Weekly News Quiz, September 15

§ September 15th, 2014 § Filed under Current Events, Elementary School, High School, Middle School, NIE News, Teacher resources § No Comments

Teachers, enjoy our first Weekly News Quiz!

Every Monday, the NIE team will post a new quiz based on Boston Herald articles from the previous week. Questions are based on current Boston Herald Smart Edition articles in a variety of topics to test students’ knowledge of current events in a fun, Jeopardy style quiz game.

If you are having trouble accessing the News Quiz below, find it here.

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

Find a text version of the News Quiz questions and answers below.

Questions

1. Name two of the three new devices that Apple unveiled last week.

2. Name two of the student apps listed in the September 8 Boston Herald article “Student Apps Make Grade.”

3. Earlier this month, two people had to fight off a great white shark when it knocked them out of their kayak in which Massachusetts town?

4. Which local grocery store chain recently resumed normal operations after six weeks of company-wide protests and disputes?

5. Name the Republican and Democratic candidates for Massachusetts governor after last week’s primary election.

6. True or False: If Martha Coakley is elected governor of Massachusetts she will be the first woman in the state to hold the position.

7. Last week, President Obama will publicly outline his strategy for dealing with which terrorist organization?

8. A Massachusetts doctor was infected with which contagious disease while working with patients in Liberia?

9. Which NFL team beat the New England Patriots in their season opener after a comeback in the second half of the game?

10. Which Boston Red Sox player confirmed last week that he is suffering from an injury to his hand and wrist that may require off-season surgery?

Answers

1. iPhone 6, iPhone 6S, and the Apple Watch

2. iStudiezPro, Studious, MyHomework Student Planner, Remind, Classdojo, Edmodo

3. Plymouth.

4. Market Basket.

5. Charlie Baker (R) and Martha Coakley (D)

6. True.

7. ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria)

8. The Ebola virus.

9. The Miami Dolphins.

10. Dustin Pedroia.

Let us know what you think of the News Quiz by posting a comment below!

Questions or comments? Email Brianne at brianne.costa@bostonherald.com or call 617-619-6220.

Student Voices: September Writing Prompt

§ September 9th, 2014 § Filed under Student Voices § No Comments

Welcome back to school! Don’t miss out on the first round of our Student Voices publishing opportunity for the new school year. Student Voices gives students a unique opportunity in publishing and journalism. See this month’s prompt, as well as the Student Voices rules, below.

Note: You must be subscribed to the Boston Herald Smart Edition to participate in Student Voices. Don’t have the Smart Edition yet? Order here.

Read the Boston Herald article “Student apps make grade” on page 20 of the September 8 Smart Edition, and answer the following prompt in 300 words or less:

Share your thoughts on apps for school! This month we want to know what you think about using apps to help with school organization and communication. 
 
New iPhone and Android apps, such as iStudiez Pro, Studious, and MyHomework Student Planner, make keeping track of class schedules and homework assignments easy. Remind, Classdojo, and Edmodo let you connect with your teachers outside of class time. Do you think it’s a good idea to use apps to help with school? What are your thoughts on using apps to connect with your teachers? If you have used an app for school before, what did you think of it?
Email responses to Brianne Costa at brianne.costa@bostonherald.com by Friday, September 26. Note: Responses must be emailed by a teacher. Responses emailed directly from students will not be accepted.
Please include a photo of each writer with a copy of our media release form signed by a parent or guardian.
Students’ answers will be posted right here on the NIE blog, and one student per month will be published in the print Boston Herald newspaper!
Any questions? Please contact Brianne Costa at brianne.costa@bostonherald.com or call 617-619-6220.

Student Debt and Lifetime Earnings Calculator

§ September 5th, 2014 § Filed under High School, Teacher resources § No Comments

Image: Fusion

High school students are busy thinking about college, and college students are busy thinking about graduate school. See the risks and rewards of continuing education with this Student Debt and Lifetime Earnings interactive calculator from Fusion.

The calculator lets you input your own information and see the risks and rewards of pursuing a higher education. The chart compares the incomes earned with high school, college, Masters degrees and more. Find out if you should “take the plunge” and see how long it would take for your education to pay for itself.

See the true costs and benefits of higher education and try the calculator tool here.

Welcome back to school from NIE

§ September 4th, 2014 § Filed under NIE News § No Comments

The NIE team hopes you had a safe and fun summer and are ready for a great start for the school year! Online access to the Boston Herald Smart Edition begins on Monday, September 8. Didn’t order the Smart Edition yet? Fill out an order form here.

Free back to school webinars

Learn all that the Boston Herald in Education program has to offer during two free webinars. We will help you integrate the newspaper into your classroom by covering our new Common Core curriculum guides and Student Voices publishing program. Register today by emailing Brianne at brianne.costa@bostonherald.com. Choose between September 23 at 3 pm and October 8 at 3:30 pm.

Curriculum Access

Your free subscription to the Boston Herald Newspapers in Education program gives you access to over 50 downloadable curriculum guides spanning every subject and grade level. Curriculum is password protected and available to NIE teachers only. Access the curriculum page here.

New curriculum is available this year, including:

Updated Pigskin Geography
World War I at 100
21st Century Skills
Farm to Table
Media Literacy
You, an entrepreneur

Student Voices is back

This unique publishing opportunity gives students the opportunity to be published on the NIE blog. One student per month will be published in the print Boston Herald newspaper. Look for prompts right here on the NIE blog.

New activity

Students and teachers alike will enjoy a weekly news quiz based on the week’s top Boston Herald Smart Edition stories. Check back on the NIE blog each week for a new quiz.

Any questions? Email brianne.costa@bostonherald.com or call 617-619-6220. Enjoy the school year!

 

Student Voices 2014-2015 Information

§ August 19th, 2014 § Filed under Current Events, Elementary School, English Language Arts, High School, Journalism, Middle School, NIE News, Student Voices, Teacher resources § No Comments

Attention NIE Teachers,

Your students have an exciting opportunity to have their work published in the print Boston Herald newspaper every month with the “Student Voices” program. We’re looking for submissions from budding journalists each month of the school year.

Here’s how it works:

  • During the first week of the month: Check the NIE blog for writing prompts based on Boston Herald articles. Give your students a chance to read, think, and respond to the questions with their own valuable opinions in up to 300 words.
  • Email us your students’ responses and a photo, along with a signed media release form from a parent or guardian, by the deadline posted with the prompt (Submissions must be sent in by a teacher who is subscribed to the free Boston Herald Smart Edition. Submissions sent by students will not be considered. ) Some of the best answers will be displayed on the NIE blog.
  • One student response will be published in the print edition of the Boston Herald every month!

Questions? Please email brianne.costa@bostonherald.com or call 617-619-6220.

 

Animoto and Jibo the robot

§ August 12th, 2014 § Filed under Computers and Technology, Current Events, NIE News, Teacher resources § No Comments

Jibo the robot

We are testing out the video creation software Animoto in preparation for our upcoming Tech Tools for the classroom teacher workshop this Thursday. The above video is in reference to the recent Boston Herald article “Boston-based robot is meant to aid families.” Read the full article here.

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!

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