Boston Herald Smart Camp: Week Four

§ July 28th, 2014 § Filed under Smart Camp § No Comments

The summer is flying by—it’s already the final week of Smart Camp! We hope you will share the Smart Edition activities you practiced this summer with your students in the fall. If you’re still catching up, find Week Three’s activities here. Don’t forget to leave a comment on each blog post about your experience!
Week Four: Writing a Review
In the Boston Herald, you’ll find reviews for everything from headphones to burritos.
1. Read a review for a product in the Smart Edition.
2. Research the product online by going to the manufacturer’s website, and then read other reviews for the same product. Determine how the Boston Herald article compared to other sources.
3. How did the information on the company website differ from the Boston Herald article? What did other sources say about the product? Did another resource rank the product more or less favorably than in the Boston Herald article?
4. Write your own review for the product based on what you’ve learned.
And then… write a review of your Smart Camp experience! Post it in a comment below.

Boston Herald Smart Camp: Week Three

§ July 21st, 2014 § Filed under Smart Camp § No Comments

Welcome back to Boston Herald Smart Camp! If you’re still catching up, find Week Two’s activities here. Don’t forget to leave a comment on each blog post about your experience!

Don’t have the Smart Edition yet? Order here.

Week Three: Deal or No Deal

Whether they are wearing team jerseys sponsored by local businesses, or viewing a webpage with popup ads, students are exposed to advertising everywhere. But just because a company advertises a price, it doesn’t always mean it’s the best deal.

1. Find an advertisement for a product or service in the Boston Herald Smart Edition.

2. Visit the webpage for that company, and read more about the company’s services, products, and pricing. See if the company lists special offers, and if there are stipulations for sale prices.

3. Visit the webpages of two competitors that offer similar products or services. Make a chart that includes each company, their products or services, and their pricing information.

Was the offer advertised in the newspaper the best deal?

Boston Herald Smart Camp: Week Two

§ July 14th, 2014 § Filed under Smart Camp § No Comments

Welcome back to Boston Herald Smart Camp! If you’re still catching up, find Week One’s activities here. Don’t forget to leave a comment on each blog post about your experience!

Week Two: Letters to the Editor

The Letters section of the Boston Herald is an important part of the newspaper because it gives readers the opportunity to share their opinions.

1. Read the letters in today’s Smart Edition.

2. Select a letter, and use the calendar tool or search box to find the same news article referenced in the letter you chose. Read the article and decide if you agree or disagree with the opinion expressed in the letter.

3. Then write a paragraph explaining why you agree or disagree with the author of the letter.

After you complete the activity above, share your thoughts right here on the NIE Blog. Post a comment below about your Smart Camp experience.

Check back on Monday for Week Three’s activities!

 

Boston Herald Smart Camp: Week One

§ July 7th, 2014 § Filed under Smart Camp § No Comments

Welcome to Boston Herald Smart Camp! We hope you are ready to have fun learning how to use the Smart Edition this summer.

We will post a new activity on the NIE Blog on every Monday morning in July. On the blog you will find the weekly Smart Edition activity, as well as ask questions and share ideas with other teachers in the comments section. (Although students can participate in Smart Camp, the NIE Blog is just for teachers.) You can follow along with Smart Camp each week in July or participate at your own pace throughout the summer.

*Note: Please email brianne.costa@bostonherald.com if you will be primarily using an iPad or tablet to access the Smart Edition. We have special activities and instruction guides that differ from the general Smart Edition guides.

Week One: Introducing the Smart Edition

This week we will become familiar with key tools in the Smart Edition, and learn to navigate the online newspaper.

1. Download and review the Smart Edition Teacher Guide here. The teacher guide also contains all of the activities we will be covering during Smart Camp.

2. Watch the short Smart Edition video on the Smart Edition page here. You’ll see real teachers and students using the online newspaper.

3. Log-on to the Smart Edition with your username and password. (Still need access to the Smart Edition? Order here. Read the newspaper using key features of the Smart Edition such as the calendar tool to read back issues, the search tool to find specific information, and the print tool. If you are participating with students, ask each student to read an article that interests them. Then ask students to share a summary of what they read with the rest of the class.

4. Test what you have learned by completing the following activity.

Smart Edition Scavenger Hunt

Search for these tools in the Smart Edition. Once you find them, use the directions below to label them on the picture below.

1. Draw a triangle over the buttons that turn the page

2. Draw a rectangle around the search box

3. Draw a star over the zoom tools

4. Draw a heart over the button that will always take you back to the homepage

5. Circle the print button

6. Draw a smiley face on the calendar button that will let you read other issues of the newspaper

7. Draw a diamond over the Table of Contents

8. Draw a square over the Sign In/ Sign Out button

After you complete the activities above, share your thoughts right here on the NIE Blog. Post a comment below about your Smart Camp experience.

