How I Use It
I use Shmoop with my students to get them excited about a new concept or unit of study. The videos are written for students and immediately get them hooked. I search for a video that has my concept/topic, preview it, and then plan my lesson around it. Very simple. Especially if you are teaching a concept for the first time and are not sure where to begin.
My overall opinion of Shmoop is favorable. Using their videos to introduce or wrap up a topic or concept helps me switch up the way I teach and deliver my lessons. The Shmoop videos seem to get me in a more creative mood when designing my lessons. I want the rest of the unit of study to hold their attention the way the video did. A draw back of Shmoop is not always finding a video suitable to what you will be teaching.