Module 1: What is Homework Help?

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    MINDS ON: Brief History


    In September 2007, TVO was tasked with designing an online program to improve the outcomes of students in Grades 7-9 mathematics. A pilot for the online program, named “Homework Help,” was launched in the Hamilton-Wentworth and Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Boards. In 2011, the positive feedback from students, guardians and teachers, as well as supporting research, prompted the Ontario Ministry of Education to extend Homework Help to include Grade 10 and expand across the province.


    This year, all grade 7, 8, 9 and 10 math students in publicly funded English language school boards in Ontario have access to a proven and trusted resource for free math support and tutoring.



    Driven by the Ontario curriculum, Homework Help supports grade 7 to 10 students in developing their conceptual understanding of mathematics. Students are provided with both synchronous and asynchronous supports:


    • Students can access personal support through a one-on-one tutoring program called “Ask a Tutor”. This is staffed by certified Ontario teachers in real time, Sunday to Thursday, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. ET. All student sessions are recorded and stored in the student’s virtual locker for review.
    • Students can access a wide array of resources and tools to support their learning, 24/7, 365 days a year. These include the Best Sessions, Tutorials, Listen & Learns and comprehensive math Glossary.




    1. Register for your Homework Help Educator Account! (Click on "Go to Educator Registration" at the bottom of the page) This will give you access to all the digital math resources and tools, as well as the ability to watch live tutoring sessions in the evening.


    To register, you will need your school district email address. Watch the Educator Registration Video for more details:



    2. Explore Homework Help! What do you notice? What resources are you interested in exploring even further? How might you incorporate Homework Help into your school community?




    In our What is Homework Help discussion thread, reflect upon your learning in this module by identifying


    • 3 resources that can be used to support student learning in your community
    • 2 things you are interested in exploring further
    • 1 question you might still have