MONTREAL, March 26, 2014 / CNW Telbec / - Isolate a variable, balance a chemical equation, add improper fractions or grant a direct complement with exchanges of less than 160 characters? As of today, Hello prof, with the help of Rogers Youth FundMC, is taking advantage of wireless technology to extend the reach of its tutoring by launching a new homework assistance service via text messages. Students can now use their wireless devices to ask questions about their homework, in the form of text messages, directly to the Allô prof team, which has around 100 teachers.
The organization thus responds to a repeated wish of its users and adds a new tool to its offer of free educational support for young people in primary and secondary education.
The texting service is expected to respond to 2,000 more requests per month, an increase of 20 % in direct help already available over the phone, in cyber classes and forums. Students will communicate their questions using standard text messaging numbers. No application therefore has to be downloaded. There are four separate numbers, each corresponding to specific subjects:
Text messaging is available Monday through Thursday, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Like the other Allô prof services, text messaging help is free for users (standard text messaging fees apply depending on the student's plan). For Sandrine Faust, Executive Director, “Allô prof's texting service project will appeal to its convenience. Pupils who are more reluctant to ask for help will find it an original encouragement to engage in their studies. They now know that they can simply submit their problem via text message and then get help from teachers. With such a tool, Allô prof will be even more anchored in their daily life. This launch helps to show young people the importance that society places on their success in school. "
Allô prof relies on mobile technologies to enrich its offer of academic support services. This project is carried out in close collaboration with Rogers Youth Fund, a national initiative whose objective is to help young people overcome their academic problems in order to surpass themselves, both inside and outside the classroom.
“Congratulations to Allô prof who continues to offer creative options that enhance the services offered to young people in the region,” said Hyun-Hee Pyun, vice-president, marketing, Eastern Canada, Rogers Communications. The new homework assistance service by text messaging promotes greater accessibility to academic support, information and a better future for our children. "
What does the texting service look like?
Paradoxically, the constraints associated with the format of the text message actually benefit shy students who may be inclined to choose a more anonymous exchange. “On our side, the teachers use a Web application that is identical to text messaging in all respects, except that they can type on the keyboard and use the mouse to quickly copy links to content from the Allô prof platform, such as video clips. , explanations in the virtual library or exchanges in support forums. The students thus obtain detailed explanations despite the very short format of the text, specifies Sandrine Faust. Also, the character limit encourages students to be concise and clear in the wording of the question, which in itself is an interesting pedagogical purpose. "
We see that in addition to helping answer questions from a larger number of students, the text service will allow Allô prof to showcase his other online tools to users who may not know them. not.
Hello prof responded to 5.8 million requests from students and parents last year, and more than 12 million since its inception 18 years ago.
About Allô prof
Allô prof is a charitable organization that supports school perseverance by providing free homework help to all elementary and secondary school students in Quebec and their parents. The development of services has been achieved thanks to the support of several partners: the Ministry of Education, Recreation and Sport, Rogers, Réunir Réussir (R2), Fondation Réussite Jeunesse, Rio Tinto Alcan, National Bank, Microsoft , Télé-Québec, Hydro-Québec, Commission scolaire de Montréal and Fonds Universitas.
SOURCE Hello teacher