Shmoop Offers New Suite of Online Courses, Test Prep, and Learning Guides for 2014-15 School Year

Shmoop’s fresh content will engage students as they get over the back-to-school slump.

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Summer is coming to a close, and everything’s about to kick into high gear again—but not without Shmoop’s help. Shmoop University (www.shmoop.com), a digital curriculum company that aims to make learning fun and accessible, has loads of new content ready for the 2014-2015 school year.

Shmoop’s videos and Learning Guides cover all subjects under the sun. This summer alone, Shmoop released an analysis of Grendel, a guide to the biblical Book of Proverbs, and a first-person online profile for Nietzsche, among hundreds of other free resources.

Teachers will be thrilled to know that Shmoop is upgrading its Test Prep resources to be sure that everything is up-to-date for those ever-changing tests. AP® US History is getting a facelift and, AP® Physics 1 and 2 are joining the club. Also hopping on the bandwagon are dozens of new Common Core-aligned Online Courses, including 6th Grade Math, Pre-Algebra 1, Pre-Algebra 2, Algebra 1, Geometry, Sociology, 8th Grade Health, HOPE, and several short courses on classic novels.

Speaking of Common Core (and who isn’t?), Shmoop now has a searchable database to help educators find sample assignments and activities tagged to each Standard. Also tagged to Common Core Standards are Shmoop’s new Math Shack sections: 6th Grade Math, Stats and Probability, and Geometry. Math Shack offers infinite math problems, and students and teachers can keep track of their progress as they master each concept.

Throughout the 2014-15 school year, Shmoop will be releasing such courses as AP® English Literature and Composition, Literature in the Media, Contemporary Literature, Career Research and Decision Making, AP® Comparative Government, Psychology, World Geography, and Middle School English.

Students, teachers, and administrators alike will be heading to Shmoop this year as their one-stop shop for education. It doesn’t get much simpler than that.

About Shmoop

Shmoop is a digital curriculum and test prep company that makes fun, rigorous learning and teaching resources. Shmoop content is written by experts and teachers, who collaborate to create high-quality and engaging materials for teachers and students. Shmoop Courses, Test Prep, Teaching Guides, and Learning Guides balance a teen-friendly, approachable style with academically rigorous concepts. Shmoop sees 10 million unique visitors a month on its site and offers more than 7,000 titles across the Web, iPhone, Android devices, iPad, Kindle, Nook, and Sony Reader. The company has been honored twice by the Webby Awards, named “Best in Tech” twice by Scholastic Administrator, and awarded with two Annual Education Software Review Awards (EDDIES). Launched in 2008, Shmoop is headquartered in a labradoodle-patrolled office in Mountain View, California.

AP is a registered trademark of the College Board, which was not involved in the production of and does not endorse this product.

 

Shmoop Presents the Top 10 Books Least Likely to Become Summer Blockbusters

As summer blockbusters roll out, Shmoop compiles a list of books that won’t be hitting the silver screen any time soon.

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The Fault In Our Stars and The Giver know how it’s done, but not every book can be so seamlessly adapted into a summer blockbuster. Shmoop, a digital publishing company aimed to make learning fun and accessible, has put together a list of the Top 10 Books Least Likely to Become Summer Blockbusters.

1. Ethan Frome. Everyone loves an action flick, and Ethan Frome just doesn’t fit the bill. A classic story? Yes. A thrilling, what-will-happen-next suspense thriller? Not so much. Add to that the bleakest of bleak New England winters, and it’s probably best to save this one for a cozy fireside read instead of a night at the cineplex.

2. Atlas Shrugged. Nothing personal, Ayn—it’s just that no one will sit through a 12-hour movie. Unless there are hobbits involved.

3. Plato’s Republic. It may be the foundation of all philosophy ever, but…it’s the foundation of all philosophy ever. Shmoop will be reading this VIP text forever, but it’s definitely not silver screen material.

4. As I Lay Dying. James Franco tried it, and it turned into a straight-to-DVD kind of situation. Sure, Faulkner and his modernist friends did plenty of interesting things with narration, but fifteen narrators are probably too much for Hollywood fans to swallow.

5. Augustine’s Confessions. Shmoop loves reading other people’s diaries as much as the next guy—just not at the movies.

6. “Hills Like White Elephants.” The Breakfast Club pulled off the whole sitting-around-talking shtick, and if anyone has John Hughes’s visionary chops, it’s Ernest Hemingway. But Hemingway’s simple style, which works wonders in writing, isn’t made for the big screen.

7. Cyrano de Bergerac. Two words: beauty sells.

8. The Prince. When The Silmarillion becomes a hit, that’s when The Prince has a chance. Unless folks suddenly want to see a manual hit theaters, Machiavelli’s going to have to wait his turn.

