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High-Tech Homework Helps: 5 resources that boost the learning process

Stuck on that math problem? Technology can be really useful when it comes to homework helps.

The kitchen table homework battle is about to get easier!

Tech expert Sarah Kimmel shares five high-tech homework helps that can be a game-changer for students of all ages…. and parents, too!

 

5 Homework Helps for the New Term

1. Khan Academy

Khan Academy is a personalized learning resource that offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and an individualized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace. The program covers math, science, computing, history, art history, economics, and more.

“Khan Academy is known as the gold standard,” Sarah says. “If a teacher doesn’t explain a concept in a way you understand, you can look up another approach to that same concept, allowing the student to take in the information in a way that makes sense to them.”

Khan Academy is a free platform that doesn’t require a subscription.

2. Quizlet

Quizlet is a website that makes it easy to create your own flashcards, or access pre-made flashcards on hundreds of subjects.

“Say you have a statistics test,” Sarah offers. “You can look up flashcards designed to support the material you’re studying, or you can use your own class notes to create cards of your own.”

The free version has plenty of features, but the subscription includes additional benefits, such as practice tests, AI-generated outlines, and study guides. Sarah called the $35/year subscription a worthwhile investment.

3. Google Lens

Google Lens makes helping kids with math homework so much easier. If you take a picture of a math problem, Google Lens will show you the answer, and the work.

Sarah has used this with her own kids, and views it as a fantastic resource for parents trying to coach kids along.

“My daughter asks me a question, and I’ll use Google Lens to look it up, she explains. “Then I can look at her work and say ‘oh, okay, I see where you went wrong.’”

To access this feature, look for the homework tab on the bottom of the screen, which is specially designed to help with school work.

4. Chegg

Chegg is similar to Khan Academy with one added benefit: live tutors.

“If you really, really need some one-on-one help, Chegg is going to be a really great resource for you to hook up with somebody who can help you with that problem,” says Sarah.

Chegg utilizes AI for any questions you might have, from, “how do I write a bibliography,” to “who was the first person to circumnavigate the globe?”

5. Parent Groups

Can Facebook help with homework? Yes, says Sarah!

“Use online parenting groups as a resource,” Sarah encourages. “Parenting pages on Facebook and Reddit are full of other parents who can commiserate – and help! People love to help, and the responses are usually pretty immediate.”

Sarah emphasizes the importance of demonstrating integrity when using any AI tool, and says it’s an important teaching moment parents should talk to their kids about.

“Be sure to let your kids know programs like Google Lens are fallible,” Sarah says. “We want to use these resources as a basis for brainstorming, rather than just a quick shortcut. We want to make sure homework remains a positive and ethical learning experience.”


Find more tech advice from Sarah on Instagram, @familytech, or at familytechzone.com.

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