Showing posts with label study guides. Show all posts
Showing posts with label study guides. Show all posts

Friday, May 7, 2021

Knowt Now Offers Public Galleries of Notes, Flashcards, and Quizzes

Knowt is a neat service that I've featured a few times over the last couple of years. It's a service that will automatically generate flashcards and quizzes from any document that you import into it. The latest update to Knowt provides registered teachers and students with a public gallery of notes, quizzes, and flashcards. 

Now when you sign into a free Knowt account you have the option to browse for notes, flashcards, and quizzes according to subject area. There is also a gallery of notes, quizzes, and flashcards based on popular textbooks. All of the notes, quizzes, and flashcards found through the public galleries in Knowt can be copied directly into your account where you can modify them as you like. 

Here's Knowt's promo video for their new galleries of notes, quizzes, and flashcards. And here's my overview of how to use Knowt to create your own notes, quizzes, and flashcards by importing a document into your account. 



Applications for Education
The new Knowt galleries of notes, flashcards, and practice quizzes are appearing at a good time for students who are preparing for final exams. Teachers who have Knowt accounts can go through the galleries and pick collections of notes and flashcards to share with their students.

This post originally appeared on FreeTech4Teachers.com. If you see it elsewhere, it has been used without permission. Sites that regularly steal my (Richard Byrne's) work include CloudComputin, TodayHeadline, and 711Web. 

Friday, March 30, 2012

Win a $3000 Scholarship from Shmoop and Zinch

Shmoop and Zinch have combined to offer a $3000 scholarship to US students. To enter the contest students simply need to complete this form by May 31st.

Zinch is a service that helps match students to scholarship opportunities. I don't have much experience with it, but it looks promising. Shmoop provides many fantastic online study guides for high school students. I've written about Shmoop since their launch and they've continued to improve their offerings ever since.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Shmoop Adds 33 New Titles

Online study guide provider Shmoop recently announced the addition of 33 more titles to their offerings. Shmoop added 15 new literature titles for students including study guides for The Jungle and The Lion, Witch, and the Wardrobe. For teachers Shmoop has added 18 new teachers' guides in literature and US History. Teachers' guides are available in free and premium versions. The free versions offer assignments, activities, and links to related resources. The premium versions offer pre-made quizzes and discussion questions.

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Monday, August 16, 2010

Shmoop Adds Pre-Algebra Study Guides

Shmoop, a provider of free study guides for topics in Social Studies and Language Arts, has recently branched-out to include mathematics study guides. Last week Shmoop added a collection of study guides for Pre-Algebra topics. The collection is broken into six categories; basic operations, fractions & decimals, ratios & percentages, basic geometry, basic statistics & probability, and basic Algebra. Additionally, Shmoop is offering a glossary of mathematics terms.

Applications for Education
Shmoop's Pre-Algebra guides are designed so that students can use them on their own as a supplement to their teachers' instructions. Each subsection of the Shmoop Pre-Algebra provides students with visual and text explanations of each topic. After each tutorial students are presented with some problems to try on their own. The practice problems have a "hint" button for students to use when they get stuck on a tough problem.

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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Cramster - Students Exchange Study Help

Cramster is a provider of study guides, practice tests, and studying help forums for students. The service has an interesting business model in which students have to either purchase credits (Cramster calls the credits "Karma") or earn credits in order to be able to ask their own questions. Students can earn credits (Karma) by answering the questions that have been posted by others. The value of credit earned fluctuates depending on the difficulty of the question answered. Cramster is primarily intended for use by science and mathematics students although humanities sections have recently been added to Cramster. According to TechCrunch Cramster's user base is roughly 90% college students and 10% high school students.

Applications for Education
Cramster offers educators free access to all of its "gold level" content. Educators can contribute to the content provided on Cramster and in exchange have their own questions answered. I was wondering why a teacher would need this until I realized that there are some tough questions, particularly in advanced economic theories, that I do occasionally need help answering.