Check back on Monday for Week Two’s activities!

Take the Boston Herald Smart Edition survey!

§ June 10th, 2014 § Filed under NIE News § No Comments

Attention NIE teachers,
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Register for Boston Herald Smart Camp

§ June 2nd, 2014 § Filed under Computers and Technology, Elementary School, High School, Middle School, NIE News, Smart Camp, Teacher resources § 2 Comments

Learn new technology skills this summer and have some fun during Boston Herald Smart Camp. This four week online summer learning camp will teach you how to use the Boston Herald Smart Edition before the start of the new school year. Each week you’ll try a new Smart Edition activity with guidance from the Boston Herald NIE team. Teachers can participate in Smart Camp by themselves or with students as part of a summer learning program. Come fall, you’ll be prepared to implement engaging Smart Edition activities into your curriculum.

Win a $50 Amazon Gift Card

All educators who enroll in Smart Camp before July 7 will be entered to win a $50 Amazon gift card! Order the Smart Edition here and be sure to check off “Get Smart Camp Access” to be entered to win.

How Smart Camp Works:  

Teachers can participate “live” from July 7 through August 1, or work at your own pace throughout the summer.

Each Monday during the month of July, you’ll find a new Smart Edition activity on the NIE blog. Teachers will complete each week’s activity either by themselves or with a group of students, and they’ll have help from our NIE expert Brianne Costa. By the end of each week, comment on the blog post to share your experience.

To Register: Order the Smart Edition here and check off “Get Smart Camp Access.”

Any questions? Email Brianne Costa at brianne.costa@bostonherald.com or call 617-619-6220.

Smart Edition Summer Camp starts on July 7.

Student Voices responses: Young people in politics

§ May 27th, 2014 § Filed under Current Events, Elementary School, English Language Arts, High School, Journalism, Media criticism, Middle School, NIE News, Student Voices § No Comments

Check out what some local students had to say in response to page 19 of the April 3 Boston Herald Smart Edition article “A high school senior, and selectman, too” and the prompt below:

Patrick Reynolds just turned 18 and is still a senior in high school, and he was just voted town selectmen of North Attleboro. Reynolds raised his own campaign money, went door to door, and asked his friends and their parents to vote for him, winning the town’s 4-way election. What are some of the benefits of having a young person in a position of leadership in politics? How can young people become more interested and involved in politics?

“The newly elected town selectman of North Attleboro, Patrick Reynolds, is 18 and still in high school. Having a young person like Reynolds in office can greatly benefit politics. For starters, I think it helps more young people understand politics when they see someone their own age in a leadership position. It also gives us hope that even though we are young, our ideas are still heard and respected. Speaking as a college student, I sometimes find politics to be centered on keeping policies the same as they always have been as opposed to understanding that we need to change and adjust with the times. For instance, political discussion in school has lately revolved around the first African American President or the possibility of the first woman President. While I do agree that some policies and laws should remain the same, in today’s world times are changing and politicians like Patrick Reynolds will only help more individuals come to terms with that. In my opinion, young people really do want to understand politics and be involved in change. I strongly agree that 18 year old Patrick Reynolds will greatly serve his town of North Attleboro. Although he may be the first selectman to not have a high school degree, his victory is well deserved. He had to raise his own campaign money and canvas door to door, all while worrying about exams and keeping a social life. I can only hope that Reynolds’ new position will help more young people come to understand politics and become interesting in contributing to change. This will help our future generations adapt to change much easier and not be afraid to speak up and get involved.”

-Lindsay Costa, Salem State University

Thank you to all of the teachers and students who participated.

May will be the last round of Student Voices for the school year. Check out the prompt about regulations on e-Cigarettes here and submit to brianne.costa@bostonherald.com by Friday, May 30.

Student Voices Writing Prompt #5

§ May 9th, 2014 § Filed under Current Events, Elementary School, English Language Arts, High School, Journalism, Middle School, Student Voices § No Comments

May will be our last round of the Student Voices writing contest for the school year, so please don’t hesitate to participate! It’s a great opportunity for students, and it’s easy!

First, have students read the article “Boston official: curb use of e-cigs” here or on page 10 of the May 1 Smart Edition.

Then, give them the following prompt to answer in 300 words or less:

Boston’s Chief of Public Health recently went before the FDA in Washington, DC to push for stronger regulations on electronic cigarettes. Makers of e-Cigarettes claim that their products help people quit smoking, but this has not been scientifically proven. Lawmakers also worry that the packaging and labeling of e-Cigarettesappeal to children and teens and that they may be a gateway to smoking for minors. Do you think there should be tougher regulations on e-Cigarettes? Explain why or why not.

