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Giving Elementary School Children Online Homework *ONLY*

 
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Does anyone have any links or insight as to why this helps children learn more effectively?

With no warning, my son's 2nd Teacher decided to switch to online homework instead of homework packets. All he will get all year is math. I find the lack of diversity in his homework troubling. It's only 2nd grade and he shouldn't have a ton of homework, but by comparison, his 1st grade class at the same school was more difficult and expected a lot more from him. It's strange to see such a turn of events over the summer.
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Has anyone else had their children's school work switch to online only?
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Has anyone else had their children's school work switch to online only?
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My son is in second grade also but he has no work online. What state are you in? Is it just this teacher that's doing it?

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Home work is a scam...it's the teacher's way of being lazy so they don't have to work until 5PM like everyone else...they get to clock out at 2:30 and make the kids go home and have their parents answer questions for them...
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"The deliberate dumbing down of America".

They don't teach kids to read or write script anymore.

They allow the use of calculators on math tests.

Homework is required to be computer typed (with spell checker) and printed instead of hand written.

With the eye strain and risk of cancer from heavy computer use, I'd have a major problem forcing young kids to use a computer.
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Has anyone else had their children's school work switch to online only?
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 22950961


My son is in second grade also but he has no work online. What state are you in? Is it just this teacher that's doing it?

hf
 Quoting: ~Angels~


I am in Wa state. The whole 2nd grade apparently started doing this. I wrote to the school district to inquire about "why the sudden change" and they haven't written back.
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"The deliberate dumbing down of America".

They don't teach kids to read or write script anymore.

They allow the use of calculators on math tests.

Homework is required to be computer typed (with spell checker) and printed instead of hand written.

With the eye strain and risk of cancer from heavy computer use, I'd have a major problem forcing young kids to use a computer.
 Quoting: Giftedest


I don't make him do that online homework. I agree, it is far too harmful for developing eyes and a developing mind to just plop a child in front of the computer and expect them to learn.

I asked the teacher provide him with a hard copy of the homework and she said that she couldn't. Really? That's got to be the laziest attitude coming from a teacher that I've ever seen!
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Wait til the websites are down and your kids are getting fail grades.
It is so delightful.Not.
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10/06/2012 08:20 PM
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OP I don't believe this is ok, because they would have to provide access to computers and internet for every student if this is a public school. Not all students have computers or internet at home, heck not all students even have a home.

Continue to pursue this if you are unhappy with the situation. Sounds like lazy teaching to me.
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OP I don't believe this is ok, because they would have to provide access to computers and internet for every student if this is a public school. Not all students have computers or internet at home, heck not all students even have a home.

Continue to pursue this if you are unhappy with the situation. Sounds like lazy teaching to me.
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There is computer lab at school and the kids are allowed to work on this *homework* there if they have time after their regular computer lab duties. I am definitely going to continue to pursue the situation. Hopefully I'll get some results!
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10/07/2012 02:14 PM
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If it's online, then the teacher could easily print off a copy of the work for your son and others who don't have computers, or whose parents don't want their children on the computers for too long a time.

I work in a WA library, so I know that we have computers that the children can work on (if they have a way of getting here after school, and there's an open computer). I'd keep working on it. Start at the school, with the principal, then move up the line. Document what you've done so that nothing gets lost/disavowed.

My grandson is in middle school and they told him that he could present his essay online, but that was the week that theirs went on the fritz, so he wrote it out by hand, and the teacher had no problem accepting it. It took longer to read and correct (believe me, I've seen his writing!) but she was fine with it.bump
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If it's online, then the teacher could easily print off a copy of the work for your son and others who don't have computers, or whose parents don't want their children on the computers for too long a time.

I work in a WA library, so I know that we have computers that the children can work on (if they have a way of getting here after school, and there's an open computer). I'd keep working on it. Start at the school, with the principal, then move up the line. Document what you've done so that nothing gets lost/disavowed.

My grandson is in middle school and they told him that he could present his essay online, but that was the week that theirs went on the fritz, so he wrote it out by hand, and the teacher had no problem accepting it. It took longer to read and correct (believe me, I've seen his writing!) but she was fine with it.bump
 Quoting: LindaE


Thank you, Linda!

I thought that it would be easy enough for the teacher to print off a copy and provide my son with it, but she said that she could not.

We cannot always make it to the library after school because we don't always have time. It seems unfair to make the task of doing homework more difficult than it needs to be. This new system makes it harder for my son and for me unfortunately. Last year, he brought home a homework packet and we worked on one or two pages every day. Simple!

I wrote to the school district and have not heard anything back yet, but I have kept together everything that I've written so there's a paper trail.
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that sucks my son would be screwed if the library was closed as i have no computer
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Does anyone have any links or insight as to why this helps children learn more effectively?

With no warning, my son's 2nd Teacher decided to switch to online homework instead of homework packets. All he will get all year is math. I find the lack of diversity in his homework troubling. It's only 2nd grade and he shouldn't have a ton of homework, but by comparison, his 1st grade class at the same school was more difficult and expected a lot more from him. It's strange to see such a turn of events over the summer.
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Does anyone have any links or insight as to why this helps children learn more effectively?
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It does not necessarily help them learn more effectively. The research on the subject is for the most part inconclusive. The studies that have been published promulgating the net gains of E-Education have been funded by entities that stand to financially benefit from institutions using their products. From a pedagogical perspective, until the research demonstrates a significant net gain over the conventional means of both instruction and verifying comprehension of subject material, I refuse to use it --- my colleagues are split on the issue but our university keeps pushing for it.

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