9. Utopia. Now that the world has seen dystopias filled with mystical creatures and crazy plot twists, it’s not likely that crowds will flock to a blow-by-blow description of the ideology behind it all.

10. “The Red Wheelbarrow.” This is more of a challenge…because who doesn’t want to see a 16-word poem turned into a summer blockbuster?

This list isn’t foolproof, of course. Shmoop never would have guessed that Heart of Darkness would make it big as Apocalypse Now, but it turns out the bigwigs can change everything about a book except the names and still call it an adaptation. With that in mind, Shmoop’s money is on The Old Man and the Sea.

About Shmoop

Shmoop is a digital curriculum and test prep company that makes fun, rigorous learning and teaching resources. Shmoop content is written by experts and teachers, who collaborate to create high-quality and engaging materials for teachers and students. Shmoop Courses, Test Prep, Teaching Guides, and Learning Guides balance a teen-friendly, approachable style with academically rigorous concepts. Shmoop sees 10 million unique visitors a month on its site and offers more than 7,000 titles across the Web, iPhone, Android devices, iPad, Kindle, Nook, and Sony Reader. The company has been honored twice by the Webby Awards, named “Best in Tech” twice by Scholastic Administrator, and awarded with two Annual Education Software Review Awards (EDDIES). Launched in 2008, Shmoop is headquartered in a labradoodle-patrolled office in Mountain View, California.

Shmoop Earns CLRN-Certified® Status, Offering Unique Breadth and Depth of Courses

Shmoop’s 9th-grade ELA course, Introduction to Literature, has been certified by the California Learning Resource Network (CLRN).

June 27, 2014, Mountain View, CA. – Shmoop University (www.shmoop.com), a digital curriculum company aimed to make learning fun and accessible, has earned CLRN certification for its 9th-grade English Language Arts Online Course. By year end, Shmoop plans to submit for certification a variety of courses in English Language Arts, Math, Science, and History.

ImageTo earn certification, courses are required to meet rigorous California Department of Education Standards and Common Core State Standards. They are also required to meet 80 percent of iNACOL’s National Standards for Quality Online Courses. Shmoop blew the requirements out of the water, receiving a rating of 95 percent for Content Standards and 88 percent for Online Standards for its English Language Arts Online Course.

David Siminoff, founder and Chief Creative Officer of Shmoop, remarks, “Shmoop is a one-stop shop for education. Students love us. Teachers love us. And this CLRN-Certified® status proves that we offer more than engaging materials and a goofy sense of humor—we are a premier provider of best-in-breed academic resources.”

Shmoop’s full course catalog includes Common Core-aligned courses in all subjects, including,

  • Business and Career Preparation;
  • College Preparation;
  • English;
  • Health, Physical Education, and Counseling;
  • History and Social Sciences;
  • Humanities;
  • Life Skills;
  • Literature;
  • Math;
  • Science;
  • Technology and Computer Science;
  • Test Prep; and
  • Writing.

They offer traditional courses, like a full suite of Core ELA and Math courses for grades 9-12, along with special interest courses like Young Adult Literature and an entire course devoted to Breaking Bad. Each of Shmoop’s courses—written by teachers and content experts—digs deep into the content matter, all while helping students develop the skills they need to succeed.

Shmoop will be at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) 2014 Conference and Expo in Atlanta (June 28 – July 1) at booth 3341, where educators can learn more about the wealth of resources Shmoop has to offer.

About Shmoop

Shmoop is a digital curriculum and test prep company that makes fun, rigorous learning and teaching resources. Shmoop content is written by experts and teachers, who collaborate to create high-quality and engaging materials for teachers and students. Shmoop Courses, Test Prep, Teaching Guides, and Learning Guides balance a teen-friendly, approachable style with academically rigorous concepts. Shmoop sees 10 million unique visitors a month on its site and offers more than 7,000 titles across the Web, iPhone, Android devices, iPad, Kindle, Nook, and Sony Reader. The company has been honored twice by the Webby Awards, named “Best in Tech” twice by Scholastic Administrator, and awarded with two Annual Education Software Review Awards (EDDIES). Launched in 2008, Shmoop is headquartered in a labradoodle-patrolled office in Mountain View, California.

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School’s Out for the Shmooper: This Year on Shmoop

To Kill a Mockingbird maintains its crown as most popular guide on Shmoop, but bestselling novels begin to climb their way to the top.

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Another year, another stampede of students and teachers doing their thing on Shmoop. Shmoop, a digital publishing company that makes fresh, engaging resources for students and teachers, reports this school year’s stats:

Shmoop’s take? No matter how many vampires, dystopias, or fancy new exams make their way onto the scene, the classics aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.

