The basic purpose of this website is to make all the homework assignments, class notes, and handouts available to you online, so that if you lose something, you can print a new copy, and if you miss a class, you can find out what you missed and make up the work before you even come to the next class. You can also use these notes to review if you had trouble understanding what we did in class, or to leave messages to me asking me for help.
The website also gives you, and, if you wish, your parents as well, online access to your grades. This allows you to always be aware of how you are doing in the class. You will see immediately how things like not doing homework can dramatically reduce your grade, and if you've got a 79.4% average at the end of term, you'll know to try out an extra credit assignment. Finally, the website contains various review activities and games to help you study for tests.
This website is also set up in such a way that you can add to it and leave comments on it. You are a user of the website with nearly all the powers and priviledges that the teacher has. If you want, you can create a web page for yourself within this website. You can leave comments on many of the pages of the existing website. If you find a homework problem impossible, you can leave a comment to taht effect right on the online version of the worksheet. When you are working on team projects, you can use the website to store computer files that you are using, to hold discussions among teammates, and to prepare lab reports and presentations.
At the start of the year, you should definitely read Getting Started below, and do all the things it asks you to. The other links below give you more information if you are interested in doing more complicated things with the website.
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