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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.

Student Voices Writing Prompt #3

§ March 4th, 2014 § Filed under Computers and Technology, Current Events, Elementary School, English Language Arts, High School, Journalism, Media criticism, Middle School, NIE News, Science, Student Voices, Teacher resources § No Comments

Thank you to the teachers who have participated in Student Voices, a new program that gives students the chance to have their opinions on current events published in the print Boston Herald. Read some of the latest student submissions here.

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

 

Here is the next writing prompt:

Read the article “State may not meet ‘green’ mandate” on page 18 of the March 4 Boston Herald Smart Edition, then answer the following writing prompt.

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?

Use the Calendar tool in the Smart Edition to access past issues. Instructions on using the Calendar tool are found here.

Deadline: Thursday, March 27

Please email your responses with an individual photo of each student to Brianne Costa at brianne.costa@bostonherald.com.

*If you send photos you must have a signed media release form from a parent or guardian. Download the Media Release form here.

If you have any questions about how to participate, contact Brianne Costa at brianne.costa@bostonherald.com or call 617-619-6220.

 

Newspapers in Education Week is March 3-7

§ March 3rd, 2014 § Filed under Computers and Technology, Current Events, Elementary School, English Language Arts, High School, Journalism, Media criticism, Middle School, NIE News, Teacher resources § No Comments

Newspapers in Education week begins today!

This downloadable NIE Instructional Calendar provides a subject-specific newspaper activity for each day of the school year. Here are this week’s activities to try with your class:

Monday: Language Arts

Rank each item on the front page in order of importance. Why did the news stories get the placement that they did?

Tuesday: Social Studies

In news articles, identify cultural differences between foreign countries and ours. Make a categorized list of cultural differences by country.

Wednesday: Math

Have students read a story and discuss the importance of numbers to the story. Have them rewrite the story without numbers. Can they still tell the same story?

Thursday: Science

List major science-related problems facing today’s society. Assuming it is 100 years from now, write about how the problems were solved.

Friday: Critical Thinking

Look at a feature article closely to see what words and sentences help to make you have certain feelings about the article. Make a list of these words and sentences.

NIE Week is a great time to help keep our program going. Make a donation today at Fundraise.com/BostonHerald and you can help give free access to newspapers and education tools to students, as well as fund our Student Voices publishing opportunities, teacher technology workshops, media tours of the Boston Herald, and more.

Donate today at Fundraise.com/BostonHerald

 

Student Voices Writing Prompt #2

§ February 11th, 2014 § Filed under Computers and Technology, Current Events, Elementary School, English Language Arts, High School, Journalism, Media criticism, Middle School, NIE News, Student Voices § No Comments

Thank you to the teachers who participated in Student Voices, a new program that gives students the chance to have their opinions on current events published in the print Boston Herald. Read some of the awesome student submissions here.

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

Here is the next writing prompt:

from Boston Herald article by Scott Lauber

Check out page 42 of the February 11 Boston Herald Smart Edition for a two page Red Sox spread with photos and statistics, and answer the following question:

After winning the World Series in 2013, the Red Sox will report to Spring Training in Fort Myers, Florida later this week. The team will play their Opening Day game against the Baltimore Orioles at Fenway Park on March 31. What are your predictions for the Red Sox for the 2014 season? Which players do you think will be this year’s stars based on their statistics?

Use the Calendar tool in the Smart Edition to access past issues. Instructions on using the Calendar tool are found here.

Deadline: Thursday, February 27.

Please email your responses with an individual photo of each student to Brianne Costa at brianne.costa@bostonherald.com.

*If you send photos you must have a signed media release form from a parent or guardian. Download the Media Release form here.

If you have any questions about how to participate, contact Brianne Costa at brianne.costa@bostonherald.com or call 617-619-6220.

Updated Student Voices Information

§ February 10th, 2014 § Filed under Computers and Technology, Current Events, Elementary School, English Language Arts, High School, Journalism, Media criticism, 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 our new “Student Voices” program. We’re looking for submissions right away.

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!

 

Here is our first Student Voices Journalist of the month, senior Brittany Pine from Peabody Veterans Memorial High School.

Please contact Brianne Costa with any questions at brianne.costa@bostonherald.com or 617-619-6220.

Student Voices responses: smartphone apps for Sochi games

§ February 7th, 2014 § Filed under Computers and Technology, Current Events, Elementary School, English Language Arts, High School, Journalism, Media criticism, Middle School, NIE News, Student Voices § No Comments

Check out what these fantastic students had to say about the question below, in response to the January 27 Boston Herald article: “Sochi to be ‘mobile games.’”

Question: The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi will be the first of the Olympic games to feature mobile apps that allow fans to receive constant updates, such as tracking your favorite Bruins players as they represent their home countries and getting up-to-the-minute skiing and figure skating statistics. What are some of the benefits of these technological advancements in the 2014 Olympics? How will you be using technology to take part in the Sochi games from your own home?

