Resources available to help students who are learning from home

By: Brendan Losinski | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published September 18, 2020

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EASTPOINTE/ROSEVILLE — Going back to school can be stressful under normal circumstances, but with many young people remotely learning due to COVID-19, many more students and parents are looking for ways to stay on top of classes.

There are several tools available that those in the Eastpointe and Roseville communities can explore to see if they can get a better grip on material while learning from home.

Eastpointe Community Schools is suggesting several online resources for students to use to supplement what they are learning both online or in the classroom — particularly if they are having difficulty adjusting to the altered curriculum.

These tools include Raz Kids, which offers digital selections at different reading levels for elementary school students; Study Island, which provides practice and intervention for skills at all grade levels; ExactPath, which creates individualized learning paths for students at all grade levels; and Newsela, which provides articles and reading materials for secondary students, especially on social studies and science topics.

“These resources give our teachers additional ways to provide instruction that is specific to each student’s individual needs,” Eastpointe Assistant Superintendent Christina Gibson said in an email. “Where a teacher would have pulled a book off a shelf that suits a child’s reading level or handed out a worksheet to support the day’s math lesson, these digital resources allow them to do the same thing in a virtual setting.”

The district also suggests numerous online sources for additional learning such as PBS Learning Media, which provides videos, games, lesson plans and supplemental materials that can be searched by grade level, subject area and keyword. Another is the Khan Academy, which offers interactive practice exercises, instructional videos and a personalized learning dashboard to empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside the classroom.

A full list of Eastpointe Community Schools’ additional resources can be found at eastpointeschools.org/coronavirus/additional-resources.

The Eastpointe Memorial Library also offers several resources that students learning from home can turn to.

“As schools and students adjust to a new learning environment, it is essential to know how the library can help your student achieve academic success,” library Assistant Director Sue Todd said in an email. “We have all kinds of books that support the school curriculum and digital resources that can be used in the library or anywhere there is an internet or Wi-Fi connection — access digital resources through our website, www.cityofeastpointe.net/library.”

The library also has access to several databases that can be very useful to students. These include Learning Express Library, which is an online learning platform of practice tests and tutorial courses designed to help patrons, students and adult learners succeed when taking academic or licensing tests; the Literature Resource Center, which provides access to biographies, bibliographies and critical analysis of authors from every age and literary discipline; and the Encyclopedia Britannica, which helps provide information for students from elementary school to high school.

“One resource only available at the library is ABCmouse,” said Todd. “Winner of numerous awards from national educational, parent, and media organizations; this resource provides an online learning experience for children from 2-8 years of age. ABCmouse encompasses all key academic subject areas, including literacy, math, science, health, and social studies, and offers many art and music-based activities. This database is subscription-based from home; it is free at the library. Use our computer (bring earbuds or headphones) or bring your laptop to access this educational resource.”

Roseville Community Schools also is making suggestions for families.

“There is a Mental Health and Family Outreach page,” Roseville Community Schools Communications Director Joe Genest said in an email. “The Wellness Resources link provides a sheet with contact information for a variety of mental health, family issues, COVID, healthcare, and other areas of assistance.”

The link is located at rosevillepride.org/parents/mental-health--family-outreach-resources.

“We have also created a Virtual Learning Page that has links for students and parents to help them assist them, including student access links, how-to videos, student learning assistance links, and much more,” Genest continued.

That link is located at rosevillepride.org/parents/virtual-learning-resources.

The Roseville Public Library offers a variety of free online tutoring opportunities as well as e-books and other digital services.

“The decision to start the 2020-2021 school year virtually presents numerous new and unique challenges for students, teachers, and parents alike, but the Roseville Public Library is here to help,” said librarian Jason Novetsky. “We have partnered with Roseville Community Schools to offer all Roseville students and teachers free access to our various online resources,”

These resources include online tutoring through Tutor.com as well as digital reading materials through the Libby service. Tutor.com provides online, on-demand academic tutoring, homework help and test preparation to students in kindergarten through the 12th grade through online sessions with certified tutors. Libby offers numerous e-books and digital audiobooks for free. They are available to any Roseville resident with a library card and students enrolled in Roseville Community Schools who bring in their school code, student ID and an assigned PIN.

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