Homework Whoa…

Why do kids hate homework?  I’ve tried several times over the course of the last 30+ weeks to get homework completed with abysmal failure rates.  I was at my wits end, because, well, I’d like to know if what I’ve put out there stuck to anything.  Don’t we all?  Isn’t that what homework is really about; doing a formative assessment of learning?

So one day while ignoring the stack of worksheets that needed grading on my desk, I found a few blog articles on using Google Voice © in the classroom.  I’m thinking to myself, this could be a way to get a little homework out of them.  So I am doing a little Voice © pilot.  For the first assignment, I simply had them call the free, local phone number I gave them and give me some basic information about themselves:  name, class period and favorite color.  Of the 130+ students in my community, 92 responded.  Now, some might say this is an unacceptable response, but, normally when I assign homework, I’m lucky if I get 20 total to complete it and turn it in.  I’m happy as hell, thank you.

This week, we start a lesson on Photosynthesis.  They’re already chomping at the bit to get the homework, and we haven’t even started the class work yet.  I’ll let you know how it goes.  Damn, why didn’t I think of this in September?

Oh, as part of my masters program, I’m using this particular technology as my assessment and learning artifact.  I had to make a rubric and video showing the students how to use the technology.  You’re welcome to steal… that’s what educators do, right?

Rubric Technology Tool Google Voice 

How To Video  Google Voice

Check out these articles on using Google Voice in the classroom.  This is technology at work, seriously.

Let Google Voice Rock the Classroom

Five Ways to Use Google Voice in Your Classroom

5 Reasons Every Educator Should have a Google Voice Account

Using Google Voice in the Classroom

How did you get the homework done this school year?  What tools did you use?