About Shmoop

Shmoop is a digital curriculum and test prep company that makes fun, rigorous learning and teaching resources. Shmoop content is written by experts and teachers, who collaborate to create high-quality and engaging materials for teachers and students. Shmoop Courses, Test Prep, Teaching Guides, and Learning Guides balance a teen-friendly, approachable style with academically rigorous concepts. Shmoop sees 10 million unique visitors a month on its site and offers more than 7,000 titles across the Web, iPhone, Android devices, iPad, Kindle, Nook, and Sony Reader. The company has been honored twice by the Webby Awards, named “Best in Tech” twice by Scholastic Administrator, and awarded with two Annual Education Software Review Awards (EDDIES). Launched in 2008, Shmoop is headquartered in a labradoodle-patrolled office in Mountain View, California.

*SAT is a registered trademark of the College Board, which was not involved in the production of and does not endorse this product.
*ACT is a federally registered trademark of ACT, Inc. Shmoop University is not affiliated with or endorsed by ACT, Inc.

Shmoop Encourages Summer Learning With Courses and Math Shack

Shmoop offers short courses for summer reading and free math drills to help students maintain their motivation throughout the summer months.

ImageKeeping students’ brains sharp over the summer is no easy task, but Shmoop, a digital publishing company with over 10 million unique visitors a month, is ready for the challenge. With hundreds of thousands of pages of free learning resources, students can spend their summers soaking up more than just the sun.

And now, Shmoop has two new offerings to make summer engagement even easier.

For the bookworms of the bunch, Shmoop provides short courses on novels, including The Great Gatsby, Frankenstein, Animal Farm, and over a dozen more. Students can take the courses on their own, using Shmoop’s lessons to guide them through their summer reading; or they can take them with a tutor or teacher, who can track their progress and help keep them on track.

If students are less into reading for school and more into learning for fun (gasp!), Shmoop also offers fun courses that will keep students’ critical thinking neurons firing: courses on Breaking Bad, Bruce Springsteen, How to Read Comics, Pop Culture Literacy, and the History of Technology will engage any student looking to expand their summer horizons.

For the mathletes of the crew, Shmoop offers Free Math Shack: infinite (literally infinite!) math drills with questions on Pre-Algebra, Algebra, and Geometry. Math Shack tracks students’ progress, so they’ll know which concepts they’ve mastered and which they need to brush up on before next school year begins; and since each drill is aligned to the Common Core, teachers can be 100% sure that students have covered every necessary Standard. Shmoop suggests that teachers even create contests with Shmoints (Shmoop’s virtual currency) to make sure students have a reason to keep Shmooping over the summer. Talk about a win-win situation.

About Shmoop

Shmoop is a digital curriculum and test prep company that makes fun, rigorous learning and teaching resources. Shmoop content is written by experts and teachers, who collaborate to create high-quality and engaging materials for teachers and students. Shmoop Courses, Test Prep, Teaching Guides, and Learning Guides balance a teen-friendly, approachable style with academically rigorous concepts. Shmoop sees 10 million unique visitors a month on its site and offers more than 7,000 titles across the Web, iPhone, Android devices, iPad, Kindle, Nook, and Sony Reader. The company has been honored twice by the Webby Awards, named “Best in Tech” twice by Scholastic Administrator, and awarded with two Annual Education Software Review Awards (EDDIES). Launched in 2008, Shmoop is headquartered in a labradoodle-patrolled office in Mountain View, California.

 

Shmoop Launches SmartPhone-Ready Video Test Prep to Help Students Study for SAT*, ACT*, and CAHSEE

Shmoop delivers free Test Prep videos to students via email, allowing them to study quickly and rigorously.

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When it comes to cram time, students want their information—stat. With Shmoop’s Video Test Prep, students can study in quick bursts whenever they have a few minutes to spare.

When a student registers, Shmoop will send them three videos a day, tailored to their SAT*, ACT*, or CAHSEE needs. Students can then watch the videos in the convenience of their own home/school/bus/circus tent. And there’s no need to set a study reminder: Shmoop will automatically send the videos, prompting students to watch. Plus, because the videos are relatable, they won’t end in an unplanned nap.

Each video includes a sample exam question and walks students through the process of answering it. By providing detailed answer explanations, Shmoop fosters comprehension, so that students don’t just get practice with one question; they are able to improve their skills for an entire concept.

Shmoop will send these videos directly to a student’s inbox every day for thirty days; by the end of the month, students will have reviewed the equivalent of a full-length practice exam. Bonus: each video is tagged to the Common Core. It’s every teacher’s dream.

Go ahead and sign up—Shmoop will take care of the rest.

