University of Colorado) that complement coursework on science, math, history, psychology, economics, and religion. There's some content for younger kids (like arithmetic lessons), but most topics are for high school and college students, including Advanced Placement courses. Users who register on HippoCampus can create "playlists" of lessons and view what content is most popular and most highly rated.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

HippoCampus provides credible information on a wide range of topics, although some of the lessons are more engaging than others. For example, some of the simulations provided by the University of Colorado are conceptually good but lack the sophisticated design that many teens expect of web content. Although HippoCampus includes content from Khan Academy, it lacks that site's excellent feature that allows users to track their progress. HippoCampus might be most useful for educators, who can use the "playlist" feature to create and share curricula for classes.

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Website details

Genre:Educational
Topics:High school
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free

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