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!

Take the Boston Herald Smart Edition survey!

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

Attention NIE teachers,
Help us improve our NIE program to to better suit your needs. Take this quick Teacher Survey now and you could win a $25 Amazon gift card! Take the survey below.

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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.

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