Tuesday, April 01, 2008
In Kansas, though, it's free....
From the guys who write the comic strip "Unshelved":
Sponsors : Tutor.com
posted Monday, March 31, 2008 12:09:00 PM by Bill
At ALA a few months ago I ended up in a conversation with Galen Warden from Tutor.com. I told her we had been writing a sequence about online homework help, and she asked if she could sponsor it. If you think about it, that's kind of brave. They were asking to pay to sponsor, sight unseen, a sequence of strips essentially roasting their product and the people who use it. We admire that kind of chutzpah, so we said yes.
Anyway, since we wrote that sequence we've learned a lot more about Tutor.com. Live since 2000, they now connect thousands of human tutors to millions of students around the country. This service is made available free to students via over 1800 library branches. A great way to find out about them is to register for their April 22 online conference thingy (I do so hate the word "webinar") here. Tell 'em we sent you.
As of two years ago the State Library of Kansas includes Tutor.com as part of their state database purchases. And with IP recognition, it's terrifically easy to use across the state. Their service generally includes 2nd grade up to 2nd year college. Please let me know if you or your kids or your grandkids try it and like it!
You can find the link to it as long icon labeled "Homework Kansas" right off the library webpage, down at the bottom.