Cramster is also advertising some new features specifically for teachers that will be revealed in the near future, but they're not saying what those are yet.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Shmoop - Making Learning Digestible

At ISTE 2010 I had the opportunity to meet with Ellen Siminoff, President and CEO of Shmoop. Shmoop, as I've mentioned before, is a provider of free and fee-based learning guides for Literature, Civics, US History, Music, Biographies, and recently added Economics learning guides.

Prior to my meeting with Siminoff I was already a fan of Shmoop as evident by the fact that I link to it from my classroom blog. After my meeting with Siminoff I was convinced that Shmoop has some good ideas about designing learning guides for students. Shmoop's primary goals, according to Siminoff is to make learning as digestible and as mobile as possible. To that end Shmoop designs all of their learning guides to be consumed in chunks rather than in one sitting. Shmoop has also made their learning guides available on Kindle, iPhone, Nook, and Sony Reader.

Of course any meeting with a company would not be complete if I didn't ask for a preview of what their future offerings will entail. Siminoff says that Shmoop users can expect to see learning guides for Mathematics and Science in the near future.

(Footnote, before the meeting I thought I was meeting with another Shmoop employee and I did not do my research on Siminoff. Turns out she's the former senior VP of Yahoo).

Monday, May 24, 2010

Shmoop Adds History and Literature Slideshows

Online study guide provider Shmoop recently added a new slideshow feature to their free offerings. Shmoop now offers slideshows about many topics in their study guides for US History, Civics, Literature, and a new section dedicated to Shakespeare. The slideshows are designed as visual aid supplements to their existing guides. Some of the subjects of the slideshows include King Lear, the War of 1812, and US Political Parties.

Public domain images comprise most of the images in the slideshows. All of the slideshows can be embedded into your blog or website. View the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn slideshow below.


Applications for Education
I've often had students remark that they remembered something on a quiz because they remembered a picture or graphic that I showed them in class. With some of my reluctant readers and students looking at images has often been the gateway to conversation and or students' research into a topic. Shmoop's new slideshows now provide me with a good place to start my search for images to use in my classroom.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Shmoop Poetry Essay Contest - Win an iPad

Online study guide provider Shmoop just announced an essay contest for high school students. Shmoop's Poetry Essay Contest asks students to write a 500 word analysis of Robert Frost's Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening. The winner of the contest, judged by Jim Burke, will receive an iPad. The entry deadline is May 28, 2010. You can find all of the entry requirements and contest details here.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

New and Expanded Free Study Guides from Shmoop

Online study guide provider Shmoop recently released thirteen new study guides. The highlights of the new study guides include Kite Runner, Paradise Lost, and the poem Africa by Maya Angelou. Shmoop has also recently expanded their study guides for Othello, Romeo and Juliet, and King Lear.

Shmoop offers more than just summaries of information. If students create an account and log-in, they can use the integrated dictionary to find the meaning of any word in the content they're reading. Students can also create folders where they can store sticky notes of information they record while reading a Shmoop article.

Applications for Education
Shmoop can be a good reference to supplement the reading that students do for your courses. Shmoop's summaries are not nearly long enough to be a replacement for students to rely on instead of doing their assigned readings. As a frame of reference, Shmoop's summaries are shorter than those found in Cliffs Notes or Spark Notes.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Memorize - Studying With Flashcards & Diagrams

Memorize is a neat service that offers users the ability to create and study sets of flashcards. Memorize also gives users the option to create diagrams for studying.

The Memorize user interface is fairly intuitive. To study existing flashcard sets click memorize on the homepage. To create your own flashcards click "create" on the homepage. Creating flashcards is a simple matter of entering questions and answers into a chart. If you have a long set of questions and answers you can break up that set into multiple parts. For example, if you wanted your students to study the capitals of Europe you could break up the list into three parts that would appear in sequence according to a student's progress.

Finding diagrams to study and creating diagrams is not as obvious as locating the flashcard section of Memorize. Diagrams are buried at the bottom of the Memorize homepage. There is an existing collection of diagrams users can study or you can create your own. The diagrams are essentially matching games. Diagrams can be used for things like practicing identifying countries on a map or identifying types of plants.






















