Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Live Homework Help Connects Tutors to Students 7 Days a Week

Live Homework Help connects experienced, vetted live tutors with students needing help with their school assignments. It’s available on the Statewide Library Electronic Doorway. Libraries and schools are encouraged to put a link on their websites. The URL is http://sled.alaska.edu/homework.

Live Homework Help serves Alaskan students in grades K-12 and intro-level college students. It is offered seven days a week from 1 p.m. to midnight Alaska Time.

The service requires a PC or Mac and Internet access. It is compatible with a variety of browsers. It requires Flash on the user’s computer with pop-up blockers turned off.



  Use this link to the University of Alaska, Interior-Aleutians Campus to see available classes for high school students seeking advanced course work and to earn college credit.


Learn a Language from your Desktop

Have you wanted to learn a foreign language, but decided not to because you couldn’t find a class or the class you did find was too expensive? Now you can learn that language you’ve dreamed of speaking!

The Alaska Library Network (ALN) has licensed Mango Languages statewide based on a recommendation of the Statewide Databases Committee. Mango is free for all Alaska residents, and offers a fast and convenient solution for our communities’ increasing language-learning needs. Each lesson combines real life situations and audio from native speakers with simple, clear instructions. The courses are presented with an appreciation for cultural nuance and real-world application that integrates components of vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar and culture. Users learn actual conversation, breaking down complex conversational elements within an audio-visual framework that allows the user to draw important connections between pieces of information they have already learned.

Mango is available in two versions.  One is Mango Complete, a course that is designed to provide a deep understanding of a language and its culture. It is available in 31 foreign language and 14 ESL courses.  The second is Mango Basic, which teaches everyday greetings, gratitudes, goodbyes and helpful phrases in a short period of time and is designed to appeal to a beginner in a new language. The courses, which require only two to five hours of time to complete, are currently available in 34 foreign languages and 15 English as a Second Language (ESL) courses.

Mango is available on the Digital Pipeline at http://sled.alaska.edu/databases/home.html%20 under Business & Career, Education, High School and A-Z resources. You can also directly access Mango from within Alaska at http://libraries.mangolanguages.com/alaska/start. Please report any problems with signing up for this resource to Daniel Cornwall at daniel.cornwall@alaska.gov.

Funding for Mango Languages is from an Interlibrary Cooperation grant from the Alaska State Library.