Teacher Instructions for the Homework Site Program



  1. Access your school's homework service via a link on your school's website or by typing in the full URL, such as, http://www.thehomeworksite.com/schools/state_abbreviation (lower case)/your_school_name in the location/address field of your web browser.

    If you do not know the URL, and there is no link from your school's website, visit The Homework Site home page and use the "Locate Your School" button on the left to find your school.

  2. Click on "Teachers."

  3. Enter your Username in the appropriate field. Enter your provided password in the appropriate field (Note: your Password is case-sensitive.) Click "Enter."

  4. You will be brought to the "Edit Profile" Menu (We strongly recommend you start here the first time you access the program!)

    When you click "Edit Profile" on the main navigation menu, you will see a submenu appear below it with the following links:

    4a) Edit Profile: This will bring you to the edit profile main menu.

    4b) File Manager: Click "File Manager" in order to upload one or more of your files to The Homework Site server. First, click "Browse," choose the folder/directory where your particular file of interest is located, select the file by clicking it once, and then click "open." Note: When clicking "browse," by default, the browser may only show files with the .html extension. You may want to change it to all files, for example. The Filename field will then be populated with the selected file. You can provide a better description of that filename by typing one in the description field; or, if you leave the description field blank, the program will use the original filename. Your files can be renamed or deleted here by clicking "rename" and "delete," respectively, next to the appropriate filename. You can also view the uploaded file by clicking the hypertext description name. Note: The files present in your File Manager are the ones that will be available for you to attach to your assignments for students to download/print out.

    4c) Add Class: Name/create your classes for the semester or the whole year by typing in an appropriate name in the field. Then, click "Add" after each name submittal.

    4d) Modify Classes: Click "modify" for a particular class to which you want to make a name change. Change the name in the "Class Name" field as you wish and click "Change." Delete any of your other classes by clicking "delete" for that particular class. Note: When deleting a class, you are also deleting all assignments for that class.

    4e) Change Password: Type your desired password in the appropriate fields the exact same way. Click "Change" to create your new password (the next time you log-in under "Teachers", you'll enter your Username and then your new password.) Note: Be creative when selecting a new password to prevent unauthorized access to your teacher edit capabilities. Write down your Username and Password and keep them in a safe place for future reference.

    4f) Change Email: Type your desired email in the appropriate fields. Click "Change" to change your stored email address.

  5. Entering your homework assignments

  6. On the Teacher Main Navigation menu, choose "Homework". You will see a submenu appear below the main navigation menu with the following links:



    NOTE, that Daily, Weekly, and Monthly are simply "views." The method of entering assignments is that same at all three. You can go into Monthly or Weekly and still enter assignments for just a single day.

    5a) Click "Daily" to input today's homework assignments.

    5b) Click "Weekly" to input assignments using the weekly calendar view. (Clicking the arrows at the top allow you to move back and forth a week.) By pointing and clicking the mouse hand directly over "add," "edit," ar "del" corresponding to the particular date with which you want to work, you jump to the Add/Edit/Delete assignment modes for that date. Also, note that you can use the scroll arrows at the top to move forward or backward a week at a time.

    5c) Click "Monthly" to see the monthly calendar at a glance and input assignments for any day of the current month. By pointing and clicking the mouse hand directly over "add," "edit," or "del" corresponding to the particular date with which you want to work, you jump to the Add/Edit/Delete assignment modes for that date. Also, note that you can use the scroll arrows or drop-downs at the top of the calendar to move forward or backward to any month of the year.
  7. After choosing a homework view (we'll use the monthly homework view for this example), select one of the following: "Add Assignments," "Edit Assignments," or "Delete Assignments." Note: These functions will work the same no matter what homework view you use.
    6a) Add Assignments: Click "Add. " The class choices you see are the ones you set-up in your teacher profile. First, at the very top, click in any box next to a class for which no homework will be assigned (Note: You have as many blocks to work with as classes/subjects in your profile.) Then, working with the first block, click in the box at the right of the field next to the class for which you are assigning homework. Note: If you teach two of the same classes (different periods) and you are assigning the same homework to both, click in the boxes for both classes. You'll only have to enter your homework details once in that box for both classes. Using the date drop-down lists, you can change the date, if desired. Next, distinguish the type of homework assignment by highlighting "Normal" or "Test/Project" in the Assignment Type field. Your "Test/Project" assignments will be highlighted automatically on your homework calendar views to grab the attention of your students/parents. Note: we define "Normal" homework as those assignments given today and due next class period; we define "Test/Project" homework as major events for which a student needs to especially prepare, i.e. tests, quizzes, term paper, science project, etc . Then, type your homework instructions in the appropriate content field (You can put as much info as you wish in this field. For example, some teachers have "cut and paste" Word documents.) If a teacher would like to link a specific website address so that a student/parent can jump right over to that URL when viewing the assignment, all that she needs to do is type the Web addresses in the URLs field. If she wants to reference more than one address, just separate the URLs with commas (for ex., www.nasa.gov, www.yahoo.com). Both the NASA and the Yahoo site will be hyperlinked. A teacher can also attach a file(s) (i.e., class handout) to an assignment. Select/highlight the file(s) of interest from the "Attachments" field by clicking directly on it. Note: Depending on the number of uploaded files, you may have to use the scroll bar to find the file(s) of interest. The highlighted file(s) is attached to the assignment when you click "submit" at the bottom of the page. Next, repeat the same steps to input homework for any of your other classes in the following blocks. After entering the homework for all of your classes, click "submit" at the bottom of the page to input your assignments on-line, real-time! Our program then confirms to you that the assignments have been updated in our database. Click "Continue" to proceed to go back to the monthly homework view where you can select another day for work.

