Electronic Homework

Electronic Homework Pages-CSUDH Chemistry Department

This is the entry point to a set of pages for the performance and submission of homework assignments using the World Wide Web. The active pages have a star in front of them. To reach a page, click on the in front of the title. Your instructor will have given you both a title and a page number. Make certain that you are doing the correct page before beginning. If you are new to this system, it is recommended that you orient yourself to its operation by loading the first page, "Significant Figures", performing one problem and submitting the results. These pages have been revised and should run under Netscape 4.x and Internet Explorer 4.x. It is strongly recommended, however, that you use Netscape 4.x, if possible. It has consistently provided the best performance with these applications. Thanks to Gabriel Sroka for providing a fix for some pages which did not run on IE. Feel free to let us know of any problems by using the the email link at the bottom of this page or any of the homework pages.

#1-Significant Figures
#2-Converting Densities
#3-Converting Distance
#4-Converting Mass
#5-Converting Volumes
#6-Density, Mass and Volume
#7-Density Word Problems
#8-Mass, moles and gfws
#9-Elements, mass and moles
#10-Word Problems-Elements and moles
#11-Electrons, protons and neutrons
#12-The Quantum Numbers
#13-Volume, moles and molarity
#14-Mass, Volume, and molarity
#15-Osmotic Pressure
#16-Freezing and Boiling Points of Aqueous Solutions
#17-Basic Calculations from Chemical Formulas
#18-Word Problems-Mass Relationships in Chemical Formulas
#19-Balancing Chemical Reactions
#20-Mass Relationships in Chemical Equations
#21-Percent Yield
#22-Limiting Reagents
#23-Combining % Yield and Limiting Reagent
#24-Avogadros Law
#25-Boyles Law
#26-Charles Law
#27-The Combined Gas Law
#28-The Ideal Gas Equation
#29-Converting Temperatures
#30-Temperature and heat changes for water
#31-Heat Transfer-water only
#32-Heat Transfer-water plus another substance
#33-pH,pOH,[H+], and [OH-]
#34-pH of Acid/Base Solutions
#35-Solutions of Acids and Bases-Word Problems
#36-Acid/Base Titrations
#37-Slightly Soluble Salts
#38-Balancing Redox Equations
#39-Determining Eo
#40-Faraday's Laws
#41-The Nernst Equation
#42-The Scenario Problem
#43-Wavelength, Frequency and Energy
#44-Kinetics
#45-Converting Binary Numbers
#46-Adding Binary Numbers
#47-Subtracting Binary Numbers
#48-Multiplying Binary Numbers
#49-Percentages
#50-Smaller, larger or the same?
#51-Density, elements, mass and moles
#52-Make a Guess #1
#53-Make a Guess #2
#54-Make a Better Guess #1
#55-Make a Better Guess #2
#56-Simple Mixtures
#57-Special Quadratic
#58-Exponents
#59-Simple Nomenclature
#60-Nomenclature-Stock Notation
#61-Mass, moles and Volume-Two Elements
#62-Hess' Law
#63-Atomic Spectrum of Hydrogen
#64-Scientific Notation
#65-Slater's Rules
#66-Reducible Representations
#67-Symmetry Point Groups
#68-Hybridization
#69-Born-Haber Cycles
#70Direct or Inverse
#71Using Rate Laws
#72First Order Processes
#73Generating Reducible Representations
#74Determining the value of the Equilibrium Constant
#75Calculating Equilibrium Concentrations
#76The LeChatelier Effect
#77Hybrid Orbitals
#78Combining Equilibria
#79Q vs K
#80Using Drago-Wayland Parameters-#1
#81The Arrhenius Equation
#82Using Drago-Wayland Parameters-#2
#83The deBroglie Equation
#84Names to Formulas
#85Composition of Buffers
#86Properties of Buffers
#87Naming Organic Fragments
#88R and S Configurations

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Having taught high school English for ten years, I’ve dealt with lots and lots of paper. It seemed like every piece of information, every classroom activity, and every exercise and assignment required paper. With more than 100 students handing me a minimum of two or three pieces of paper every week, this became hundreds of papers I shuffled into folders, squeezed into paper clips, and lugged home and back.

