Halloween edition: Homework that students don’t fear!

Haunted by Homework?

While October has been a month of spooky, scary Halloween fun, students won’t appreciate homework they’re afraid to attempt.

To make sure homework doesn’t scare your students, consider these three factors:


  1. Practice that doesn’t spook students

Why punish students for making mistakes on homework? If students fear failure, they may not even try. However, when provided with unlimited opportunities to succeed, they’ll feel less pressure and attempt the lesson work.

After all, learning is a process that must be practiced over and over again.


  1. Scare up detailed feedback

A textbook that just stares blankly back at students doesn’t always help students to truly comprehend the lesson content.

Detailed, step-by-step tutorials that walk students through problems and break the content down into manageable pieces allows students to interact with the lesson in a greater depth that will translate to better homework grades.


  1. Fear of failure

No one likes to fail, but it’s crucial to learning! And as students go through a trial and error process, they need feedback that really counts during those errors.

With error-specific feedback, students learn from their mistakes, rather than feel discouraged by them.


Hawkes Learning provides a penalty-free homework space for students that gives detailed feedback for incorrect answers. Students take advantage of key learning tools such as Explain Error, which anticipates and diagnoses specific errors. See the tool in action by watching this 3-minute video.

 

🎃4 ways to make grammar less scary🎃

How do you ensure your students don’t get spooked by grammar?

For many students, the rigidity of grammar instruction feels like a nightmare. Here are a few ways to make it less scary:


  1. Keep It Relevant.

Many viral memes focus on hilarious grammatical errors. Compile a simple slideshow of them and discuss why grammar is important and how the comical errors can be fixed.

Draw connections with everyday experiences to make grammar concepts meaningful.


  1. Team Up.

Prompt collaborative activities among students. Display an erroneous paragraph and give each team three minutes to find as many errors as possible. Have the groups share their discoveries and correct all the mistakes as a class.


  1. Examples, Examples, Examples.

If tough grammar concepts are a foreign language, contextualized examples are the translator. Offer as many as possible when giving feedback and require students to do the same during peer review.


  1. Give Tech a Chance.

Use technology as an ally. Proofreading features like Microsoft Editor can give detailed explanations of grammatical mistakes. Many submission platforms offer customizable comments, tags, and peer review options for a collaborative writing environment.


Hawkes Learning provides grammar resources:Grammer workbook and reading handbook

  • Grammar Workbook helps students develop their understanding of grammar by asking them to annotate reading passages, identify parts of speech, and define key terms.
  • Reading & Writing Handbook contains reading, writing, grammar, and research tips that students can use across multiple disciplines.
  • Grammar Diagnostic Test identifies individual skill gaps and provides custom lesson plans.

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Tuesday Tip: Text assignment reminders to students

Fall classes are about to start, which means homework is about to be due. Now, we all wish students would have our classes at the top of their priority lists so that as soon as they got home or back to their dorm, they’d immediately start their work that we’ve assigned.

Since we know that’s rarely the case (hey, we understand students have a lot going on, just like we do!), giving students a gentle reminder about what’s due soon is a good idea. Set up assignment reminders and encourage students to receive them via text message rather than just email. After all, the majority of students check their text messages far more frequently than their inboxes!

Students will need to add their phone number to their personal settings in order to receive these text reminders. Add these steps to your syllabus or go over them in class:

1. Navigate to your Personal Settings, located in the drop-down menu underneath your name, in learn.hawkeslearning.com.

2. Select the Account tab.

3. Add a secondary email address to your web platform account in the form of your cell phone carrier’s text-to-email domain. Instead of “number,” use your actual cell phone number:

4. Check the box to receive communication at this alternate address:

A box is around a check box for the option that says "I would like to use a different email address for course communication," as well as the text fields in a Personal Details form that say Email Address (Secondary) and Confirm Email Address (Secondary).

5. Select the Save Changes button.

6. Receive text notifications (rather than email).

 

Tuesday Tip: Add shared Question Builder questions to assignments

Do you have a colleague who has mastered Question Builder and created some fantastic questions you’d like to use? As long as they’ve chosen the option to share these questions, you can incorporate them into your assignments too!

To input these questions into your own curriculum, follow these quick steps:

1. Log into your Grade Book.
2. Navigate to Assignments > Curriculum.
3. Open desired section (Or go to Manage by Curriculum and open desired curriculum).
4. Open desired lesson.
5. Select Question Bank > Instructor.

