Cyber-savvy students can have their own personal e-homework helper just a mouse click away -- if they just know where to look! Education World writer Glori Chaika hones in on online homework help resources that your students will find useful. Included: Links to dozens of homework resources plus an e-interview with B. J. Pinchbeck, creator of BJ Pinchbeck's Homework Helper.
Click here to read an e-interview with B. J. Pinchbeck!
Today's students have more homework than ever. Now, students can find their own personal e-homework helper with just a mouse click -- if they just only know where to look! Help your students find good help with this abundant supply of online resources.
GENERAL INFORMATION FOR THE CYBER SAVVY
If your students need quick reference resources, steer them to these.
Refdesk.com offers an unbelievable wealth of information. Believe it! Here, students will find a huge assortment of reference material gleaned from newspapers, magazines, encyclopedias, and more than 260 search engines. If students have time to visit only one reference site, recommend this one. Because it provides such depth, it is probably best suited for older students.
Microsoft's online version of their CD-ROM Encarta Homework also provides students information on a truckload of topics. Included are study tips, a writers' workshop, and even a talking dictionary.
StudyWeb sites, now available only by subscription, link students of all ages to dictionaries, thesauri, calculators, currency converters, phone books, maps, and more. This site includes tons of downloadable and printable images.
Among the other great general resources out there, the [email protected] site, screened for quality, also sorts Web links by grade level. Fact Monster, Schoolwork.Ugh!, and the children's section of the America's Story, a Library of Congress Web site, are other fine resources. Homework Spot offers kids aid in different subject areas; it even takes them on virtual field trips!
Other excellent gateways to links appropriate for elementary and middle school students include KidsClick! and Kid Info. With no distracting commercials, these sites link quickly to some of the best cyber resources available. The sites include information on just about every subject from aardvark to zebra!
DO YOUR STUDENTS NEED HELP IN SPECIFIC SUBJECTS?
If your students need language help, have them try the Internet Public Library's A+ Research and Writing, Bartleby.com, which includes famous quotations and literary works, or Common Errors in English. All these sites are targeted for high school and college students.
If your students need foreign-language help, encourage them to check out the audio dictionary and French, German, and Spanish grammar exercises at eLanguage.
Middle school students with math problems could try Ask Dr. Math.
For social studies aid, have students check out Kids @ National Geographic or CIA's Homepage for Kids (really), a site that includes a plethora of information describing the government, religion, culture, and education of countries around the world.
For super science aid, steer students to BillNye.com (the science guy), EndangeredSpecie.com, Ranger Rick's Kids Zone (part of the National Wildlife Federation), The Nine Planets, MadSci Network, Science Fair Project Resource Guide, or the Educational Hotlist, part of the Franklin Institute Science Museum site.
Students can find homework help for art on the Web too! Suggest New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, Washington D.C.'s National Gallery of Art, or the Web Museum, Paris for art from around the world.
SITES CREATED BY KIDS FOR KIDS
Would you believe some kids are willing to do not only their own homework but others' as well? With ages barely in the double digits, several kids created excellent sites.
Two hundred volunteers now answer the questions that are asked on 14-year-old Leo Galleguillos's Web site, Jiskha Homework Help. And then there's BJ Pinchbeck's Homework Helper. The 15-year-old and his dad field about 40 homework queries a day. With more than 700 useful links to different subject areas, this site is so good that the Discovery Channel and DiscoverySchool.com picked it up!
ADDITIONAL HOMEWORK HELP SITES
Article by Glori Chaika
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