How I Use It
Mobento could be used to supplement materials or used best in a flipped classroom. Assigning a Mobento video or parts of a course from Mobento could benefit one's students and then the teacher and students could spend ample time discussing the ideas from the video and practicing with them in class. Mobento's videos are great and work for many 6-12 classrooms because they are curated so that teachers don't have to sift through the internet looking for quality educational videos. I would rather use the website as opposed to the app version of Mobento because the website is a faster, quicker way to search for topics. Another aspect that I'd like to see is more literature and ELA-based tools on the app, as mostly science, history and math subjects are heavily represented. Mobento should encompass all subjects if they are going to be a cutting-edge video tool for educators and students.
I find this teaching tool to be great for educators and students because the content is carefully chosen so that it can be trusted to be of top-notch, educational quality. One really great aspect of the app is that teachers and students can search for words spoken in the video and the search will even tell the individual the frequency at which the word or term they searched for is used. Another aspect that I find enjoyable is that it offers a plethora of courses from a course on prime numbers to a course on blood pressure control!
The app has twenty-seven categories, which are mostly history, math and science-based. One downfall is that it would be nice to see more of the arts (both visual and written) represented, as this app would not be of much help for an English educator.
Another downfall in using the app is that the app seems a bit buggy at times, as the search tool takes a while to load and the search findings are sluggish when populating. I would definitely suggest using the Mobento web interface if a user is interested in having quicker response times when searching.