About Shmoop

Shmoop is a digital curriculum and test prep company that makes fun, rigorous learning and teaching resources. Shmoop content is written by experts and teachers, who collaborate to create high-quality and engaging materials for teachers and students. Shmoop Courses, Test Prep, Teaching Guides, and Learning Guides balance a teen-friendly, approachable style with academically rigorous concepts. Shmoop sees 10 million unique visitors a month on its site and offers more than 7,000 titles across the Web, iPhone, Android devices, iPad, Kindle, Nook, and Sony Reader. The company has been honored twice by the Webby Awards, named “Best in Tech” twice by Scholastic Administrator, and awarded with two Annual Education Software Review Awards (EDDIES). Launched in 2008, Shmoop is headquartered in a labradoodle-patrolled office in Mountain View, California.

*SAT and AP are registered trademarks of the College Board, which was not involved in the production of and does not endorse this product.

*ACT is a federally registered trademark of ACT, Inc. Shmoop University is not affiliated with or endorsed by ACT, Inc.

 

 

Just in Time for Easter and Passover, Shmoop Launches New Bible Resources and Math Shack Easter Eggs

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Shmoop introduces a new course on the Torah, updates its Bible learning guides, and hides math game bonuses for Passover and Easter.

Shmoop, the digital curriculum site that over 10 million high school visitors depend on each month, has just released new resources for Passover and Easter. Whether students are looking for a deeper understanding of the Torah or Bible, or just want to start an online Easter Egg hunt for hidden prizes, Shmoop has learning tools for everyone.

New Bible Resources

While students might be tempted to learn about the Bible from movies like The Prince of Egypt or musicals like Jesus Christ Superstar, nothing beats the source material. However, given that students have a hard enough time understanding Shakespeare, mastering a book that was written over a millennium ago can be a tough task. Thankfully, Shmoop has the resources to make the Bible relevant to even the most stubborn student.

Shmoop’s new online course on the Torah demystifies the Hebrew Bible with lectures, activities, and discussion questions that take students step-by-step from Genesis through Deuteronomy. By the end, students will know some of the greatest stories ever told—and how those stories still affect them today.

In addition to Shmoop’s new course, Shmoop’s given its existing Bible Learning Guides a makeover so that understanding the #1 bestselling book of all time is easier than ever. From the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible to the New Testament, Shmoop breaks down every proverb and parable so that students get what’s going on and see how it applies to literature and modern-day life.

Free Math Shack: Easter Eggs Inside!

Math Shack, Shmoop’s online math study tool, is now 100% free for all middle and high school students. Math Shack allows students to practice an infinite number of auto-generated math problems in Pre-Algebra, Algebra, and Geometry. Shmoop’s Math Shack is not only unlimited and addictive; it’s also Common Core-aligned, easy to share, and a simple way to track math mastery. Plus, Math Shack is easily adaptable to any computer lab, classroom, or study hall environment.

The new Math Shack brings even more bells and whistles to the game with the ultimate in tracking, mastery, and fun:

  • Common Core-Aligned Topics. Each question is tagged with a Common Core Standard, which links to Shmoop’s Common Core page so that students can read along and see which skills they’re practicing, or jump ahead of the curve for next year by practicing different topic areas on Math Shack.
  • Mastery Tracking. Students can see how they’re performing—by topic and subject—through an easy color-coded system. That way, they can quickly identify gaps and drill into areas of weakness, making it easy to track preparation for Common Core assessments.
  • Easter Eggs and Competitions.Shmoop is known for making learning fun, and Math Shack is no exception. Not only do students get to compete against their personal best; they can also compete against each other. Students can earn points (‘Shmoints’) and see who can get the most, adding friendly rivalry to the daily math grind. In addition, Shmoop has added in special “Easter Eggs,” like extra Shmoints for certain topics and a rocketship blaster math game.

Students and teachers can get started on their math mastery and search for their Easter Egg bonuses on Shmoop’s Math Shack site.

 

About Shmoop

Shmoop is a digital curriculum and test prep company that makes fun, rigorous learning and teaching materials. Shmoop content is written by master teachers and Ph.D. students from Stanford, Harvard, UC Berkeley, and other top universities. Shmoop Learning Guides, Test Prep, and Teacher’s Editions balance a teen-friendly, approachable style with academically rigorous materials to help teachers help students understand how subjects relate to their daily lives. Shmoop sees over 8 million unique visitors a month on its site, and offers more than 7,000 titles across the Web, iPhone, Android devices, iPad, Kindle, Nook, and Sony Reader. The company has been honored twice by the Webby Awards, named “Best in Tech” twice by Scholastic Administrator, and awarded with two Annual Education Software Review Awards (EDDIES). Launched in 2008, Shmoop is headquartered in a labradoodle-patrolled office in Mountain View, California.