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Smart Camp: Week Four

§ July 27th, 2015 § Filed under Smart Camp § Tagged , , , , § No Comments

The learning opportunities are endless with the Boston Herald Smart Edition. When your students read the newspaper online, it’s easy to make connections between the classroom and the outside world. Try this week's Smart Camp activity below.

WRITING A REVIEW

In this activity, students will practice researching a product online using different sources. Students will come up with and write about their own conclusion.

In the Boston Herald, you’ll find reviews for everything from headphones to burritos. Have students read a review for a product in the Smart Edition that interests them.

Students should research the product online by going to the manufacturer’s website and then they should read other reviews for the same product.

After, students should determine how the Boston Herald article compared to other sources. 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? Finally, students should write their own review for the product based on what they learned.

Extension activity—Students can write a review for a product of their choice.

Smart Camp: Week Three

§ July 21st, 2015 § Filed under Smart Camp, Uncategorized § Tagged , , , § No Comments

 

If the high temperatures are keeping you indoors, then there's never been a better time to be a Smart Camper! This week’s project is to create a Newspaper Time Capsule. It’s a fun way to engage students in discussions about current events. Teachers who are participating without students can complete this activity on their own.

Newspaper Time Capsule
Have your students imagine that they were selected to make a time capsule that students in the year 2115 will read. To help students of the future understand what life is like today, your students should choose three different news stories from the Boston Herald Smart Edition that they think encompass the most important issues of our time.

Students can use the calendar tool to read back issues of the newspaper and use the search tool to find specific information. After students have selected their articles, they should share them with the class and explain why they chose them for the time capsule.

After you complete the activity, share your experience with other Smart Campers by leaving a comment on this blog post.

Smart Camp: Week Two

§ July 13th, 2015 § Filed under Smart Camp § Tagged , , , § No Comments

 

This week’s Smart Camp activity focuses on editorial cartoons. Students will deconstruct editorial cartoons in the Boston Herald and then practice writing their own. Teachers who are participating without students can complete this activity on their own.

 Courtesy of the BostonHerald

 

Editorial Cartoons Activity
Editorial Cartoons are the perfect example of the saying “a picture is worth a thousand words.” In an editorial cartoon, the artist shows his or her opinions through drawings. The cartoons are often humorous, but they can show the subject in an unflattering light.

With your class or on your own. look at today’s editorial cartoon in the Boston Herald Smart Edition. Then discuss the following with your students:

  • What is the artist trying to express in the cartoon?
  • How does the artist portray the subject of the cartoon? Give examples to back up your answer.
  • Do you think the cartoon was effective in expressing the artist’s opinion? Explain why or why not.
  • How would the same idea differ if it was expressed in words, rather than pictures?

Next, have students search the Smart Edition for a story that interests them. Have students draw their own editorial cartoon to go along with the article and then share it with the class.

Smart Tip— The editorial cartoons are located in the Editorials section. You can find the page number for Editorials by referring to the index on page two of the online newspaper.

After you complete the activity, share your experience with other Smart Campers by leaving a comment on this blog post. Be the first to comment!

Boston Herald Smart Camp: Week One

§ July 6th, 2015 § 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. You can participate in the weekly Smart Edition activity on the blog, 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 anytime throughout the summer.

*Note: Please email kristen.giddings@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 how 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 next Monday for Week Two’s activities!

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!
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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!

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.

Smart Camp—Week Six

§ August 12th, 2011 § Filed under Smart Camp, Teacher resources § No Comments

 

My how the summer has flown 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.

Our last activity focuses on advertising, which should be especially interesting because of the upcoming tax free weekend. Students will get a better understanding of advertising by researching companies online to determine which company offers a better price. Teachers who are participating without students can complete this activity on their own.

Deal or No Deal? Advertising Activity
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.

Have your students find an advertisement for a product or service in the Boston Herald Smart Edition. Students should visit the company's website and read more about the company’s services, products, and pricing. Students should see if the company lists special offers online, and if there are any stipulations for sale prices.

Next students should visit two competitor’s websites that offer similar products or services. Students can 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? Students should share their findings with the rest of the class.

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