This was my way of life for nearly a decade, until this year, when I availed myself of the technology in the classroom Schoology LMS that allows students to submit homework electronically. Now I feel like I’ve experienced grading and feedback in a whole new way. Schoology is not the only LMS available for electronic work submissions, and the reasons why I love student work submitted electronically extend to several other systems any teacher could use.

Perhaps it’s time you reconsider how you’re currently collecting, grading, and returning work to students, and if shifting this process to a digital landscape via technology n the classroom might be right for you.

Technology in the Classroom: The Perks of Digital Student Work Submissions

Here are the top reasons why I feel digital student work submissions have proven beneficial to both my students and me:

All work is stored online. Digital work submissions mean that when students turn in homework, their work is now accessible to both the teacher and the student simultaneously. Instead of only one person or the other having it at any one time, both parties can access their work any time, from anywhere they have an Internet connection. It also means the end of folders, crumpled papers, and lost work.

Feedback can be more extensive: I often found myself squeezing feedback into narrow margins or limited space at the top or bottom of pages. For as important as feedback was, my shoving it into tiny spaces only minimally served students. With digital work, the feedback is digital, too. This means that I can type much longer comments, giving students the easily readable and fully explained feedback they deserve.

Feedback is accessible at any point in the future: Digital feedback is stored online, so it’s accessible at any point in the future students need to refer back to it. This is especially useful as you focus on and off on certain skills throughout a year; students can look at all of their past feedback associated with particular areas and be better equipped to succeed with their next attempt.

Assignments and due dates are electronically posted: Just like student work is accessible any time, so are the assignment descriptions and due dates you give out. Students can’t lose your assignment description or forget what your due date is – it’s all there online!

Eliminates excuses: Like you can tell from many of the above perks, having digital work submissions helps to increase accountability for students. They can’t lose items; they can’t say they forgot details about it; they can’t claim misunderstandings. Teachers, too, benefit from not having to worry about keeping items organized with endless folders, rubber bands, and stacks. “The dog ate my homework” no longer applies. Although students may sometimes claim “the technology ate my homework,” it is hardly a viable or long-term excuse students can hide behind.

Lightens the load: All a teacher needs for working with student submissions now is a computer or tablet. That greatly decreases the quantity of items needed to be transported around school or back and forth to home. Hooray!

Of Course, There Are Things I Miss

Switching the manner of collecting and assessing work is an adjustment, and there are a few minor detriments that I’ve noticed along the way. I’ve gotten over these detriments fairly quickly, but still they’re worth of consideration if you’re thinking about making the switch.

Work exists “somewhere else”: Just like reading a digital book feels different than reading a physical one, the same is true for student work. I can’t hold or touch their work, and I can only see it when I access it through designated portals. Student work loses its tangible nature, and there’s an adjustment to seeing online submissions instead of that familiar stack of work.

Different kinds of feedback: There are many sophisticated feedback tools available through digital portals, but they’re not quite the same as ink-on-the-page methods. It’s easier on paper to fix comma errors, draw arrows and boxes, and generally interact with the text. Not that there’s not worthy digital replacements for these, but the way we provide feedback is somewhat adjusted.

Tech glitches or tech excuses: Sometimes “there was an issue with the technology” becomes the new “the dog ate my homework.” Technology is supposed to offer more solutions to problems, but sometimes it creates a few problems of its own. Students can easily claim “I submitted my work, I swear … it’s an Internet issue!” or “My device wasn’t working properly and I couldn’t turn it in!” Switching to an LMS doesn’t eradicate excuses, it just changes them.

The Best Way to Find Out

If switching to having students turn in their work electronically is an option for you, then the best way to see if it will work is to try it yourself. Paper is not going extinct and you can always resort back to it when you like. But if there is an opportunity for you to switch to an online system, definitely consider taking the leap! Like I said, I have found many more benefits than detriments, and I hope that you will too.

What do you think about having students submit their work electronically? What are the pros or cons that you’ve experienced? Talk to us about it in the comments below!

Jordan Catapano is a high school English teacher in a Chicago suburb. In addition to being National Board Certificated and head of his school’s Instructional Development Committee, he also has worked with the Illinois Association of Teachers of English and has experience as a school board member for a private school. You can follow him on Twitter at @BuffEnglish, or visit his website www.jordancatapano.us.

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