Answers:

“Right now all eyes might be on Sochi, but mine are on my iPhone. That’s because I can find out everything I need to know about the 2014 Winter Olympics using a host of new apps. While the 2012 Summer Olympics in London were captivating, I had to stay up late watching television to keep up-to-date. Now I won’t miss a thing—and I won’t miss any sleep either. Each of the new apps has its own spin on how to track every angle of the Olympics. They do everything from letting me view the games from different perspectives, inviting me into the personal lives of the athletes, and keeping me updated on specific events. One of my favorite apps is the Olympic Athletes’ Hub because it lets me check Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at the same time to keep up with the athletes. It’s better than just watching the games on television because I get a more personal point of view. It’s cool to feel connected with the competitors. The app is also organized into categories so I can search by a particular athlete or sporting event, making it a great timesaver. I’m also saving time by checking stats in just one place instead of searching online with the Sochi 2014 Results mobile app. It makes it easy to find event schedules and results. Because of my phone, I’ll be a lot more connected to the Olympics this year. “

- Brittany Pine, Grade 12

Peabody Veterans Memorial High School

 

“I think this year’s Sochi Olympics technological advancements are amazing. One of the benefits to this year’s technological advancements is that now you can experience the 2014 Sochi Olympics in a whole new and interesting way. You can access the Olympics by your phone, tablet, or other technological device. You’ll not only be able to see the Olympics in action but also your favorite Olympic players and what they’re doing when they’re not competing in the Olympics. I hope you will be using the following apps to enhance your interests for the Sochi winter Olympics this year: Team USA Road to Sochi app (iOS and Android), The Olympic Athletes’ Hub (iOS and Android), AT&T’s #itsOurTime app (iOS and Android),• Sochi.ru 2014 (iOS and Android, and NBC Sports Live Extra (iOS and Android). I will be using this mobile app quite a lot for this year’s Sochi Olympic Games, because I love the Sochi Olympics and I definitely have a lot of technological devices!”

- Anna Schramek, Grade 5

Parker Elementary School, Billerica, MA

 

“The benefit of advanced technology is that it will let you keep track of what the competitors do. You can get the app on IOS, Apple and Android. Another benefit is that if any of your favorite players or teams scores you find out. You don’t even have to look it up on Youtube or have to watch the entire game. You can just check the update. If you are on the go and you want to watch the Olympics, what are going to do? Download the app for the Sochi Olympics of course. That’s what I would do. Who doesn’t want to watch the Olympics? If you want to watch at home, but you don’t know what channel, you can just get the app. Those are the benefits and that’s how you would use this wonderful app.”

- Disha Surajiwale, Grade 5

Parker Elementary School, Billerica, MA

 

“I think that the new technology for the Sochi Olympics is absolutely brilliant! You can watch it from anywhere, anytime you want. You won’t have to rush to your house, and miss half of the event on the way home if you are in some kind of taxi. You could literally watch it from the taxi! You could be stuck in the woods, and you could still catch up with the score in a hockey game and watch the final winning shot, all from your mobile device! And this is while other people will be sprinting home, trying to just squeeze in the last shot! Go ahead! Try it out! I know I will!”

- Liam McCafferty

Parker Elementary School, Billerica, MA

 

“The benefits of advanced technology to watch the 2014 Olympics permits you to watch your favorite hockey games during the Winter Olympics, and keep up with your favorite team. You can download many apps so you can get information. For example, if you are at the park and you want to watch the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games you just take out your device and watch! This will help my family, because my brother and dad love sports, and they couldn’t live without sports. They will be able to watch anywhere, anytime! I will be using this technology by downloading these helpful apps so I can watch the games and get a lot of information. I’ll also be able to track down my favorite players and send messages from my phone to them!”

- Marcella Viana, Grade 5

Parker Elementary School, Billerica, MA

 

“The benefits of the new applications are helpful to fans and me. The mobile apps will definitely help the fans who work or go to school (like me) and want to watch the game, who love to watch the Olympics. This will help me and my family so, so much. We are constantly in the car and are always on the go to our favorite town in New Hampshire (Meredith NH). Also we are going to Florida. Now we got the app and we are not worried about missing the hockey game or the ice skating for my sister. Everyone’s vacation would be a nightmare without the app!”

