Product Review of myHomework Student Planner
myHomework Student Planner helps learners stay organized amid busy class schedules. Students can sign up using a username and password or via a Google or Facebook account and then manually add each of their classes. After classes have been created, learners can add any other details to their calendars, including assignments, projects, and test dates. Reminders also can be set for any upcoming due dates. Ads exist in the free version, and educators should be aware of a third-party rewards system (that can be turned off).
If a student’s educators are using the companion app, Teachers.io, learners can bypass entering class information manually and receive announcements from their educators. If educators do not have a profile in Teachers.io, then learners will have to import each class one at a time.
Even though the myHomework app is designed for student use, educators do have the option of sharing class and assignment details with learners via a companion app called Teachers.io. Even without the use of the companion app, educators can still encourage learners to interact with their myHomework account as much as possible to create a habit; the more details that are poured into the app, the more useful it will become. By utilizing the reminder and due date features, learners will learn valuable time-management skills they will need in other areas of their lives.
If mobile organizational features are not already built into a student’s LMS at school, myHomework Student Planner has the potential to be very useful, and with the ability to synch among devices, a student’s calendar can follow them wherever they go. If used consistently, juggling multiple classes with multiple assignments and due dates should be no problem for learners. The quick and easy monitoring of assignments and other projects shows learners that staying organized isn’t as hard as it may seem.
Without using Teachers.io, manually adding classes and assignments can become tedious, and schools and districts will need to determine if the pop-up ads and third-party rewards system are appropriate for learners. More accessibility options for learners or a badging system to encourage regular use would improve myHomework’s viability as a long-term scheduling solution. Paired with Teachers.io, organizational skills can be sharpened when using this app; without consistent use and support from a teacher, learners may just go back to paper agendas — or nothing at all.
Overall User Consensus About the App
Keeping up with class assignments and due dates is easy with this simple, digital planner. With the ability for profiles to synch to a variety of devices, learners will never be without their schedules.
Curriculum and Instruction
Productivity is the main focus of myHomework Student Planner. While this tool doesn’t lend itself to one particular subject, it does help learners to be more organized in all areas — if used consistently.
Beyond initial text descriptions and a FAQ, there really isn’t much support for learners. Video tutorials and accessibility features would go a long way to making the tool easier for learners to develop organizational habits.