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#101: Don’t Print Homework–Email it!

Posted by on May 21, 2015

By third grade, students can email their homework to you rather than turn in all those pesky hard copies. No more lost work, no more dog-ate-their-homework, no more blaming their mom. They can use their own account or a parents. Once they learn how, it is automatic–and they love doing it this way.Here’s the lesson:

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–from 55 Technology Projects for the Digital Classroom.

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Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-8 technology for 15 years. She is the editor/author of over a hundred tech ed resources including a K-8 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum. She is an adjunct professor in tech ed, CSG Master Teacher, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, CAEP reviewer, CSTA presentation reviewer, freelance journalist on tech ed topics, and a weekly contributor to TeachHUB. You can find her resources at Structured Learning.

updated 5-13-16

5 Responses to #101: Don’t Print Homework–Email it!

  1. Charlie Gerancher

    In my experience, the hardest part about having students submit assignments digitally, has nothing to do with the students! 🙂

    • Jacqui

      There are so many directions I could take that! You’re right. I like emailing because it teaches them a skill they’ll use outside of school. So it’s worth a bit of stress and parental help to make it work. How did you have them digitally submit?

      • Charlie Gerancher

        I completely agree. I don’t use emailing though. I teach second and third grade. They all submit assignments via GAFE. So, they either share with me, complete a Google Form or submit via an assignment in Google Classroom. The biggest frustration is that it is not widely carried over in the regular classrooms. I’m working on it one small step at a time!

        • Jacqui

          I’m impressed–Google Forms with 2nd graders! I don’t usually see that. I agree about blending the tech tools into the traditional classes–always a struggle. It’s a little better each year, but so slowly!

          • Charlie Gerancher

            My goal for my students is to be fluent with Google Docs and Slides. They need to be able to share a document and choose the type of sharing rights they need. They also learn to use Google Drawings. Last year I was able to teach some third graders how to create a Google Site. Don’t think I’ll get to that this year for as many. However, I did have two second graders create Google Sites on their own soon after I introduced Drive and Docs! They constantly amaze me. Next year, I hope to have students create their own Google Forms. My overall goal is fluency in Google Drive, Docs and Slides so they can be the grassroots movers by pushing their teachers to use GAFE.

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