Juneau Digest

Posted: Wednesday, November 26, 2003

Live homework help at the public libraries

Children and young adults in City and Borough of Juneau never have to be stumped by a tough homework assignment again! Students from fourth grade to twelfth grade can simply visit any of the Juneau Public Libraries, either in person or online, to get immediate, free help from qualified tutors. Through a grant from the Alaska State Library, the Juneau Public Libraries now offer Live Homework Help, an online tutoring service from Tutor.com that connects students to expert tutors in math, science, social studies and English via the Internet. Last year more than 150,000 students used Live Homework Help at more than 500 public libraries across the country.

This free service allows children to come to the downtown Juneau public library, the Mendenhall Valley public library or the Douglas public library, Mondays through Fridays from 3 to 9 p.m., and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m., to receive homework help from a live tutor via the Internet. Children and young adults can also access the service from home during these same hours. Kids can log on to www.juneau.org/library, enter their library card number, and connect to a tutor.

Live Homework Help is simple to use. Children and young adults log on and enter their grade level and the subject in which they need help. Students are immediately connected to a tutor in an Online Classroom for up to 20 minutes of help. Students and tutors can review specific homework questions using features such as controlled chat, an interactive white board and shared Web browsing. Tutors or students can type math equations using a special math tool, share educational Web sites using a shared browser tool and much more. The tutors are certified teachers, college professors, professional tutors and graduate school students from across the country. They love to teach and share their knowledge online.



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