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In this activity, HippoCampus resources are used to supplement classroom instruction. The teacher creates a playlist of resources that can enhance the learning experience. Some students will want to review video resources several times. Others may only watch a video once. HippoCampus is a way to provide differentiated instruction.

HippoCampus is a searchable database of more than 7000 free videos and multimedia resources in the National Repository of Online Courses (NROC) library. Resources are correlated to leading textbooks and state standards. Teachers can use high-quality videos, animations, and simulations on core academic topics to supplement classroom instruction, flip their classroom, reinforce learning through simulation, or to assign as homework. Content is most appropriate for adult school students working at the middle school or high school level.

There is no student enrollment or login. Accounts are only necessary for teachers that want to customize the site for their own classroom or to create their own playlists. 


1. Decide on a topic. 

2. Search HippoCampus resources and create a playlist. 

3. Decide on how students are going to access your playlist. HippoCampus resources and playlists can be added to your Learning Management System such as Moodle, Canvas, Google Classroom, or Schoology. They can also be organized on a free website such as Weebly or Google Sites. You can also send students a link by way of email.

4. Decide if students will need a handout in order to access your playlist or resource.

5. Make sure that the websites are not blocked at your school.


1. Introduce your topic and why it is important to your students.

2. Introduce any needed vocabulary or skills needed.

3. Show students how they can view the resource or playlist.

4. View the resource as a class.

5. Give students time to reflex on what they learned.

6. Present any follow-up activities, if appropriate.

7. Assess student learning.

8. Address any gaps in learning.

9. Review with your student how to access the resource.


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English Language Arts


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OTAN activities are funded by contract CN220124 from the Adult Education Office, in the Career & College Transition Division, California Department of Education, with funds provided through Federal P.L., 105-220, Section 223. However, OTAN content does not necessarily reflect the position of that department or the U.S. Department of Education.