- Meredyth Costa, Grade 5

Parker Elementary School, Billerica, MA

 

“The benefit of this technological advancement is that people will not have to buy airline tickets to fly to Sochi, Russia. Instead, people could just go onto the app, and (maybe) hook it up to their television or laptop, and eat some snacks and stay in their nice cozy homes! You could also go anywhere, and don’t have to rush home quickly to watch the Olympics! You can even camp out in your car, (if you have one), and just stay there all night long! Also, with your phone, of course! You can even use your phone and watch the competition while you are eating dinner in a restaurant that has no television! Won’t that be awesome? All you need to do is download the app on an Android or IOS and subscribe for it and you are done! You can watch the competition live from your phone! Won’t that be amazing? You and your friends can get together and watch the competition! You’ll not only be able to see the Olympics in action, but also your favorite Olympic players and what they are doing when they’re not playing in the Olympics. I hope you will be using these to show your interests for the Sochi winter Olympics this year. I will be using this technology by downloading these helpful apps, so I can watch the games, and get a lot of information.”

- Sachi Joshi, Grade 5

Parker Elementary School, Billerica, MA

 

Check the Boston Herald this Sunday, February 9 to see the featured Student Voices response in print! Thank you to all the teachers who participated.

Stay tuned! Our next writing prompt will be posted to the blog on  Tuesday, February 11!

 

Deadline approaching: get your students published!

§ February 4th, 2014 § Filed under Computers and Technology, Current Events, Elementary School, English Language Arts, High School, Journalism, Media criticism, Middle School, NIE News, Teacher resources § No Comments

NIE Teachers,

The deadline for the first Student Voices submission is fast approaching. Read the writing prompt below, based on a Smart Edition article, and submit your students’ responses by this Thursday.

One response will be chosen to be published in Sunday’s print edition of the Boston Herald!

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!

Get started today:

Here’s your first writing prompt! Read the Boston Herald article “Sochi to be ‘mobile games’” on page 20 of the Monday, January 27 issue. (Smart Edition tip: use the calendar tool to access this past article.)

The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi will be the first of the Olympic games to feature mobile apps that allow fans to receive constant updates, such as tracking your favorite Bruins players as they represent their home countries and getting up-to-the-minute skiing and figure skating statistics. What are some of the benefits of these technological advancements in the 2014 Olympics? How will you be using technology to take part in the Sochi games from your own home?

Deadline: Thursday, February 6

Don’t have the Smart Edition in your classroom yet? Order here to participate.

If you have any questions about how to participate, contact Brianne Costa at brianne.costa@bostonherald.com or call 617-619-6220.

Introducing “Student Voices”

§ January 28th, 2014 § Filed under Computers and Technology, Current Events, Elementary School, English Language Arts, High School, Journalism, Media criticism, Middle School, NIE News, Teacher resources § No Comments

Attention NIE Teachers,

We are pleased to announce an exciting opportunity for your students — the chance to have their work published in the print Boston Herald newspaper every month with our new “Student Voices” program. We’re looking for submissions right away.

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!

 

Get started today:

Here’s your first writing prompt! Read the Boston Herald article “Sochi to be ‘mobile games’” on page 20 of the Monday, January 27 issue. (Smart Edition tip: use the calendar tool to access this past article.)

The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi will be the first of the Olympic games to feature mobile apps that allow fans to receive constant updates, such as tracking your favorite Bruins players as they represent their home countries and getting up-to-the-minute skiing and figure skating statistics. What are some of the benefits of these technological advancements in the 2014 Olympics? How will you be using technology to take part in the Sochi games from your own home?

Deadline: Thursday, February 6

Don’t have the Smart Edition in your classroom yet? Order here to participate.

If you have any questions about how to participate, contact Brianne Costa at brianne.costa@bostonherald.com or call 617-619-6220.

 

 

Welcome back to school!

§ September 6th, 2013 § Filed under Computers and Technology, Current Events, Elementary School, High School, Middle School, NIE News, Teacher resources § No Comments

The NIE team hopes you had a safe and wonderful summer. Online access to the Boston Herald Smart Edition begins this Monday, September 9. If you have already received an email with your username and password, please keep in mind that you still won’t be able to log on until Monday.

If you haven’t ordered your classroom copies of the online Smart Edition, order now! If you order 10 or more copies by September 15 you will be entered for a chance to win an iPad mini for your classroom.

Kickoff the school year with Pigskin Geography! The Patriots face off against the Buffalo Bills this Sunday, September 8. NIE teachers have access to this free curriculum guide, which teaches national geography using the NFL football schedule.

A look at smartest back-to-school gadgets

§ August 19th, 2013 § Filed under Computers and Technology, Current Events, Elementary School, High School, Middle School § No Comments

image: bostonherald.com

Students are getting ready for back to school with the latest tech gadgets. For laptops, the 2013 Macbook Air and the Acer Aspire S7 touchscreen are now faster than ever. The Microscoft Surface RT and Kindle Paperwhite are the newest recommendations for portable tablets and eReaders. As for smartphones, the Nokia Lumia 1020 doubles as a professional-quality camera!

Iff your students are looking for something to read on their new device, sign up now for the Boston Herald Smart Edition!

Read the rest of the Boston Herald school technology recommendations here!

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