A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this website.
What 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'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?
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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- Subjects: Math: algebra, calculus, equations, functions, geometry
Science: astronomy, biology, chemistry, physics, rocks and minerals
Social Studies: government, history, the economy
- Skills: Self-Direction: academic development
Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, memorization, part-whole relationships, problem solving
- Genre: Educational
- Topics: High School
- Price: Free
- Pricing structure: Free
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