Category: Subscriptions


Encyclopedia Britannica Online

GENRE: Encyclopedia

TEASER: The Encyclopedia Britannica is a world of information at your fingertips. Their headquarters is in Chicago, IL. A wide variety of topics are written on, such as: mathematics, science, art, health, history, music, literature, etc.

SUMMARY: Encyclopedia Britannica Online has more than 120,000 articles that are updated regularly. The print Encyclopedia Britannica is the oldest English language encyclopedia that is still in print.

CRITIQUE: There are a lot of maps and pictures to cut through some of the text. you have the option of using the search engine or browsing by category. You also have the option of narrowing your search by keywords or type of article, i.e. magazine. I preformed a test search on Leonardo da Vinci and received four pages of results. All in all I felt that Encyclopedia Britannica Online was efficient and serves the purpose quite nicely.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: The Encyclopedia Britannica has over 4,000 contributors for the articles found in print and online. Currently editorial staff of the Encyclopedia Britannica includes five senior editors and nine associate Editors. They are supervised by Dale Hoiberg and four others.

WEBSITE: http://www.britannica.com

GRADE LEVEL All

CHALLENGE ISSUES: N/A

DEFENSE: N/A

CURRICULUM TIES: Math, science, history, music, art, etc.

BOOKTALKING IDEAS: N/A

WHY INCLUDED: I feel that Encyclopedia Britannica is a useful school resource for teenagers.

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Tutor.com
Founded in 1998 by George Cigale

GENRE: Education and Study aides

TEASER: Get help with your homework online 24/7.

SUMMARY: Tutor.com is an online educational service used for homework assistance and career services. Students can use this site for help with studying, test preparation, essay writing, proofreading, homework problems, and various school projects. No need for an appointment. It is also available 24/7. There is also a mobile version for the iPhone and iPad.

CRITIQUE: This site seems very easy to use and convenient. I really like that people are available around the clock to help students. I also love the that the instructors can write out problems using tables. This makes it much easier for students with math problems. I wish I had known about this when I was in high school. I might have done better in Calculus.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: N/A

WEBSITE: http://www.tutor.com/

GRADE LEVEL K-12

CHALLENGE ISSUES: N/A

DEFENSE: N/A

CURRICULUM TIES: Mathamatics: Algebra, Trigonometry, Calculus, Geometry and Statistics, English: Essay Writing, Grammar, and Literature, Science: Earth Science, Biology, Physics, and Chemistry, Test Prep: State Standardized Tests, Advanced Placement (AP) courses, PST, SAT, ACT, and IB

BOOKTALKING IDEAS: N/A

WHY INCLUDED: Students cannot always get help at school. This site provides the necessary support they need in order to do well in school.

Mango Language Learning Software

GENRE: Foreign Languages

SUMMARY: This program offers 34 different languages and 15 different ESL courses. It uses real-life situations and conversations to more efficiently learn a new language. The language courses offered are: Urdu, Arabic (Levantine), Chinese (Mandarin), Chinese (Cantonese), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dari, Dutch, Farsi (Persian), Finish, French, French (Canadian), German, Greek, Haitian Creole, Hebrew, Hindi, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Pashto, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Slovak, Spanish (Latin America), Tagalog, Tamil, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, and Vietnamese. They currently serves one in five American libraries. many federal agencies like the Department of Homeland Security are using Mango Languages Online.

CRITIQUE: It keeps track of the courses you’ve taken and how many hours you’ve put in. You can go at your own pace and you can redo a lesson if you need to work on that particular section more. There is also a translation section. They have recently added a mobile application. I find this very convenient and accessible. I have found the lessons I’ve taken easy to follow and effective. I just recently discovered that my library had Mango Languages Online. I will definitely be taking advantage of this application in the future.

WEBSITE: http://www.mangolanguages.com/

READING LEVEL: General Audence

CHALLENGE ISSUES: N/A

DEFENSE: N/A

CURRICULUM TIES: Language

BOOKTALKING IDEAS: N/A

WHY INCLUDED: Even when I was a teenager I loved learning languages. This site could be used in conjunction with a class or it could be used for private study.