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Homework Help

A few years ago, the most interactive homework help available was a telephone line staffed by local teachers. The Web has brought a whole new level of help. With interactive tutorials, informational sites on every topic imaginable and hundreds of e-mail-based help sites, students of all ages can take advantage of great homework aids online.

General Resources

LibrarySpot.com's sister site, HomeworkSpot.com, is a free homework information portal that features the best K-12 homework-related sites together with engaging editorial in one high-utility, educational spot. With the help of students, parents and teachers, a team of educators, librarians and journalists has scoured the Web to bring you the best resources for English, math, science, history, art, music, technology, foreign language, college prep, health, life skills, extracurricular activities and much more. Resources are organized into grade-appropriate categories for elementary, middle and high school.

The Internet Public Library Youth Division provides a great collection of resources geared toward upper elementary students. It covers traditional subject areas as well as reference and library topics. Resources provide great information and make nice use of the visual and interactive aspects of the Web. Some of the best projects are based on this site.

Study Web is "focusing the web for education." One can search its collection of more than 77,000 research-quality URLs or browse through 32 topics. Study Web covers a lot of subjects not addressed elsewhere, including philosophy, family science and architecture. The sites are ranked by grade, which allows students to easily find the right material for their skill level.

Jenna Burrell, a computer science major at Cornell, has developed Cool and Useful Student Resources, a collection of links for high school students who are doing research on the Web for papers or projects. She provides a brief description and rating of each site, and covers most subject areas relevant to high school students, including foreign languages, literature, and economics. The site also contains a great collection of post-high school planning resources, including information about selecting a college and applying for financial aid.

A site that has received some well-deserved press is B.J. Pinchbeck's Homework Helper. B.J., a 12-year-old from New Brighton, Penn., and his dad have collected more than 570 sites and sorted them into categories. There is something for every age level. The math collection runs from A+ Math for elementary and middle school students to Real Analysis for advanced college studies.

If you're looking for a "homework helpline" type of service, the AskA+ Locator is sure to have something that fits the bill. It links to about a hundred experts who will answer questions on various topics.

Resources by Subject

Social Studies

  • History/Social Studies Web Site for K-12 Teachers
    This site contains a huge collection of links on every social studies topic imaginable. It's designed primarily for teachers, but the resources could prove just as useful for students.

  • Xpeditions
    National Geographic and MCI team up to present lesson plans, a huge interactive atlas, and a wonderful Xpedition Hall with 18 interactive activities that support National Geographic initiatives.

Science

  • The Whole Brain Atlas
    This is a wonderful resource from Harvard. Take a tour of the brain, look at MR, CT, and Nuclear Memory /images, and view overlays of the brain to see blood flow or a variety of diseases.

  • Virtual Creatures
    This site lets you dissect a virtual frog, but that's just the beginning. Users also learn about habitats and more through lesson plans that go along with "frog island," their virtual world. Use requires a Java and vrml-capable browser and the site takes a while to load, but it's worth the wait.

  • Volcano World. Check out current news, video clips, games, articles and the "ask a volcanologist" feature.

Language Arts

  • The Children's Literature Web Guide
    This well-organized site has news, newsgroups and many nice links to authors on the Web, children's literature organizations and more.

  • Online English Grammar
    This is a grammar textbook in disguise. It's comprehensive, well organized and written at a level perfect for high school students.

Math

  • Math Archives
    This site links to many other math resources on the web. It's sorted by topic and covers all levels of mathematics.

  • Ask Dr. Math
    This one is listed under the AskA+ collection, but it deserves its own entry, too. Students can email questions or look at archives sorted by topics and grade levels. This site is great for K-12.

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