WXXI's Homework Hotline is a Shining Example of What Public Broadcasting Stations are Doing in Education
“Homework Hotline is an outstanding resource, and I encourage parents to tune in with their kids so they can go through this education journey together,” said Jason Muhammad, who uses the program to complement his sixth-grade son Ayinde’s studies at home. Homework Hotline is WXXI’s live, statewide call-in show, where kids receive help with their homework right over the air.
One million kids tune in to Homework Hotline for help each week. Designed for children in grades four through 12, the program provides the tools students need to succeed with homework, and supports academic achievement across a variety of New York State Learning Standards. Teachers from Rochester Dial-A-Teacher and New York City Dial-A-Teacher take the calls and send them to WXXI studios in Rochester, where host teachers, who are experts in subjects across the curriculum, are standing by ready to help kids work through their homework assignments live on television.
“Homework Hotline is a tremendous service and addresses differentiated instruction for student needs,” writes Martin H. F. Gonser, a teacher at I.S. 230-Queens in Jackson Heights, New York. “It also addresses multiple learning styles, further assisting the entire learning population of the State (beyond the traditional K-12 setting). Additionally, the possibility to reach the diverse population of New York can be realized in this digital age through access using their readily available contemporary tools. I feel pride knowing that this service is available to all students in New York.”
In addition to providing homework help, Homework Hotline presents daily thematic segments on animals, book reviews, history, environment issues, and people and places in New York State. This season Homework Hotline presents a new series of Healthy You segments, which are designed to educate young viewers on ways to improve their health. Hosted by kids, these segments are made possible with support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The information gained from these segments demonstrates why WXXI is your source for leading a healthy lifestyle.
The program also hosts a companion Web site at www.homeworkhotline.org, which earned a 2008 Parents’ Choice Award. The Award honors the best material for children: books, toys, music and storytelling, magazines, software, videogames, television, and Websites. The Web site features a video player where visitors can search by subject matter, segments from the show, interactive games, and homework help tips, a list of educational links, broadcast schedules, teacher host bios, and educational and entertaining features.
Produced by WXXI Public Broadcasting in Rochester, New York, Homework Hotline has garnered eight New York State Broadcasters Association awards for best program or series designed for children, plus a Silver Telly, Bronze Telly, and an Aurora award. New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) funds the program. Visit www.homeworkhotline.org for more information, and to watch video clips from the show.