A drop-down menu shows the options

6. Folders will be listed below. Open the desired folder.

A list of questions for chapters is shown. They each are called

7. Add any desired questions to the assignment by dragging and dropping it into the right pane or selecting the checkbox and clicking Add Selected.

The button labeled

If you’d like to add questions from a shared folder to your WebTests, simply open up a WebTest (Assignments > WebTest) and follow steps 5-7.


If you have questions, please contact us at 1-800-426-9538
or connect with your Training and Support Specialist.

Keyboard shortcuts in the student courseware – installed platform

The installed courseware for Hawkes includes a keypad for answer input in the Practice and Learn modes. However, these keypad functions also have keyboard shortcuts. Check them out below!

Keypad Function Keyboard Shortcut
To move the cursor to home in Input Home key
To move the cursor to end in Input End key
Exponent Up arrow  OR  ^
Subscript Down arrow  OR  Ctrl+Down arrow  ?
Fraction Ctrl+F  OR   /  OR  / on num pad
Square Root/Radical Alt+Q
Parentheses: ( ) (  (Shift+9)  OR
)  (Shift+0)
Vertical bars (absolute values): | | | (Shift+\)
Square brackets: [ ] [   OR    ]
Curly braces: { } {  (Shift+[)  OR
}  (Shift+])
( ]  Bracket Ctrl+(  (Ctrl+Shift+9)  OR
Ctrl+]
[ )  Bracket Ctrl+[    OR
Ctrl+)  (Ctrl+Shift+0)
Angular braces: < > Ctrl+<  (Ctrl+Shift+,)    OR
Ctrl+>  (Ctrl+Shift+.)
Greatest Integer: 〚〛 Ctrl+Alt+| (Ctrl+Alt+Shift+\)
Less Than or Equal To: £ Alt+<  (Alt+Shift+,)
Greater Than or Equal To: ³ Alt+>  (Alt+Shift+.)
Pipe: | Not implemented (COMBO, VLM)
Log: log( ) Ctrl+Alt+L
Natural Log: ln( ) Ctrl+Alt+N
Sine Ctrl+Alt+S
Sine power Alt+Shift+S
Cosine Ctrl+Alt+C
Cosine power Alt+Shift+C
Tangent Ctrl+Alt+T
Tangent power Ctrl+T
Cosecant Ctrl+Alt+O
Cosecant power Ctrl+O
Secant Ctrl+Alt+E
Secant power Alt+Shift+E
Cotangent Ctrl+Alt+G
Cotangent power Alt+Shift+G
Union symbol: È Ctrl+Alt+U
Intersection: Ç Ctrl+Alt+I
Degree: ° Alt+’
Plus or Minus: ± Alt+-
Divided By: ÷ Alt+/
Not Equal To: ¹ Alt+=
Capital A not: A0 Alt+A
Capital V not: V0 Ctrl+Shift+U
small v not: v0 Alt+V
Infinity: ¥ Ctrl+Shift+I
Empty Set: Æ Ctrl+Shift+O
d-bar Ctrl+Shift+D
belongs to: Î Ctrl+Shift+E
p-hat Ctrl+Shift+H
Cross: ´ *  (Shift+8)
x-bar Ctrl+Alt+Shift+0 (Ctrl+Alt+))
Complex Numbers: C Ctrl+Shift+K
Natural Numbers: N Ctrl+Shift+N
Rational Numbers: Q Ctrl+Shift+Q
Real Numbers: R Ctrl+Shift+R
Integers: Z Ctrl+Shift+J
Lowercase Alpha: α Ctrl+Shift+F
Lowercase Beta: β Ctrl+Shift+B
Lowercase Gamma: g Ctrl+Shift+G
Lowercase Lambda: l Ctrl+Shift+L
Lowercase mu: m Ctrl+Shift+M
Lowercase Pi: p Ctrl+Shift+P
Theta: q Ctrl+Shift+T
Lowercase Sigma: s Ctrl+Shift+S
Lowercase omega: w Ctrl+Shift+W

Keyboard shortcuts in the student courseware – web platform

At Hawkes, we want to make sure students are focusing on learning the content of your lessons, not on how to input their answers into our system.

When students are in the Practice and Certify modes, they have access to a keypad within the courseware.

The button labeled keypad is highlighted.

A keypad showing mathematical symbols in a chart.

The keypad is available to students; however, we also have keyboard shortcuts for inputting answers at learn.hawkeslearning.com. These shortcuts accommodate all students, especially those who have motor disabilities and cannot use a computer mouse to access the keypad.

