|Teacher's Users Guide|
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Welcome! Before accessing any of yourhomework.com's powerful tools, you must login to your Personal Page with the username and password you created during registration. Note that your username and password are case-sensitive. If you forget your password, use the link below the Login button to have your password emailed to you.
Your Personal Page provides secure access to the following features:
To update existing courses, choose one of the following:
You may edit any of the general course information. In the Course Information editor, you may enhance your text with various styles using the word processor-like interface, and also add images, sound, or links to files. (See Adding Links for more information.)
View the course assignments by clicking the View Assignments icon. After clicking this icon, you may also modify or delete existing assignments by clicking on Modify or Delete after the corresponding assignment.
To View an assignment as a Student would see it, click
Click Add One Assignment or Add Multiple Assignments to input a new assignment. Add Multiple Assignments allows you to enter up to five assignments at once.
To add a new assignment:
You may Copy + Paste text from your word-processor to save time, but formatting may not be retained.
There is no need to delete assignments since students can display either the 7 most recent assignments or all assignments. You may wish to re-use assignments in future.
Click Major Maintenance to perform year-end tasks or modify a batch of assignments. In Major Maintenance, you can:
To HIDE assignments from student view, leave the check OFF the Show Assignments box. Always refresh your browser after using Major Maintenance to view your assignments with the new changes.
Assignments can contain bold text, color, italics, superscript, and more. Simply use the icons in the word processor-style interface to change the appearance of your text. In most cases, you may select the text you wish to change, then click the appropriate icon. For more information on the purpose of each icon, click the button on the editing page.
If you are familiar with HTML and wish to edit the code for your assignment directly, you may click the 'Source' icon in the editor panel.
You can put web links into assignments for guided Internet activity! Your students will love it, and you can be very creative!
To insert a link, select the text you wish to change into a link, then click the Insert/edit Link icon in the panel above your text. A small pop-up appears that allows you to enter the link you want. If the file you wish to link to is a file you have previously uploaded into your web page folders, click the Browse Server button and navigate to the file you want. If the file or page is not one on your yourhomework.com web space, we recommend that you copy and paste the link from a browser window address bar that is already opened at the correct page. Then click 'OK'. Your link will be inserted into your assignment information.
If you wish to link to a new file that is not yet uploaded, first select the Upload tab in the Link popup instead of the Link Info tab, and use the Browse feature to upload the file you want to display. The correct link will automatically be inserted as the linked URL when you click Send it to the Server. Click OK and it will upload the file and automatically insert the new link into your text!
To further enhance links, you may wish to select the Target tab in the Link popup. Here, you can select if you want your link to appear in a new window or a popup. (Be aware that some students will have popup blockers installed that may cause them problems if you choose this option.)
Feel free to experiment, and don't forget that further information is available at the icon on the page.
It's very easy to put your important files on yourhomework.com for students and parents to view and print. Save time and empower parents! Stop reprinting lost worksheets and put the responsibility on the students for replacing lost papers!
There are two ways to provide links to your files:
Before you begin:
If you have not already done so when registering, click the User Info tab to set up a yourhomework.com web page. A personal folder for your account will be created by yourhomework.
Your personal folder and web page address is http://teachers.yourhomework.com/YourUsername, where YourUsername is your user ID (or the name you selected to replace your user ID).
Click on the View your Home Page icon from the Site Builder tab to open your web page. We automatically create a sub-folder called 'public' when you set up a web page. All files uploaded into the 'public' folder are automatically accessible through the My Files link on your template web page.
Use image files to illustrate a concept, enhance learning, and to awaken curiosity. Upload any image files to your folder on yourhomework.com. Click on My Files on your Personal Page to upload your image file.
TO DISPLAY AN IMAGE WITHIN AN ASSIGNMENT (or your Course Information section) click the Insert/Edit Image icon in the editor panel, and in the Image Properties popup, browse to an image you have previously uploaded. To upload and insert a new image, click the Upload tab in the Image Properties popup.
Use sound and video files to enhance your assignments. Historical events, pronunciation, and music are just a few examples of how you can make assignments come alive!
Include sounds in your assignments by creating a link as above, then clicking the Upload tab in the Link popup to upload your media file.
The View Stats icon on your Courses tab displays activity statistics for that course. Click on the assignment date to display the statistics for that course. The name of each student is displayed, along with a record of their visits. Their parents' contact information can be viewed by mousing over the Info link in the Parent Info column.
