Using Mobile Devices to do Homework

In this ever changing environment many people now use mobile devices (i.e. a tablet or smartphone) to do things that in the past they would have used a computer for. The same can apply with doing homework which can be completed on these devices using a few handy tips.

Q: I have a tablet but do not have any of the App’s that the school want me to use.

A: The following App’s should be downloaded to your tablet or smart phone to help you do your homework:

Satchel One

Satchel One (previously called Show My Homework) is an online web resource which allows teachers to publish homework and resources to classes of students and allows the students to complete homework on their home computers, tablets or smartphones and then submit the work back to the teacher for grading. 

You can download the App for Satchel One for free from the following links

For more questions on Satchel One (such as how to log in) please click here.

Microsoft Office

As an enrolled student at Fred Longworth High School as part of the schools Microsoft Licensing Agreement, each student is entitled to download and install for free a copy of Microsoft Office on a computer or the App’s on mobile devices. Software can be downloaded and installed on up to five devices (including computers).

To download Microsoft Office App’s* for free to your mobile device please see below.

Android

To install Microsoft Office App’s* on your Android tablet or smart phone please see the following links:

Please refer to the following user guide below which explains the steps involved for installing and activating Office on your Android device for free:

iOS

To install Microsoft Office App’s* on your iPad or iPhone please see the following links:

Please refer to the following user guide below which explains the steps involved for installing and activating Office on your iOS device for free:

To activate the full features of each App all you need to do is open up each App downloaded and when prompted sign in with your school email account and password to register and activate the features of the software. Your username is your normal school network log-on ID followed by @flhs.wigan.sch.uk and your password is the password which you use every day to log on a computer in school.

Note: When you are no longer enrolled as a student at this school the features are deactivated but the software can be reactivated if you move onto another school, college or educational establishment which operate the same licensing terms with Microsoft or you purchase your own Office 365 subscription.

*Microsoft Access and Microsoft Sway are not available for both Android and iOS devices. To use Microsoft Sway please visit https://sway.office.com on your mobile device and sign in with your school Office 365 account.

Your teachers may also occasionally provide you with some work or resources either on this website or on Satchel One that are in PDF format. PDF is a document type that will open on most mobile devices without the need for additional software, but if you need to download a reader click here for Android and click here for iOS.

Q: I have an iPhone / iPad and have taken a picture on it and have sent the picture on Satchel One or e-mail to my teacher but they can’t open it up. Help!

A: This is because the picture you have taken is in a format your teachers computer doesn’t understand. Please click here for more information on how to fix this issue.

Q: I am struggling to type on my Tablet, how can I make things easier for me?

A: Instead of using your devices software keyboard here are a few pointers to help you get the most out of using your mobile device to do your school work.

  • Invest in a bluetooth keyboard, it doesn’t have to cost a great deal of money.  A good example can be found here: for Android devices  or for iOS devices.
  • If you already have a bluetooth keyboard it might work with your mobile device. Try and pair it up!
  • You could also invest in a bluetooth mouse, again costs can be kept down to a minimal. Please note that a mouse may not be functional with your device or every App that you use (you will have to consult your devices manual). A good example (other options are available from other stores) can be found here: Bluetooth mouse for mobile devices
  • If you can, invest in a case that has either a kick stand or a folding mechanism that has the ability to prop it up on a sturdy flat surface (a table), or purchase a separate stand (other options are available from other stores)  see here for an example.
  • If you are unable to purchase a new case or a stand simply prop your device up on a sturdy flat surface (a table) against a heavy object like a large book.

Q: I am struggling to see the screen and do my work, is there anyway I can make it larger?

A: Many manufacturers of modern televisions purchased in the last few years (Samsung in particular) have now integrated the ability to cast what is on your screen from an Android tablet or smart phone, or iOS device (iPad or iPhone) to your television. Coupled with a bluetooth keyboard and mouse (see previous question for more details) you have a device which is on a par to a working desktop computer or laptop. Please consult with your television manual for details.

If this is not an option you could invest in a Google ChromeCast device which plugs in to the back of any existing television set via HDMI and allows for both Android and iOS devices to cast what is on their screen directly to the television, see below for more details:

Many homes now either have a smart television with integrated apps (such as Netflix, YouTube etc), or use a small device which turns any television into a modern smart TV (such as an Amazon Fire TV stick). You could always use this device and cast what is on your mobile device screen directly to it. If you have one of these or would like to learn more about one please see below:

If you have an Apple TV you could always use this device (iOS only, for Android this device is not compatible please see the options above) and AirPlay what is on your iPad or iPhone’s screen directly to it. If you have an Apple TV or would like to learn more about one please see below:

Q: We do not have a computer at home and the options you have given us above we cannot do. What can I do?

A: There is a limited amount of computers available for students to collect from school and use. These are on a loan basis and must be returned when school is fully operational again. These are strictly on a first come first served basis. Please contact remotelearning@flhs.wigan.sch.uk for more details.