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THE MARSHALL MEMO
Online Tools for Homework and Study Skills
By Kim Marshall, TIE columnist 06-Jan-16
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: - www.Easybib.com – Students can type in a website or source name and Easybib will automatically generate a citation in whatever style format the teacher requires. - www.Prezi.com – A cloud-based presentation tool that allows for zooming and panning and can make presentations more dynamic and fun. - www.Quizlet.com – 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. - www.Storybird.com – This site helps students create a story or poem or present material using a variety of illustrations. - www.Sparknotes.com – Summaries of literary works with analyses of important quotes, key facts, study questions, essay topics, and quizzes. - www.HowLongToReadThis.com – 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. - www.KhanAcademy.org – 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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