Guide students on the Internet with a custom set of online resources that enhance your curriculum. Use the Favorite Sites tab to enter your favorite web sites that students can access from both your assignment pages and your template web page. Also, every site you add becomes a part of our Homework Help database of quality Internet sites recommended by our own registered teachers. Each site is categorized, described, rated, and recommended for suitable grade levels.
To search the Homework Help database,
Please enter only quality web sites that are suitable for your students. You can add to your Favorite Sites list by 1) selecting a site from our Homework Help database or 2) adding a new site that is not yet in the database. New sites you add will be included in the Homework Help database for all subject and grade level searches.
1. Adding a new Favorite Site
2. Search and add from our Homework Help database
To modify a web site in your Favorite Sites list, clicking the corresponding icon. This icon will appear only if this is a site that you have submitted.
To remove Favorite Sites from your list, select the desired sites and click Remove selected at the bottom of your list.
To report errors with any of your Favorite Sites, select them and click Report errors for selected sites.
|yourhomework.com gives every teacher an instant web page linking students and parents to all their online information! In Site Builder, you can view your web page, upload files, and update the page with the templates provided. Select a new template anytime for a new look!
Our web templates can be edited in any modern browser. We recommend the latest version of Internet Explorer (6 or greater) or Firefox (1.5 or greater) for the PC, and Safari or Firefox for the Mac. Monitor resolution of 1024x768 or more is recommended.
Your web page on yourhomework.com is an HTML file called index.html. You'll see this file in the yourhomework File Manager in your main folder (the main folder is called 'files'). The public can visit this page with any web browser. Don't delete this file! But if you do, you can always re-create it by selecting a template again. Read about our pre-designed templates section above before you proceed.
You can't break anything, so just have fun and try different content and inserting images. You can always delete everything and start over again.
Tip: When you are done, make sure you refresh/reload your screen so that the browser picks up the new changes.
The Web page and Assignments/Course editor is a WYSIWYG editor with a word processor like interface. Detailed help for the on-page editor can be found by clicking the click-for-help icon on the editor toolbar.
You need to reset your Site Builder tab. Click the “Use this template” button below the template you are using or want to switch to, then click the “Update My Page” button, followed by “Exit”. The icons will appear when you refresh the page.
|Managing your Files|
Teachers are given 20,000KB of free space to store files at yourhomework.com.
Click on Manage your files in the Site Builder tab to access the yourhomework File Manager. Files can be uploaded on yourhomework.com so that:
Your web page and personal folder at yourhomework.com is named http://teachers.yourhomework.com/YourUsername where YourUsername is your user ID (or the name you selected to replace your user ID). The name of your folder is displayed at the top of the yourhomework File Manager. You can view, edit, rename, and delete any of your files stored at yourhomework.com.
We automatically create a sub-folder called "public" in your main folder. When our web page template is utilized, all files uploaded into the "public" folder are accessible through the "My Files" link on your template web page.
Your main web page file is called index.html. When someone visits your site, this is the first page that will be displayed. Don't delete this file, but rather replace it if you upload a custom web page instead of using our templates.
In your Personal Page, click the Site Builder tab, then Manage your Files icon. Click the Upload button and browse to a file from your personal computer. Click Upload Selected File to upload the file, and you'll see it added to your list of files on yourhomework.com. More detailed help here.
After uploading a file, you can link to it from your course information section or an assignment. Or, use our web page templates to automatically link from your web page My Files menu link to all files in your 'public' folder. Click HERE for details.
Sub-folders allow you to keep your files sorted and organized. To create a sub-folder in your personal folder to store groups of files, go to the Folders area, and right-click on the folder in which you want the new sub-folder to appear. select New Subfolder from the right-click menu and enter the new subfolder name.You can create an unlimited number of sub-folders.
For more detailed help on managing your files on yourhomework.com, see the File Manager FAQ.
yourhomework.com email accounts are provided free to all registered teachers. The yourhomework.com email address will automatically appear on the assignment page for each course, as well as the teacher web page. Clicking on the email address will activate the user's local email program on their computer.
Teachers can select either their yourhomework.com email address, another email address, or NO email address to appear on assignment pages. This setting is found under My User Info on your Personal Page.
