My del.icio.us bookmarks for November 10th

Filed Under (Uncategorized) by Steve Dembo on 10-11-2009

These are my links for November 10th:

Homework Websites

Filed Under (Uncategorized) by Laura Smith on 10-11-2009

For the past few years, our school has been using SchoolNotes to post our homework assignments online.  Recently, however, we have been having problems with SchoolNotes not updating properly, and this summer I had a terrible time signing up for new teacher accounts.  So I have begun to investigate other options, and I thought my research might benefit other teachers looking for an online homework site.First up: Homework Station.This is a snappy, simple little site with no ads and a very easy interface.  Teacher signup is quick and easy, and homework entry is quick and easy as well- great for those with minimal web skills.  The only complaints I have are that you can’t direct-link to a teacher’s site, from our school website for example.  Also, teachers can post grades from only three different subjects.  This works for some, but what about teachers like me who teach every grade in the school.  I have 19 classes!  3 boxes just isn’t going to cut it.Next: Homework Hero.Oh, no.  I’ve already hit a “con” – this site is not free.  However, the yearly fee starts at $24.95 for a whole school for a year, so it’s really not that bad.  But if you are an individual teacher, that’s a lot to spend when there are plenty of free options available.It looks like there are a lot of good things about this site.  Here’s their list of “Basic Features”:

* An assignment page for every teacher at the school.
* School “Home Page at Homework Hero” automatically lists all active teacher assignment pages.
* Assignments can be viewed from any computer with Internet access.
* Assignments easily updated with a single form.
* Each teacher page is password protected.
* Local site manager can add, delete, or modify teacher pages.
* Manager functions are password protected.
* HTML can be used in pages, but is not necessary.
* Simple, speedy interface.
* Detailed online help pages.
* Support available by e-mail, phone, web contact form. 
* Assignment pages have limited commercial messages appropriate for all viewers. No pop-up or pop-under ads.
* Easy, online sign-up. Only school employees or others authorized by a school may sign up.
* Available to individual schools or individual teachers.
* Optional Reminder Service for teachers.
* Frequent data backups.
* Automatic lost password retrieval. 
* Individual teachers can upload a graphic to the assignment page!

Sounds Great!  But in order to try it, we have to pay…YourHomework.com- This site just looks spammy. I moved on to the next one.ClassNotesOnline.com- this looks ok- I would like to see a sample school site, but there are not many to be found.  The sample site they have available is very minimalist.  I do like the fact that you can create several pages, with a set of navigation links at the top.Final analysis- after looking at the options, I would probably go with Homework Hero.  That is just my opinion.  However, in the time since I started writing this draft, our school has actually decided to stop the use of a homework website (I did all this research for nothing! lol)  Even being the techie that I am, I applaud this decision.  Our students have planner booklets that were not getting used, because they would just look it up online.  But what happens when the network is down, or the website crashes?  We felt the need to instill a sense of responsibility in our students, for them to keep track of the work themselves.  In the end, these homework sites should be a back-up, not the only way to keep track of schoolwork.What do you think?  Are we coddling students by not holding them responsible for writing down their own work?

My Tweets for 2009-11-09

Filed Under (Uncategorized) by Laura Smith on 09-11-2009

  • just sent in my GTA application! w00t! #

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My del.icio.us bookmarks for November 9th

Filed Under (Uncategorized) by Steve Dembo on 09-11-2009

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My Tweets for 2009-11-08

Filed Under (Uncategorized) by Laura Smith on 08-11-2009

  • rt @greggrunberg check out http://talkaboutit.org/promise … My birthmother suffered from epilepsy… it’s the reason I was adopted. #
  • @greggrunberg know i’m late on this… but you can’t beat the old Rankin Bass specials… #

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My del.icio.us bookmarks for November 3rd through November 6th

Filed Under (Uncategorized) by Steve Dembo on 06-11-2009

These are my links for November 3rd through November 6th:

My Tweets for 2009-11-04

Filed Under (Uncategorized) by Laura Smith on 04-11-2009

  • @brasst we have 1-1 and they get loaner immediately, w/24 hr or less turnaround for minor fixes and 3 days to send out for major repairs #

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My del.icio.us bookmarks for December 2nd through November 2nd

Filed Under (Uncategorized) by Steve Dembo on 02-11-2009

These are my links for December 2nd through November 2nd:

My Tweets for 2009-11-01

Filed Under (Uncategorized) by Laura Smith on 01-11-2009

  • the girls are sorting their halloween candy stash! they pick their faves and the great pumpkin comes tonight to take the rest… ;) #

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My del.icio.us bookmarks for November 1st

Filed Under (Uncategorized) by Steve Dembo on 01-11-2009

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