There are many tools in the world to help us learn, and we who are immersed in the world for our learning adventures can really take full advantage of them. I try to discover new sites for learning all the time. Digital media is a wonderfully engaging and interactive method for helping anyone to learn.
I was introduced to an online tool to assist in learning Math, Earth Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities and other subjects. The HippoCampus site fully uses digital media to not only offer presentations of their creation, but link to existing sites who already offer great ways to understand subject matter and who teach it well. One such site, Khan Academy, is one of our family’s favorites for math, history and countless other courses. Another is NROC, The National Repository of Online Courses. Why reinvent the wheel, right?
The presentation videos are colorful, exciting and easily understood. Also, there are fun puzzles that interactively help students work through the topics in more of a video game fashion. “Bermuda Triangle”, “Fraction Matchin’ “, ”Out of Proportion”, “What’s Heavier?” and “Which Came First?” are some examples. They have several levels for varying abilities. Additionally (pun intended of course!) there are Tutor Simulations to work on real life problems using the topic of your choosing. All your efforts can be tabulated and logged to show your progress.
We see digital media as the future of education. Provide one teacher, site or method of helping others understand a subject, and everyone for generations can learn at their own pace, on their own schedule, as often as they wish. We are making it our family mission to discover other such sites like Khan and HippoCampus to help our girls and ourselves learn the most from the best. There is so much out there online, so I hope I have pointed you in a clear direction for these subjects. You can sign up for your free account and get learning today in the digital media way!