Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Shmoop: An Excellent Resource for Students and Teachers!

I just wanted to quickly tell you about Shmoop. Shmoop provides free online study guides for a variety of educational areas, i.e. literature, U.S. history, poetry, civics, biographies and on bestselling books such as "Twilight" and "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince." Their mission is "To make learning and writing more fun and relevant for students in the digital age."

This past week Shmoop added thirty-four more study guides (860 total and counting). These new additions include 21 novels, 11 biographies, and two topics in US History. So who writes all of this content? Shmoop guides are written by mostly Masters and Ph.D. level college graduates from top Universities (two-thirds from Stanford, UC Berkeley, or Harvard), 91% of whom have taught at the high school or college level.

When you create your free account, you can use the integrated dictionary which allows you to find the meaning of any word in the content on Shmoop. You can also create folders where you can create and store sticky notes of information you record while reading a Shmoop article. You, students or instructors, can access the guides on their laptops, their Kindles, or their iPhones. They also offer free resources for teachers!

Take a look and I think you'll like it.  And yes, I'm still feeling serendipitous. You never know when you'll make those fortuitous and unexpected discoveries!

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