The Monterey Institute for Technology and Education has launched a free, interactive homework help web site, called HippoCampus, that provides comprehensive high school, Advanced Placement, and college course content that is suitable for advanced learners, credit recovery, home schooling, and general student use. Thousands of students are already using a trial version of HippoCampus to access multimedia courses in algebra, physics, biology, calculus, U.S. history, civics, environmental science, and other subjects, the institute says. The site gives instructors tools for customization, similar to MyYahoo or MyGoogle. Instructors can point their students to a HippoCampus link that features only the course materials they select and can post messages and bookmark pages of particular interest to their students. “Our mission is to increase access to high-quality education for everyone. HippoCampus is a big step toward achieving that goal,” said Gary W. Lopez, executive director of the Monterey Institute for Technology and Education. HippoCampus is supported by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation as part of the foundation’s goal to make “open educational resources” available to students worldwide through the internet.

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