Common Sense Review
Updated November 2013

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Search tool for curated, high-quality videos from the Web
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Common Sense Rating 3
Teacher Rating (1 Teacher Review) 3
  • Mobento's web interface is easy to read and navigate.
  • Students can choose to browse through videos or take a course of a group of pre-selected videos.
  • Mobento's dashboard helps the user remember what has and hasn't been watched and suggests future videos.
  • Mobento's search allows for searching within the video's content as well as tags and titles.
The videos are high-quality and support learning in a variety of subjects.
Passively viewing content isn't the most interactive way for students to learn; captions could help increase accessibility for more students.
Bottom Line
Culling content from around the Web, the site's powerful search tool makes searching for educational videos more convenient.
Andrea Zellner
Common Sense Reviewer
Common Sense Rating 3
Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return? 3

The curated videos are high-quality and organized into helpful topics, and the site is easy to navigate. Engagement will vary from video to video, since they come from various sources.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer? 4

Videos are carefully vetted and arranged by educational topic -- users select only from a collection of high-quality videos. The search tool quickly locates videos -- you can search using keywords, or even ask a question.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students? 2

It's fairly intuitive to use, but there's little support beyond general help forums. When watching videos through the site, a captions option would be a helpful tool.

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How Can Teachers Use It?

For many teachers, videos are an engaging way to introduce a learning unit or to supplement instruction. While the right video can be hard to find, teachers will definitely appreciate Mobento for its high-quality content. 

The excellent search tool is especially helpful for busy, on-the-go teachers -- the quick search can be a real time-saver for finding just the right video to meet their needs. Additionally, teachers might want to recommend the site to students who have access at home -- either those who may need some extra support or those who might benefit from some enrichment in a particular subject.

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What's It Like?

Mobento is focused on finding high-quality learning videos from around the Internet for students' and teachers' benefit. Offerings on the site include videos from both TED and Khan Academy, among others. The site allows teachers and students to search for and watch videos from a curated selection of content. Mobento claims that its search algorithm allows users to search the words within their curated list of videos -- this helps locate the most appropriate video for their learning needs. 

Users sign up for "courses" based on topic and then proceed to view the related videos or bookmark for later viewing. Users are encouraged to "favorite" videos in order to help others on the site find the best content more easily. Additionally, users can leave comments and take personal notes on each of the videos. Social media sharing is encouraged through Facebook, Twitter, and email.

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Is It Good For Learning?

Mobento focuses primarily on topics in science and math but also includes a few humanities-based "courses" like world history, world religions, and education; new topics are added from time to time. The site's search feature is its most powerful tool; the ability to quickly find the best videos from around the Web -- based on the video's content -- is an outstanding feature.  

The site is easy to navigate, and the simple interface allows for users to quickly engage with the content. However, with such a strong search feature, it's disappointing that Mobento doesn't offer captions for every video. In many cases, determined users may be able to find the videos on their original sites and enable captions there. TED, Khan Academy, and other learning sites from which Mobento pulls its content offer a captions option -- it would be great if this feature could work within Mobento's site as well. Overall, while it's nice to find these curated videos in one place, an even more extensive collection would help round out the site.

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