Whether you’re still in school or out in the working world, we all remember the days of homework. After a full day of classes ranging from math, science, reading, history, language and more, the usual weekday concludes with challenging homework assignments to help practice newly learned skills and topics.
This week, we learned that with help from Skype, students in the Anchorage School District (Anchorage, Alaska) can now tackle homework through remote tutoring. After surveying the parents of students who participated in ASD’s Title VII Evening Program, the Title VII Indian Education department realized that the most prohibiting factor for students not attending after school help sessions was lack of transportation. In response, two weeks ago Title VII began a homework help service via Skype in order to increase students’ access to after school tutoring. Every Tuesday and Thursday, American Indian and Alaska Native students can use their home laptops or phones to Skype call Title VII staff members during regular Homework Help hours. Not only do the tutors use Skype video call to see their students face-to-face, but they also use Skype screen sharing to help students who are learning to solve math equations.
After two weeks of the Homework Help program, Title VII’s Cultural Enrichment Specialist, Lauren Shutt, commented, “We’ve received very positive feedback from parents and community members so far and hope to see increased participation as the program continues. I think Skype will prove to be an invaluable asset, especially with the harsh winters here in Alaska that often make mobility and physical access to our on-site tutoring difficult.”
Does your school use Skype for homework help? Leave a comment below and share with us.
For more information on how your school can use Skype, check out Skype in the classroom.