A yourhomework.com email account comes with every new teacher registration. If you have requested activation of the email account at registration it will be available at the Email tab on your Personal Page. It may take a few days after registration before a new email account becomes active. If you did not request activation of a yourhomework.com email account at the time of your registration you may activate it at any time (after your teacher account status has been confirmed) by following the steps below.
The email address you have chosen to view to students and parents is displayed (as an icon) on the student's Personal Page beside each of your courses, and on the parent's view of this information. Your email address is not displayed in any areas available to unregistered users, reducing the likelihood that the address will be 'harvested' by automated programs searching the web for email addresses. Note that any information you choose to include on your yourhomework.com teacher web page is available publicly.
To choose which email address to display to students and parents, log on and click the User Info tab on your Personal Page, then select the option from the drop down list. You may display your personal email address, your yourhomework.com email address (if you have taken this option), or you may choose not to display any email address. If you display a personal email address (which may include free accounts such as Gmail, Yahoo or Hotmail), you may change it in the Personal Email Address field.
The Calendar is an
organized list of events entered for either school or teacher. It is a
convenient way to publish dates and details of course or school events. The
public can search the calendar from the main Calendar page, and your students
can see your calendar events directly from your course page.
To Search the Calendar:
As a registered teacher, please use your Personal Page to add a calendar event. This way your students can click on your name in their personal page calandar tab, and view your events directly.
Click the User Info tab on your Personal Page to update your account information. Here you can change your password, contact email address, teacher name, and more. We recommend you change your password as often as you feel necessary to ensure security for your account.
Special Features Homework posting reminder frequency: Select number of days after last posted assignment to receive an email reminder. Posting new information consistently helps keep students and parents interested in your online content.
Email displayed to students: Select the email address that you want to display on your course for your students and parents. You may turn off email display if you like. If you have an existing web page using one of our templates, you'll need to re-select the template to reflect the email address change.
yourhomework.com provides a vital communication link between teachers and librarians. Teachers select school and local libraries to be notified of research assignments from a list of participating libraries. When the teacher enters an assignment in yourhomework.com, a box can be marked to send a copy to the selected libraries. Library Alerts are delivered directly and instantly to the library's email account. There is no technical requirement for the library other than an email account. Librarians can prepare for the students by knowing about the topic, requirements and due date in advance. To learn more about this free service, visit our Librarians FAQ section.
Click the Library Alert tab on your Personal Page to select all the libraries that you want to receive copies of your research assignments. Once you have selected your libraries, they will remain on your Library Alert list until you remove them. Only assignments that you request to be sent as a Library Alert will be forwarded to these libraries.
When you enter an assignment, a check box is available if you want a copy of this assignment sent to your local public library to alert them of your assignment. Once this assignment is marked for a Library Alert, librarians will receive another copy whenever you modify this assignment. You can uncheck the box for Library Alert if you dont want another copy to be sent.
An exact copy of your marked assignment will be sent to the librarians email account, along with your name, the name of your school, your course, and yourhomework.com email address (if you have one). There is also a link to the online assignments for the course in case more information is desired. This information is valuable for librarians to better serve your students.
Teachers can create chatrooms to host discussions, test reviews, writing practice, and other creative online lessons. Only students who subscribe to Premium services can participate in chat, providing maximum chatroom security. A minimum of three students must be present in the chatroom for chat to begin, and the teacher must also be present for Teacher Supervised chatrooms. If at any time the teacher leaves or less than three students are present, the chatroom is closed. Parents must also grant permission in their childs Privileges settings for their child to chat online.
On the Chatrooms tab of your Personal Page, you can establish one chatroom for each course you have (Option 1.) Only students who are enrolled in your course will be allowed to chat. These chatrooms are TEACHER SUPERVISED, meaning chat cannot begin until you are present in the chatroom. Click Add next to the course name to add a chat for that course. Give it a name, then click ADD to create the chatroom. You can delete/create chatrooms at any time. You may click on the name of the chat to enter the chatroom.
Create a General Chatroom:
Use Option (2) on the Chatrooms tab to create a chatroom for all of your students from any of your courses. If you have multiple courses, all of your students from all of your courses can participate in this chatroom.
Set individual student chat access:
You can grant permission to chat either by marking individual students, or by clicking Allow chat for all students in this course. Students in this list are Premium services users only, and must also be given parental permission to chat. You can modify this list at any time.