Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Ask a teacher online

There is a national program that enables kids to post questions on a message board for teachers to answer. Peoria, Illinois is one of many cities to start utilizing the service. The public library system spent $16,000 to get the program. "Live Homework Help" offers students on-line tutoring in math, science and more all through an instant messaging based system.

Any student in the district can get help from home on the Internet or at the Peoria Public Library. The tutoring will be done in English and Spanish. Library officials say more than 1800 communities already use this program. Teachers, professors and graduate students are the on-line tutors. They are given a background check and then certified.

Here's the message from the Peoria Public Library:

Live Homework Help!

Live Homework Help Offers:

  • On demand homework assistance

  • One-to-one live connections with real tutors

  • Accessible from home or the library with Internet enabled computers.

  • Available in English & Spanish

As Easy As:

  • Click on the Live Homework Help icon

    Enter your Peoria Public Library card number

  • Select your Grade and then Subject

  • Click "Connect"

I would love to know whether this program is successful in other computers. It sounds like a good idea, but how fast do teachers respond to the message boards? Can you really teach by typing words on a computer that a grade schooler reads? I wonder...

-NewsAnchorMom Jen

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