A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this website.
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.
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.
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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.
Is It Any Good?
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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