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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.

 

 

Try reading a Serial Story with your class!

§ January 13th, 2014 § Filed under Elementary School, English Language Arts, Middle School, Teacher resources § No Comments

“The Awesome Duo: Jimmy and Jesse and the Sixth Grade Talent Show” by J.R. Dick Fitch is available to NIE teachers as a 15 part PDF download. The packet includes a vocabulary guide and discussion questions with every chapter, and your students will love the suspense of a serial story.

Follow Mrs. Morgan’s sixth grade class as they discuss their individual talents and prepare for a school-wide talent show. As the date of the show draws nearer, the students must work hard to ensure it is a great success.

Download the full PDF here.

Celebrate Family Literacy Month with a week of newspaper activities

§ November 8th, 2013 § Filed under Current Events, Elementary School, English Language Arts, High School, Journalism, NIE News, Teacher resources § No Comments

November is Family Literacy Month. Celebrate with a week of activities your family can enjoy with the newspaper!

Does your child have access to the Boston Herald Smart Edition? It is an exact copy of the print newspaper available online to local schools. Have their teacher order it here!

Monday

Check the Boston Herald’s business section, BizSmart, and find an article relating to technology.

Tuesday

Photo: www.bostonherald.com

Go to the sports section and read an article together about your family’s favorite local team.

Wednesday

Pick 5 words from the headlines and ask your child to think of a word that rhymes with each one.

Thursday

Create a game in which each family member gets a point for finding certain letters or words in the paper.

Friday

Photo: www.bostonherald.com

Go through the movie reviews and develop your family’s own rating system for movies viewed at home or in the theater.

Saturday

Search classifieds ads for a job your child might want to have someday.

Sunday

Help your child write a practice letter to the editor about a topic of interest.

For Family Literacy events and activities in your area, check MassLiteracy.org throughout the month!

 

A “Social Media Toolbox” for High School Journalists

§ November 28th, 2012 § Filed under Computers and Technology, English Language Arts, High School, Journalism, Teacher resources § No Comments

Image: Marina A. Hendricks

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.

Brianne Costa

Boston Herald NIE Associate

Student Art Wanted for Publication: Deadline December 17

§ November 15th, 2012 § Filed under Art, Elementary School, English Language Arts, High School, Middle School, NIE News § No Comments

The Boston Herald is calling for student art for its annual holiday section called “Eyes of a Child” which will appear in the newspaper on December 24. We gladly welcome drawings, poems, prose, and essays inspired by the holiday season. Only submissions sent via email by teachers or principals will be accepted. The deadline is December 17.

Please see the complete Eyes of a Child Guidelines for entry below:

1.  All entries must be sent via email by a teacher or principal. We are unable to accept submissions directly from students.

2.  Entries must be emailed to brianne.costa@bostonherald.com by December 17. Artwork should be scanned at its best resolution in PDF form.

3.  Written entries must not exceed 300 words. Editorial reserves the right to edit if necessary.

4.  In the email include the name, grade, school, city, teacher name and contact number for each student.

5.  Entries will be selected by the editorial department of the Boston Herald.

Teachers and principals–please email entries to

brianne.costa@bostonherald.com by December 17.

Student Art Wanted for Publication: Deadline Dec. 15

§ December 2nd, 2011 § Filed under Art, Elementary School, English Language Arts, High School, Middle School, NIE News § No Comments

The Boston Herald is calling for student art for its annual holiday section called “Eyes of a Child” which will appear in the newspaper on December 24. We gladly welcome drawings, poems, prose, and essays inspired by the holiday season.

Only submissions sent via email by teachers or principals will be accepted. We are unable to accept submissions directly from students.

Eyes of a Child Guidelines for Entry:

  1. All entries must be sent via email by a teacher or principal. We are unable to accept submissions directly from students.
  2. Entries must be emailed to julie.burridge@bostonherald.com by December 15. Scanned artwork should be at its best resolution.
  3. Written entries must not exceed 300 words. Editorial reserves the right to edit if necessary.
  4. In your email include the name, grade, school, city, teacher name and contact number for each student.
  5. Entries will be selected by the editorial department of the Boston Herald.

Teachers and principals–please email entries to
julie.burridge@bostonherald.com by December 15.

Discussing bin Laden’s Death with Students

§ May 2nd, 2011 § Filed under Current Events, English Language Arts, High School, History, Media criticism, Middle School § No Comments

The death of Osama bin Laden late yesterday marks an important day in our history. Even if your students are too young to remember where they were on the morning of September 11, 2001, they’ll surely have questions about bin Laden’s death and how it will affect our future. Today’s Boston Herald can help you facilitate those discussions with your students.

Today’s Herald contains articles on many different aspects of bin Laden’s death, including:

Over the next few days you’ll find even more articles that you may want to share with your classes.

Please review all articles prior to sharing with students as the Boston Herald is written for all audiences.

TV and Teen Drinking

§ April 28th, 2011 § Filed under Current Events, English Language Arts, Health, High School, Media criticism § Tagged , , § No Comments

Between prom and graduation, it’s the season to celebrate. The end of the school year is also an important time to talk to students about celebrating responsibly. Here is an NIE activity that can open a discussion about the dangers of underage drinking.

Background
Researchers have found that the more television high school students watch, the more likely they are to start drinking. The characters on TV who drink alcohol are often portrayed as influential and glamorous to teens. Take the MTV show Skins for example. The first time I saw a commercial for the program I thought it was a public service announcement against underage drinking. But it’s the opposite—Skins is centered on teenagers partying and consuming alcohol.

Activity
Have your students review the television listings in the Boston Herald. Based on research and prior knowledge of the shows, students should make a list of programs that can encourage drinking. Then discuss with your class why those programs might promote drinking, and how underage drinking is harmful.

Standard
Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects to answer a question (including a self-generated question) or solve a problem; narrow or broaden the inquiry when appropriate; synthesize multiple sources on the subject, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.

This activity is adapted from the NIE and the Common Core State Standards packet. Download the complete packet available on the NIE homepage.

Designed for students in grades 9-12, this activity can complement English Language Arts, current events, media criticism, and health classes.

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