www.shmoop.com ¦ Retail price: Most of the site is free. Teacher resources, $7
a year; test prep (for ACT, SAT, PSAT, AP), $12.95 to $23 a year. Schools and
districts can purchase a site license at discounted rates.
By David Kapuler
The site offers more than 600 free
Learning Guides in 10 subjects for
grades six through 12. Shmoop
also offers premium paid services:
Teacher’s Editions and online Test
Prep (for ACT , SAT , PSAT , and AP ).
You can also buy Shmoop guides in
mobile app or e-book form.
Quality and Effectiveness:
Shmoop is thorough and well thought
out in its detail. It also has great
teacher resources for an affordable
price, including assignments, quizzes, photos, and timelines.
The test-review section alone makes it worth the cost of
admission. There is so much to be found here that an educator
can teach the same topic a number of ways on mobile
devices, such as iPad, iPhone, Android, and Blackberry.
Ease of Use: At first glance, Shmoop’s home page may
look a little busy. After a few minutes, however, it’s easy to
navigate the site and gain access to all its in-depth content.
The site includes a number of video tutorials.
Creative Use of Technology: Shmoop is innovative,
fun, and engaging. For example, users can earn Shmoints,
the currency used on Shmoop, which may in turn earn them
prizes. Also, the Why Should I Care? section of the analysis/
learning guide helps explain the importance of the analysis
and puts the topic in simple terms. Shmoop incorporates
pop culture into its learning guides and makes learning
interesting and fun.
Suitability for Use in a School Environment: A
teacher can use Shmoop to pick a topic and then find assignments,
quizzes, pop-culture events, and discussion and essay
questions and use these in their teaching. The site is easily
integrated into the classroom and used as a study tool.
¦ Mobility: Shmoop is a large crossplatform
educational publisher that has
more than 4,000 titles available across
the Web, iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle,
Nook, and Sony Reader.
¦ Test prep: Shmoop includes ACT, SAT,
PSAT, and AP prep exams. Test-prep
and teacher editions are completely
digital and affordable.
¦ Innovation: Everything can be found
here, from an abundance of teacher
resources, videos, and photos to a great
array of online tools.
Shmoop is easy to use and simple in its approach yet
highly innovative and humorous so as to keep the user