Email responses to Brianne Costa at brianne.costa@bostonherald.com by Friday, May 30.

Please include a photo of each writer with a copy of this media release form signed by a parent or guardian.

Students’ responses will be posted on the NIE blog. One student will be published in the print Boston Herald newspaper in early June.

Any questions? Please contact Brianne Costa at brianne.costa@bostonherald.com or call 617-619-6220.

Student Voices responses: Reducing energy waste in MA

§ April 15th, 2014 § Filed under Computers and Technology, Current Events, Elementary School, English Language Arts, High School, Journalism, Middle School, Science, Student Voices § No Comments

Check out what some local students had to say in response to page 18 of the March 4 Boston Herald Smart Edition article “State may not meet ‘green’ mandate” and the prompt below:
Massachusetts may not meet the country’s goals for greenhouse gas emissions set for 2020 unless serious action is taken. We are predicted to reduce the harmful contributor to global warming by 20 percent instead of the legally required 25. Recommendations include reducing methane leaks from natural pipelines and helping energy and gas utilities meet their energy saving goals. Why is it important for Massachusetts to reduce their energy waste? What can we all do on a smaller scale to “go green” and help our state?

 

 

 

 

 

 

“It is important for Massachusetts to reduce its energy waste because No. 1, it will help save money in the state budget and No. 2, it’s the governor’s responsibility to do that.

As our governor, Deval Patrick needs to reduce expenses in Massachusetts. There are many ways to reduce this waste and to save money in the state budget. State-owned buildings can model what we do in our classroom at Dexter Park Elementary School. We monitor our light use to help stop wasting electricity.

State buildings can open up as many shades as possible because sunlight is free and electricity costs money. Another way shades help to cut down waste is to keep shades closed on cold days to keep heat in. Another idea to reduce waste is to shut building doors to keep heat in or out of individual rooms. Also, in the hot months, use the shades to keep heat out and cooler air in. This cuts down on air conditioner and electricity use.

Above all else, when electronics are not in use, shut them off to cut down on energy waste!

On a small scale, to help our state to “go green” we can recycle old tires that people just throw away so the state can use them to make rubber pipes to replace leaking metal gas pipes. Rubber pipes won’t wear out as easy as the metal ones. This is extraordinary for two reasons. It cleans up our environment, helping us “go green,” and will eventually prevent gas leaks.

We can run tire drives like can drives to collect tires from people who need to dispose of them or just donate them. Other ways we can help our state is to recycle everything possible that is recyclable, which will clean our roads, towns and the state of Massachusetts.

Another idea is to start a campaign to educate kids like us on ways they can help to “go green.” We can create posters and send them to all Massachusetts schools. We will call it The D.P. (Dexter Park’s and Deval Patrick’s) Energy Waste Agents! Let’s spread the word!

According to a Boston Herald article, Massachusetts has been ranked No. 1 for saving energy for the last three years, and if we want to stay on top we need to step up our game, recycle and cut down on our waste.”

-Stephen Gaj, Kritika Khati and Gavin Sullivan

Dexter Park Elementary School

Thank you to all the teachers and students who participated. Check out our next Student Voices writing prompt about young people in politics here.

April is Financial Literacy Month

§ April 8th, 2014 § Filed under Elementary School, High School, Marketing, Media criticism, Middle School, Teacher resources § No Comments

It’s never too early to start teaching young people to have good money saving habits, and what better time to start? April is Financial Literacy Month, and our curriculum page has an entire section dedicated to Financial Education, including a colorful and interesting activity guide, “Be Money Smart,” which introduces students to the idea of investing, saving, and managing their money. You can find the guide on our curriculum page, here.

Note: You must be subscribed to the Boston Herald Smart Edition for access to our curriculum page. Don’t have the Smart Edition yet? Order here.

Try these finance themed activities and discussions with the Boston Herald Smart Edition:

  • Become familiar with the daily BizSmart section of the Boston Herald. List some of the topics covered over a period of days. Did any of the topics affect or interest you? Were they mostly local, state, or national stories?
  • Practice making wise money choices by going “shopping” through the Smart Edition. Compare prices on the following items and list the range of prices found: milk, sporting goods, sneakers, televisions, and pizza.
  • Become familiar with the Smart Edition’s stock market pages. Then find a news story about something you think might affect a specific company’s stock.
  • Find at least two newspaper advertisements for the same product. Compare the ads and determine the best buy based on the information provided. Discuss how the advertisers are competing for your business and which approach is the most effective.

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