Students taking part in the Herald’s StoxSmart competition had a chance to meet with State Treasurer Steven Grossman earlier this week. They chatted over ice cream about the unpredictability of the stock market and trusting your instincts.
The students, who have the chance to change their portfolios this week, gained valuable insight in investments, finances, and making decisions that will surely help them in the competition.
Thank you to all of the students who created art for Eyes of a Child and the teachers who took the time to send in submissions. Our special holiday section came to life with your wonderful art, poems, and stories.
Are you a high school journalism teacher looking to incorporate social media into your students’ publications? Try this award winning program of activities and teacher guides, Social Media Toolbox, created by Marina Hendricks.
Students will learn about acceptable usage and policies, the ins and outs of Facebook and Twitter, and the ethical concerns of using social media in publications.
Each lesson plan is available as a PDF download with links to additional resources.
Students can help end bullying in schools and communities across the nation by participating in the Stop Bullying Video Challenge. Youthages 13-18 are invited to create a 30 to 60 second video that will motivate their peers to prevent bullying and promote an environment where kindness and respect matters. The video’s focus should be on how youth can be more than a bystander.
The contest is hosted by The Federal Partners for Bullying Prevention and the Health Resources and Services Administration. One grand prize winner will receive a $2,000 cash prize and their video will be featured on the Stop Bullying website. Two honorable mention winners will receive a $500 cash prize and their videos will be featured online as well.
What does Hermione from Harry Potter and a fairy have to do with flying an airplane? Well, you probably won’t find them in a cockpit anytime soon. But Massachusetts Institute of Technology students are using characters like these to teach K-12 students science concepts. In a new project called MIT+K12, college students have made more than 30 online videos that teach important STEM topics from the Doppler Effect to chlorophyl.
Students in the Boston Herald StoxSmart competition might be investing virtual dollars, but yesterday they received a very real reward. All eight participants were given brand new iPads courtesy of Suffolk Construction. Now it will be even easier for competitors to research stocks using their new tablets.
Local students are learning about the stock market firsthand through a new Boston Herald StockSmart stock-picking contest. Boston area high school students were recently paired with stock experts to invest $1 million fictitious dollars in stocks and exchange traded funds from April 1 to June 30. Read the Boston Herald story Herald challenges students to play the market for complete competition information.
How your students can participate:
Read the Boston Herald every Monday for an update on competitors’ progress
Participate in an online stock market trading game, and compare your students’ picks to those selected by students in the Herald competition. Many different stock market games are available online. MarketWatch offers free Virtual Stock Exchange Games, and their website provides a learning center including a downloadable teacher guide, handouts, and course materials.
Congratulations to fourth grade teacher Casey Deaguero from Bernazzani Elementary School! She was chosen as our Flip Camera contest winner.
Casey uses a scavenger hunt to engage students in reading the Boston Herald Smart Edition. Her activity is designed for students in grades 3-5, but it can be modified for different grade levels. Try it out with your students the next time you read the online newspaper.
What is the month, day and year of the newspaper you are investigating?
Is there an advertisement on the front cover of the newspaper for something to buy or a show to see? If so, what is the name of the company who has an ad and what are they trying to promote or sell?
Locate the blue table of contents button at the top of the screen. What page can the “scoreboard” section be found? How about the “news” section?
Under the table of contents click on the “picture gallery.”Find a picture that looks interesting. Then click on it and read the article. What was it about?
How would you describe today’s weather? What is the high temperature? What is the low temperature? Hint: To find the weather section, click on page two of the newspaper and look for the table of contents printed on the left side of that page.
Below the weather is the TV guide. What is the name of a show you would like to watch? What channel and time is it on?To the right of the weather is information about tides. In Boston what time is the morning high tide? How high will it be?
Browse through the newspaper until you find a page showing cars for sale. If you could buy any car what kind would you buy? How much does it cost? What color would you pick? Bonus Question: If the total cost of your car was paid over a 12 month period, how much would you pay each month?
Find the comics section. Read any comic strip of your choice. Can you figure out what it is about?
Browse through the newspaper until you find a page showing houses for sale. Which house would you like to buy? What town is it in? How much does it cost?
Find an ad for an item in the newspaper under $500. How much does it cost? How much would it cost if you bought 4 of them?
Look at the classified/jobs section of the newspaper. Which one sounds interesting to you? Why? What kind of education or training do you think you would need in order to work this job?
This week there has been a lot of attention on cell phones and bullying in schools. On Monday the Boston Herald published a special report detailing one school’s approach to end bullying. Among other anti-bullying methods, the Hillcrest Educational Centers in Pittsfield banned cell phones.
With mountain-sized snow banks on every street corner, it’s hard to imagine that the Earth is getting warmer. But according to an opinion article by Dale McFeatters in yesterday’s Boston Herald, the U.S. government says that our planet is heating up.
However, scientists don’t agree on why the temperature is rising. Have your students pretend they are climatologists for a day to help them examine the topic of climate change.
2) The temperature increase is “part of a long-term cyclical variation.”
Vote with your feet
Have your students stand on different sides of the room to represent which reason they believe is causing warmer temperatures. Designate a different wall for greenhouse gasses, cyclical variation, and another reason not mentioned in the article.
After, have students break into groups to research the reason they chose. They can search the online Boston Herald Smart Edition, and use other internet resources to find information to back up their answer. Then ask students to vote with their feet again. Did anyone change their mind?
This activity is designed for students in grades 8-12. It can complement science, current events, and computer classes.
Please review the article prior to sharing it with your students, as the Boston Herald is written for all audiences.