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Online Tools for Homework and Study Skills

By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist

This piece is reprinted from The Marshall Memo, Kim Marshall’s weekly summary of current research and best practices in the field of education. Drawing on his experience as a teacher, principal, central office administrator, consultant, and writer, Kim Marshall lightens the load of busy educators by serving as their “designated reader.”
The article: “Help with Homework, Pixel by Pixel” by Tara Parker-Pope in The New York Times, November 17, 2015.
In this New York Times article, Tara Parker-Pope recommends a series of online homework and study aids:
- – Students can type in a website or source name and Easybib will automatically generate a citation in whatever style format the teacher requires.
- – A cloud-based presentation tool that allows for zooming and panning and can make presentations more dynamic and fun.
- – Students can create flashcards and study guides to review material online or on a mobile device. Created by high-school students in 2007, the site has more than 40 million study sets generated by users.
- – This site helps students create a story or poem or present material using a variety of illustrations.
- – Summaries of literary works with analyses of important quotes, key facts, study questions, essay topics, and quizzes.
- – Students enter the name of a written work, a timer determines their reading speed as they read a sample paragraph, and they’re told how long it will take to finish the book.
- – Brief tutorials on a wide array of topics and grade levels.
- Kindle books – Features include highlighting, vocabulary help, and being able to search a long book for a key passage.
- Google Docs – A group of students can create, edit, collaborate on, and store documents, which can be opened on any computer with an Internet connection. Teachers can add notes and comment on drafts.

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