"We are committed to providing children all across the state with the best learning opportunities possible, and that commitment doesn't stop when the school day ends. Today's technology offers new ways to improve student achievement and give our children the one-on-one help they need after school.
Live homework help will be available seven days a week from to in the subjects of math, science, social studies and English. Students can connect to a tutor through any computer with Internet access, including computers at their local public library or at home. Students must type in their zip code to use the free service.
"The Alabama Public Library Service (APLS) and the public libraries of our state feel that children are both the future and our state's most precious resource," said Mitchell. "With the implementation of homeworkalabama.org from Tutor.com, public libraries will be offering another method for delivering information to assist students beyond the traditional classroom setting. Live homework help online is the latest in an ongoing effort by public libraries to provide assistance to both the students and the school systems of
Congressman Spencer Bachus, who helped secure federal funding for the initiative, said: "Governor Riley and State Librarian Rebecca Mitchell should be commended for their work in bringing this valuable library tutoring program to libraries throughout the state. In the best circumstances, parents are able to assist their children in subjects with which the children have difficulty. More often than not, however, this kind of assistance may not be available to children for a variety of reasons. Homework
Once they log on, students select their grade level and the subject. Tutor.com selects and trains the tutors, who are current and retired teachers, graduate students and college professors. Every tutor must pass a security check. In addition, before they are hired, prospective tutors submit resumes and teaching samples that show how they would help a child solve particular problems, complete technology training, participate in mock sample sessions, undergo a 30-day probation period and work with a mentor.
Is it possible that students could use the system to get tutors to do their homework for them? No. Tutors are trained to prevent such problems and the company's policies forbid a tutor from completing homework for students. Every tutoring session is recorded and monitored by the company.
The tutors help students with homework through the use of instant messaging, an interactive virtual "chalkboard" and shared Web browsing. Drawing and diagramming features allow tutors to demonstrate math and science concepts. When the session is completed, students can print their session for future reference or share it with a parent or teacher. Both students and tutors complete surveys, which are shared with the Alabama Public Library Service and the individual public libraries each month.
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