    6b) Edit Assignments: Click "edit" on a particular date to populate the fields with that day's homework. Then, you can change the date, assignment type, and content details as needed. Click "submit" when finished. The program verifies that the assignments have been updated in the database.

    6c) Delete Assignments: Click "del" on a particular date for which you would like to delete assignments. Check the appropriate boxes for those assignments you wish to delete from the database. Then, click "Delete." The program verifies that the assignments have been deleted from the database.

    6d) Add Repeating Assignments: When adding an assignment, you have the ability to make it a repeating assignment. Simply check the "Repeat Every" box or boxes next to the day or days of the week you wish the assignment to repeat. The use the "Repeat Until" drop-down to select the date that the assignment will repeat until.

    6e) Edit Repeating Assignments: Repeating assignments become part of a group allowing you flexibility when editing them. When editing a repeating assignment, you can edit one date only, all dates, or one date and all subsequent dates. To do this, simply check the repsective button on that assignment's box on the edit template. Access the edit template the same way you would for any other assignment.

  8. Printing out your homework assignments

  9. At the bottom of the weekly homework view, select the specific class (or "All Classes") from the drop-down list for which you would like to print out that whole week's assignments. Click "Printable View." Then, click the "Print" icon on your web browser or the "print" command from the file menu. To print out a particular day's assignments, click the number corresponding to the date of interest to view the current homework assigned. Then, follow the same "print" instruction options as above.


  10. Viewing Other Teachers' Assignments

  11. Granting teachers the abilty to view the assigments of other teachers is handled on a school by school basis. If your school chooses to enable this feature, a drop down box containing the names of all teachers at your school will be available in the upper left corner of your monthly assignment calendar. By default your name will be selected in the drop down box and your assignments will be displayed. If you wish to view the assignments of another teacher, simply select the teacher in the drop down box. This will cause the assignment calendar to refresh with the assignment information of the teacher selected. While viewing the monthly assignment calendar of a teacher other than yourself, you will be unable to add, edit, or delete any of the assignments. To return to your own assignments, simply select your name in the drop down box.

    Bulletin Boards

  12. The Bulletin Boards can be used by a teacher to communicate a class overview or for general school news, like information on an upcoming field trip or request for volunteers for a school event.

    When you click "Bulletin Boards" on the main navigation menu, you will see a submenu appear below it with the following links:

    9a) Click "Add Bulletin" to post a message to your parents and students for one or all of your classes. Similar to the homework template layout, you'll have the same number of boxes/content fields as classes in your profile with which to work. If the message you are posting applies to all of your classes, simply check off all class boxes and enter your message once into the content field. However, if it applies to a specific class, check that class box only. You can also "cut and paste" information from your word processor into the content fields, which will expand to accommodate the breadth of your communications. The Bulletin date defaults to the current day; but you can change it using the drop-down lists, if you wish. Click "submit" at the bottom of the page to update your Bulletin Boards.

    9b) Click "View Boards/Announcements" to view any of your entries from the database. You may delete or edit any of those entries you have previously entered.
  13. Lesson Plans: Note: The lesson plans feature is an optional feature to which a school can subscribe! Please contact us for updated instructions on using the lesson plans module.

  14. When you click "Calendars" on the main navigation menu, you will see a submenu appear below it with the following links:

    11a) Activity Calendar: Click this button to see/input schoolwide activities. Select the "general" or "sports" calendar (whichever is applicable.) Note: some schools may put everything on one calendar. Then, click on the number corresponding to the date to get the details on a particular activity (sports event, faculty meeting, holiday, school play, club meeting, etc...) or click "add" to input an activity. Type in a title for the event and, then, the details you want the school community to know. Click "delete" on a particular day to erase the event scheduled. Use the arrows to go back and forth a month.

    Note: The activity, lunch, test, and personal calendars are all optional calendars to which a school can subscribe. The lesson plans feature is also an optional feature to which a school can subscribe.

    11b) Personal Calendar: Click here to schedule on-line your own personal activities and to-dos. Click the "remind" box to send to yourself an e-mail reminder of the activity or to-do. Use the arrows to go back or forth a month. Alternatively, use the drop-down lists to quickly select the desired month and year. Click "go" to jump to the particular month or year.

    11c) Test Calendar: Click this button to see what tests/major projects have been scheduled by you and your peers to date. Use the arrows to go back and forth a week. Plan your test/school project accordingly.

    Note: The activity, lunch, test, and personal calendars are all optional calendars to which a school can subscribe. The lesson plans feature is also an optional feature to which a school can subscribe.

  15. When you click "Menus" on the main navigation menu, you will see a submenu appear below it with the following links: 12a) Lunch/Breakfast Menu: Click these to see what's for lunch or breakfast at the cafeteria. Use the calendar side arrows to go back and forth a month. Click "add" to denote meals and "delete" to erase meals previously scheduled.

  16. Logout: Click "Logout" in the upper right hand corner of the site to exit the Teacher Page.

    For security reasons, please logout when you are finished using the program.

    If you have further problems or questions, please return to the original page and click on the support link at the bottom to E-Mail us.