Check out the available keyboard shortcuts below, and feel free to share with students! The shortcuts are also available on our support page.

Standard Symbols and Operations

Description Button Keyboard Shortcut

Divided by

Keypad
Ctrl + Alt + /

e

Keypad
e

Exponent

Keypad
Shift + 6

Fraction

Keypad
Ctrl + Shift + F
OR 
/

Log

Keypad
Ctrl + Alt + L

Minus Sign

Keypad
-

Natural Log

Keypad
Ctrl + Alt + N

Plus or Minus

Keypad
Ctrl + Alt + -

Plus Sign

Keypad
Shift + =

Prime

Keypad
Ctrl + Alt + '

Radical (nth root)

Keypad
Ctrl + Alt + R

Subscript

Keypad
Shift + -

Times Sign

Keypad
Shift + 8

Parentheses, Brackets, and Grouping Symbols

Description Button Keyboard Shortcut

Absolute Value

Keypad
Ctrl + Shift + \

Angular Braces

Keypad
Ctrl + Alt + ,
OR 
Ctrl + Alt + .

Curly Braces

Keypad
Shift + [
OR 
Shift + ]

Greatest Integer

Keypad
Ctrl + Alt + [
OR 
Ctrl + Alt + ]

Interval Notation: Bracket – Parenthesis

Keypad
Ctrl + [

Interval Notation: Parenthesis – Bracket

Keypad
Ctrl + ]

Parenthesis

Keypad
Shift + 9
OR 
Shift + 0

Square Bracket

Keypad
[
OR 
]

Equality and Inequality

Description Button Keyboard Shortcut

Equals Symbol

Keypad
=

Greater Than Or Equal To Symbol

Keypad
Ctrl + Shift + .

Greater Than Symbol

Keypad
Shift + .

Less Than Or Equal To Symbol

Keypad
Ctrl + Shift + ,

Less Than Symbol

Keypad
Shift + ,

Not Equal to

Keypad
Ctrl + Alt + =

Sets and Logic

Description Button Keyboard Shortcut

Conjunction

Keypad
Ctrl + Alt + A

Disjunction

Keypad
Ctrl + Alt + O

Element of / Belongs to

Keypad
Ctrl + Alt + E

Empty Set

Keypad
Ctrl + Alt + Shift + O

Implies

Keypad
Ctrl + Alt + Shift + I

Infinity

Keypad
Ctrl + Alt + I

Intersection

Keypad
Ctrl + Alt + U

Negation

Keypad
Shift + `
OR 
Ctrl + Alt + Shift + N

Set of All Complex Numbers

Keypad
Ctrl + Alt + D
THEN
C

Set of All Integers

Keypad
Ctrl + Alt + D
THEN
Z

Set of All Natural Numbers

Keypad
Ctrl + Alt + D
THEN
N

Set of All Rational Numbers

Keypad
Ctrl + Alt + D
THEN
Q

Set of All Real Numbers

Keypad
Ctrl + Alt + D
THEN
R

Such That

Keypad
Shift + \

Union

Keypad
Ctrl + Shift + U

Greek Letters and Letter Symbols

Description Button Keyboard Shortcut

a-naught

Keypad
Ctrl + Alt + Shift + A

Alpha

Keypad
Ctrl + Alt + G
THEN
A

Beta

Keypad
Ctrl + Alt + G
THEN
B

d-bar

Keypad
Ctrl + Alt + Shift + D

Lambda

Keypad
Ctrl + Alt + G
THEN
L

Mu

Keypad
Ctrl + Alt + G
THEN
M

Omega

Keypad
Ctrl + Alt + G
THEN
W

p-hat

Keypad
Ctrl + Alt + Shift + P

Pi

Keypad
Ctrl + Alt + G
THEN
P

Sigma

Keypad
Ctrl + Alt + G
THEN
S

Theta

Keypad
Ctrl + Alt + G
THEN
Q

v-naught

Keypad
Ctrl + Alt + V

x-bar

Keypad
Ctrl + Alt + Shift + X

Trigonometry and Angles

Description Button Keyboard Shortcut

Cosine

Keypad
Ctrl + Alt + C

Cosine Power

Keypad
Ctrl + Alt + Shift + C

Degree

Keypad
Ctrl + Shift + '

Sine

Keypad
Ctrl + Alt + S

Sine Power

Keypad
Ctrl + Alt + Shift + S

Tangent

Keypad
Ctrl + Alt + T

Tangent Power

Keypad
Ctrl + Alt + Shift + T