HippoCampus: Free Multimedia Content for High School & College Students

Hippocampus is a valuable one-stop website where you can find loads of materials, including videos, slide shows, simulations, and more for high school and college students.  Acting as a kind of learning materials aggregator, HippoCampus catalogs and links to materials from Khan Academy, PhET (simulations), NROC National Repository of Online Courses, and NOAA earth science multimedia.

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From the website…

HippoCampus is a project of the Monterey Institute for Technology and Education (MITE). The goal of HippoCampus is to provide high-quality, multimedia content on general education subjects to high school and college students free of charge.

HippoCampus was designed as part of Open Education Resources (OER), a worldwide effort to improve access to quality education for everyone. HippoCampus content has been developed by some of the finest colleges and universities in the world and contributed to the National Repository of Online Courses (NROC), another MITE project. NROC makes editorial and engineering investment in the content to prepare it for distribution by HippoCampus. Both HippoCampus and NROC are supported by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

Sponsors

HippoCampus is sponsored by:

  • The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
  • The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • The institutional members of NROC, the National Repository of Online Courses
  • Google Grants

Current Subject Areas

You’ll find links to hundreds of videos, slide shows, simulations, and more, covering these subject areas:

Math

  • Arithmetic
  • Algebra & Geometry
  • Calculus & Advanced Math
  • Statistics & Probability
 Natural Science
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Earth Science
 Social Science
  • Economics
  • History & Government
  • Psychology
 Humanities
  • Religion

Technical Requirements

The HippoCampus website suggests that you have Adobe Flash Player 7.0 or higher installed on your system. They also warn that “some of the Environmental Science content require Apple QuickTime version 6 or higher. Be sure to have QuickTime set to enable embedded Flash content (you will find this option in the QuickTime control panel under advanced settings).”

Finally, they recommend you have a high-speed Internet connection such as DSL or Cable Modem to make the best use of their multi-media content.

Main URL:  http://www.hippocampus.org/

Conclusion

This website is a great place to find lots of multimedia presentations, as well as engaging simulations and other activities that can help students become proficient in the subjects listed. So check it out… and please spread the word to any deserving students who might need help with these topics.

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