American educator Salman Khan, a graduate of MIT and Harvard, started the Khan Academy in 2006 for the purpose of making “a free, world-class education available for anyone, anywhere.” Khan, a mathematician by training, features videos of an electronic blackboard on which he works out math problems while explaining them in voice-over. His site has expanded its offerings until now it not only hosts lessons in math, but also computer programming, economics and even art history. Site registration is free, and those who complete courses can earn “badges” for their accomplishments. The lessons are aimed at a college preparatory level. Still, if I had to brush up my algebra, I would click right in to Khan Academy. Khan Academy lessons are available through free apps, too.
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Gale, part of Cengage Learning, offers three apps for mobile search of its databases. Two of them, for K-12 and college students, are restricted to subscribers. But the public client offers free access to much of Gale’s content. Users enter a zip code; the app lists public libraries with Gale subscriptions within a ten-mile radius. Users choose a library to access the Gale databases to which that library subscribes. They do not have to hold a card.
Tip: Larger libraries can afford many fine Gale databases! Access My Library is a terrific way to explore their content. The apps work on Android and Apple platforms.
Many schools use the Accelerated Reader program to judge the reading level of children’s books and to test students on what they have read. Find the “AR points” of most children’s books here.
What are your strengths? What do you need to work on to achieve your goals? What are the advantages and disadvantages of pursuing a major or a career? Sometimes, writing it out makes the situation clearer. Try the SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) technique, described here, to help you decide what path to follow.
HyperHistory covers 3,000 years of world history with an interactive combination of timelines, lifelines, and maps. Print copies of the timeline can be purchased through the site … or you can press Shift/Print Screen to copy and then paste the image into a document.
Kathryn L. Schwartz wrote this guide while a student of the Information and Library Studies program at the University of Michigan. It not only teaches writing skills but also how to research a paper using both print and online sources.