The Introduction to Alaska Digital Resources: Opening Your Info Conduit program developed by members of AkASL and the Juneau chapter of AkLA to introduce you to the statewide electronic resources available through SLED and the Digital Pipeline.

This is your chance to Explore...Discover...Play!...and Learn about the statewide information and research tools and how they can be useful to you both personally and in your library or classroom.

To get started, see the lesson list on the right of this screen.

Need an an id/password for the Digital Pipeline? Call 1-800-440-2919.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Lesson 4a: Live Homework Help

Live Homework Help
Students and adult learners can chat with qualified tutors online about a wide range of subject areas. Alaska residents connect to the service via the digital pipeline. The tutors are able to chat back and forth with the users, draw diagrams to help explain concepts and share uploaded pictures or files. Tutor.com offers live tutoring daily from 1:00 pm to 12:00 am and links to thousands of lessons, videos and other study aids 24/7.

The Tutor.com home page directs the user to one of five different areas:

1. Student Center (Kindergarten through High School)
2. College Center (Undergraduate and non-degree)
3. Adult Education Center (GED and Citizenship)
4. Career Center (Job search and resume writing)
5. ProofPoint Writing Center (for reports, essays and papers)

Watch this brief 2 minute video to get an overview of content and features available. Tutor.com also provides a technical support FAQ and a more general FAQ.

Student CenterTutor.com’s friendly interface encourages student and tutor interaction. Including an easy to use whiteboard and chat areas. All tutoring sessions are saved so students can replay them. Popular subjects include Algebra I, Algebra II, Calculus, Chemistry, Physics, Essay Writing and History.

College CenterThe college center offers tutoring in four general areas of study: Math, Science, English and Social Studies. Tutors can help with a variety tasks like solving equations, writing a thesis statement or reviewing for an exam.

Adult Education CenterTutor.com’s Adult Education Center is designed to help with questions from adults working toward getting high school diploma, wanting to become an American Citizen, or thinking about going back to school.

Career CenterThe Career Center from Tutor.com includes live, one-to-one career help including help writing a resume, searching for a job or preparing for an interview.

ProofPoint Writing CenterThis is where the students, adult learners and job seekers can upload their documents to be proof read for and reviews it with the tutor in real-time.

Discovery Exercises:
Create a blog posting discussing the following questions and other observations you have about Live Homework Help.

1. Using Student Center, get real time help from a tutor with one question from one of these articles:
 “"Are You Smarter than a Fifth Grader? NYT challenge questions: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/18/education/edlife/18quiz-t.html

"Quiz: Could you pass the Metropolitan Police test?"

"Can You Pass This Final 8th-Grade Exam from 1895?"

2. Using the Job Center upload your resume or a recent cover letter for review and feedback. Remember to remove personal info from your document. (You should not share any personal information with your tutors, including your email address, full name, phone number, or anything else that could be used to identify you.)


Using the Proof Point Writing Center upload a recent report or essay for proofreading and feedback. Remember to remove personal info from your document. (You should not share any personal information with your tutors, including your email address, full name, phone number, or anything else that could be used to identify you.)


  1. This looked like a lesson I was very interested in because of the homework Tutor and of course interesting activities to complete. Unfortunately, I am still outside of Alaska and my URL location will not allow me to access
    the tutor.com website until I return to Alaska so I must skip this lesson until next month.
    Goldilocks goes Digital

  2. I thought this lesson was really useful!


  3. Here is the link to my post on 4b:


  4. Here's my post on 4b (4a is still to come) http://attilaarchivist.blogspot.com/2012/03/adr-4a-live-homework-help.html

  5. Hey Ginny! I watched the screencast you sent me on the cover letter edits. Fascinating. Caveat: I've designed and am teaching 2-day workshops on how professionals can find archives jobs. I liked that the tutor said she was just focusing on editing/proof-reading, but if I were taking my cover letter to somebody for help, I'd expect--and I give--a lot more than that. I'm wondering if this service is being oversold a little as something it isn't? And by the way, I'm hoping you're not thinking of going anywhere, but if you ever need help with a cover letter, I'd be glad to assist. I'll need to see the job ad, though. How else to gauge if the cover letter is on target?

    1. Arlene, I agree some aspects of the LHH service are a bit over hyped. I understand the necessity of having the service set up the way it is but it’s too bad Alaskan’s cannot access the LHH outside of Alaska. That means if a student is traveling out of state (on a college visit or to get medical treatment) when they might need the service the most, they can’t access it. Also I spoke with several library pages who attend high school here in Juneau to get their impressions of LHH. One told me that the tutors available for AP courses, especially science and math are limited. One student had a story about waiting 45 minutes for a tutor and even after the session turning in an incomplete homework assignment. On the plus side, I wish I would have known about this service when my son was struggling with Biology I. Also on the screencast you watched, the tutor asked me “Okay, so, you just need me to edit this, correct?” and I confirmed that was correct. Thanks sharing your insights and feedback! Good luck with your workshop, it sounds like an interesting and educational project. Ginny

  6. Here's my post: http://alaskadragonfly.wordpress.com/2012/04/12/lesson-4a-live-homework-help/


  7. Wow, I thought that using the tutor's help for creating a cover letter and resume was fantastic. The tutor was thorough and asked good questions to help me craft a good letter. See my post on geotech librarian's blog.
    BTW: i wish that the links on the Digital Resources class page would be targeted at a new window, rather than going directly to the link. It's an additional step to have to remember when working through the links. Thanks, L

  8. Did anyone else get disconnected midstream with a tutor? I was reconnected but to a different tutor. The second tutor had no idea how that had happened.

    1. Yes, I've had that experience BUT I didn't like the first tutor so was relieved to working with someone new.

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