What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Mobento is a website that curates the best learning videos from around the Web. Although it's focused mostly on science and math, it does include other subjects such as computers, philosophy, and creative thinking. Middle and high school students can benefit the most from these videos, which come from reputable sources such as Khan Academy and TED. The best feature is the excellent search engine, which scours each video for spoken keywords. Have a question about a particular scientific term? Mobento will tell you all the videos that mention that topic.
What kids can learn
- using and applying technology
Engagement, Approach, Support
The curated videos are high-quality and organized into helpful topics, and the site is easy to navigate. Engagement will vary from video to video, since they come from various sources.
Videos are carefully vetted and arranged by educational topic; users select from a collection of high-quality videos. The search tool quickly locates videos, too -- you can search using keywords or even ask a question.
It's fairly intuitive to use, but there's little support beyond general help forums. When watching videos via the site, a captions option would be a helpful tool.
What's it about?
MOBENTO is a website focused on finding high-quality learning videos from around the Internet, including the ever-popular TED videos and Khan Academy offerings. They've developed their own search algorithm that allows you to search words spoken in each video, helping you find the most appropriate video for a particular learner's needs. You can sign up for "courses" based on topics you choose, then proceed to view a series of related videos. Videos can be bookmarked for later viewing. You're also encouraged to favorite videos to make the best videos more visible to other users. In addition, you can leave comments and take personal notes on each of the videos. Math is the most common subject addressed on Mobento, but they've also got videos on art history, astrobiology, and chemistry, as well as creative and inspirational content.
Is it any good?
They've done a nice job bringing together the best of the Web. You can take courses in world history, world religions, education, and more, and the variety of content type, from animations to talks from experts, creates a well-rounded bank of information here. Plus, new topics are added on a regular basis, so selections seem fresh. Search is the most robust of Mobento's features: the ability to type in any phrase or topic and quickly identify the most appropriate video is pretty cool. The site is easy to navigate, and its simple interface allows for users to quickly engage. One complaint: With such a strong search feature, it's disappointing that you can't enable captions while watching a video (though determined users can locate the videos on their original hosts and enable captions there if they're available).
Families can talk about...
Families can sign up for courses together and have conversations about the learning topics in the videos.
Talk to your kids about how they learn. Does watching a video help cement ideas in their minds?