I am noticing that more and more frequently our teachers are asking the kids to go to different Web sites to do their homework. They are still assigning written homework every day, but the kids are also asked to do stuff online daily.
And while it’s not a problem for our family to pull up a reference site or play math games online, I have been thinking about families that may not have the luxury of a computer or a fast internet connection at home. I’m not sure what those families are supposed to do?
The kids love doing their homework online, so I’m also wondering if it makes homework too fun? Will they be able to stick it out later on hard paper assignments that don’t have immediate rewards and bells and whistles?
Here are some examples of the online work the kids are routinely asked to do:
I called the Gwinnett County Public School office to find out what is the county’s policy if kids’ don’t have access to computers at home. Here’s what Jorge Quintana, Director of Media Relations, told me:
“The school system does not have a districtwide Board policy on access to online school work as we provide our local schools with that flexibility based on the needs of their own communities. Each Gwinnett
school might take a different approach to doing school work online based on the makeup of their individual communities. When a student is registered, schools work with parents to find out if there’s online access at home. If a school decides to implement digital work to enrich the curriculum, and a student does not have access at home, the school works with the parents to accommodate the needs of each student. That could include providing access during the school day.”
I’m afraid the kids would miss something in class if they were doing their homework at school though. Our teachers are moving pretty fast.
I know I see kids online at the public library all the time and another friend suggested that maybe some after-school care centers had computers where kids could do their homework before they go home.
What do you think? How much online homework does your school assign? Do you think it is an effective way to educate and practice concepts? Do you think it’s too much fun? What about families that don’t have a home computer or a fast Internet service? Those games would be super frustrating on dial up? (Does dial up still exist?) Have online assignments ever been a problem for your family to complete?