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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.

After Doubling Their AP® Pass Rate with Online Test Prep, CA High School Implements New Online AP® and Classroom Resources

Tustin High School sees widespread improvement in scores after adding Shmoop to all its AP® programs

When Tustin High School introduced Shmoop’s AP® Test Prep into their AP® US History classes last year and saw pass rates nearly double for the subject in May 2012, the school thought more Shmoop might be a good thing. Using funds from voter approved ‘Measure S’ for Tustin Unified School District, Tustin High School introduced Shmoop, a large, award-winning online curriculum and Test Prep provider, to thousands of 11th- and 12th-grade AP® students. The May 2013 AP® exam results proved that trading in old textbooks for an online blend of interactive AP® practice exams, video answer explanations, individual analytics dashboards, and timed drills was the perfect ingredient for AP® success.

One of the most promising results from the May 2013 exams was that Tustin’s percentage of college-eligible scores on their AP® exams (a ‘3’ or above) doubled since 2011, when Shmoop first began piloting with the California high school.

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“The demographics of Tustin Unified School District mirror the state of California’s, so it’s exciting to think that one day we could be shrinking achievement gaps across the state through greater access to quality online content like this,” said Jonathan Blackmore, Principal at Tustin High School. “Shmoop has been a great resource at Tustin High School because our students have become the drivers of Shmoop and trained the teachers because they’ve loved the product and content so much.”

Based on their AP® success, Tustin Unified School District is currently developing custom, Common Core-aligned online math courses with Shmoop. It will be the first time the school has piloted the 100% digital curriculum format for its students for the following subjects:

  • 6th Grade Math
  • 6th – 7th Grade Math Combo
  • 7th Grade Math
  • 7th – 8th Grade Math Combo
  • 8th Grade Math
  • Algebra I
  • Geometry
  • Algebra II
  • Precalculus
  • Finite Math

Students receiving online instruction for these subjects will also be able to communicate virtually with each other and with their teachers through Shmoop’s online classrooms, which contain vital data on completed assignments, test scores, and suggested areas for improvement.

“Shmoop really leveled the playing field for kids of all socioeconomic backgrounds, so we’re excited to roll it out to a greater extent,” said Grant Litfin, Director of Secondary Education at TUSD. “Even the most interactive digital textbook is about $60 – $80 per student and that’s as cheap as you can usually get it, so the fact that Shmoop was more cost-effective and a one-stop shop for a whole world of resources, including test prep and online courses, served the purpose we need.”

About Shmoop

Shmoop is a digital publisher of curriculum and test prep 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 7 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” for 2010 and 2011 by Scholastic Administrator, and awarded with two Annual Education Software Review Awards (EDDIES) in 2013. 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.

 

Literary March Madness Champion Announced

Mockingjay vs. Mockingbird: Shmoop tallies up the votes and awards the 2014 Literary March Madness Tournament Trophy.

After four intense rounds and thousands of votes, Shmoop is proud to announce their 2014 Literary March Madness winner. With 55% of the vote, To Kill a Mockingbird has risen above its page-turning competitors to become the ultimate champion.

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A Cutthroat Competition

Shmoop’s Literary March Madness began with sixteen competitors divided into four genres: British Literature, Dystopian Literature, American Literature, and World Literature. Over 14,000 votes were cast to determine the favorite book.

In the final round, To Kill a Mockingbird went toe-to-toe with experienced competitor The Hunger Games. While the popular dystopian novel has topped Shmoop’s most-visited page list for three years running, Harper E. Lee’s classic pulled ahead at the last moment and defeated Suzanne Collins’s YA favorite. What did Katniss Everdeen, the protagonist of The Hunger Games, have to say about coping with her loss? “Peeta says it will be okay,” Everdeen shared. “We still have each other. And the book.”

A Champion Crowned

To Kill a Mockingbird was published in 1960. Loosely inspired by author Harper E. Lee’s childhood growing up in the American South, the book tells the tale of young Scout Finch as she observes the deep-seated racism of her hometown and learns how to stand up for what—and who—she believes in. Shmoop’s Literary March Madness trophy isn’t the first major award for Mockingbird. In 1961, the novel won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

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.

*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.

Literary March Madness: Championship Round

Sixteen entered, and only one will come out on top. Will Katniss Everdeen repeat her Hunger Games success and be the last book standing? Or will Scout’s luck (and ham outfit) keep her safe from Katniss’s bow and arrow?

Make your vote known by tomorrow, Thursday, April 3rd at 11 p.m. PT. And may the odds be ever in the best book’s favor!

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Literary March Madness: Final Four

And then there were four.

Who will make it to our championship round next Wednesday? Will it be Katniss with her bow and arrow skillz? Hamlet with his daddy issues? Scout with her Southern sass? Liesel and her sticky fingers?  Vote now or forever hold your peace.

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