Applications for Education
Memorize could be a useful resource for students as they prepare for midterm exams, final exams, or any other test that requires recall of facts. The diagram option could be very useful for students taking a course like Anatomy to practice identification.

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Shmoop Adds 20 More Guides

I've mentioned Shmoop numerous times on this blog because I really like the content they produce. In fact, I like Shmoop so much that I have it linked to the blog for my US History and Civics courses. All of the Language Arts teachers to whom I've shown Shmoop have also approved of the Shmoop study guides. Shmoop recently added twenty new study guides.

The new study guides includes seven new books, three poems, three biographies, two US History guides, and five music titles. Among the new book titles you'll find Atlas Shrugged. The new US History guides are The American West and the 1960's.

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Friday, October 30, 2009

LitCharts - 10 Page Outlines of Classic Literature

LitCharts is a service that provides condensed outlines and summaries of classic literature. The outlines and summaries are far shorter than those you would find in Sparknotes or Cliffnotes. Most of the outlines and summaries are ten pages, give or take a page or two. What I like about LitCharts is that they color code the themes addressed and symbolism within a particular work. The color coding makes it easy to quickly pick out the themes and symbols in each chapter of a book.

LitCharts can be viewed online, downloaded as PDFs, or accessed through iPhone apps.

Thanks to Make Use Of for making me aware of LitCharts.

Applications for Education
LitCharts provides nice outlines and summaries but doesn't provide so much information that a student can avoid actually reading the books you've assigned to them. In this way LitCharts could be useful study aids for students.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Shmoop Grows Again

Shmoop is a service that I've written about numerous times since its launch because I think it's a great service. More importantly, my students think it's a great service. Shmoop provides free online study guides for history, civics, and a variety of literature genres. For the student who is studying on the go, they can access the guides on their laptops, their iPhones, or their Kindles.

This week Shmoop added thirty-four more study guides. These new additions include 21 novels, 11 biographies, and two topics in US History study guides. As a teacher of US History I'm particularly enthused about the new US History study guides which are about the 1950's and Native American History.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Shmoop in Spanish and 19 New Learning Guides

Shmoop, a website that produces excellent study guides, has just released some great new content. Shmoop now offers fifteen of their book summaries and study guides in Spanish for ESL/ EFL students. Some of the titles included in the Spanish translations are Huckleberry Finn, The Odyssey, and Romeo and Juliet. Check out all of the translated study guides here.

Shmoop has also added ninteen new learning guides in English. The new guides include works by Tolstoy, Chaucer, and Carroll. Check out all of the Literature Titles here.

Applications for Education
I have used the Shmoop study guides for US History and Civics with my classes this year. The guides provide a nice framework and background for in-depth classroom instruction. I have also linked Shmoop to my classroom blog and have already had a couple of students tell me that Shmoop has been helpful as a review tool for them.

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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Shmoop Adds Civics and Biographies

Shmoop is a great provider of online study guides, content summaries, and vocabulary lists. I was impressed with Shmoop when it launched and it has continued to impress by adding more quality content. The latest rounds of updates include a section for civics and a section of biographies.

Shmoop's biography section offers brief biographies and study guides of famous authors and former US Presidents. The new Shmoop Civics section offers charts, explanations, and key-point lists about the branches of US Government. The civics section also includes discussion guides and background sheets about civil rights topics.

Shmoop offers more than just summaries of information. If students create an account and log-in, they can use the integrated dictionary to find the meaning of any word in the content they're reading. Students can also create folders where they can store sticky notes of information they record while reading a Shmoop article.

Applications for Education
In literature courses Shmoop is a good reference to supplement the reading that students do for your courses. Shmoop's summaries are not nearly long enough to be a replacement for students to soly rely on instead of doing the assigned reading. As a frame of reference, Shmoop's summaries are far shorter than those found in Cliffs Notes or Spark Notes.

Shmoop's history and civics sections are good places to locate fact sheets and charts to use in class or for students to study on their own.

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