Montreal - SOS DEVOIRS, a homework help tool, is added to the web portal of Montreal public libraries.
OUR DUTIES is a new interactive area aimed at young people aged 6 to 12. This new service, launched last Monday, is part of the measures intended for Montreal families that were announced last March by Mayor Gérald Tremblay.
Among other things, the SOS DEVOIRS zone allows young people to chat between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. and thus help each other at homework time. It is also a place of accompaniment where young people will find support in their research. Moreover, there is a section where all research topics are classified from A to Z.
The directory includes around a hundred subjects chosen according to the themes of the primary school program established by the Ministry of Education, Recreation and Sport of Quebec.
Each topic is accompanied by a brief description of the topic as such, books and DVDs available in the library, a Did you know? Box, tips and tricks, a quiz, and finally, a section where you can find several other resources to browse on the web.
The interactive environment of SOS DEVOIRS also allows young people to create content themselves. They will be able to recommend books or resources to their peers.
Toolbox is a section that aims to improve the efficiency and quality of student research. For example, if a young person does not know where to start when to search for a presentation, a detailed working method is offered to guide him or her.
“Integrated into our education system and adapted to the tastes of young people, SOS DEVOIRS is fun, interactive and linked to development 2.0 and the social web. […] Young people will soon be able to define SOS DEVOIRS as the new cool site ”, underlined, in a communicated, Helen Fotopulos, responsible for culture, heritage, design and the status of women on the executive committee of the City of Montreal.
Ms. Fotopulos launched SOS DEVOIRS in collaboration with Lyn Thériault, responsible for social and community development, family and seniors.
New sections coming soon
According to the press release, in addition to SOS DEVOIRS, three new areas will soon emerge: Reading, Seeing and Listening, Wow Montreal and Parent-Teachers.
In the Read, see and listen area, young people will introduce others to reading favorites. Digital works will be available and it will even be possible to make virtual meetings with Quebec authors.
Wow Montreal will consist of a directory of outings, activities, shows and walks to do in Montreal. The Parent-Teacher Zone, for its part, will offer a variety of tools and ideas to awaken young people to reading.
The City of Montreal has invested 168,000 $ in the initial development of the web portal intended for 6 to 12 year olds. It will inject 162,000 $ annually to enrich it over the next few years.
By Marie-Christine Leblanc