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For the past two months, thousands of middle and high school students have been using StudySync’s On the Campaign Trail Blasts series to consider some of the most important political questions of our time.
The 2016 U.S. presidential election is upon us, and it is already characterized by plenty of debate and discussion. But amid candidate statements, the media, and conversations between voting adults, sometimes the voices of students—America’s future voters and leaders—are not heard.
For this year’s 2015-2016 MyStudySyncTV contest we received close to 100 video submissions with over 450 students participating from across the country. Our third annual contest asked students to produce their own version of our signature StudySync®TV or SkillsTV videos, modeling student-led literary discussion groups on texts and skills within StudySync. The StudySync reviewer team was once again floored by the intelligent and creatively crafted submissions, and are very proud to honor these efforts!
The new StudySync Google Docs integration creates a seamless process for students to complete written assignments within Google Docs, as an alternative to using the default StudySync web editor. By leveraging the power of Google Docs, students receive a host of benefits such as:
-Powerful editing functions
-More advanced formatting capabilities
-Unlimited revision history
-Ability to work anywhere Google Docs is available (including Google Docs apps)
-Multimedia upload and submission
StudySync has introduced StudySync Mobile Apps for Students including: iOS for Apple iPads and iPhones, Android for phones and tablets, and Chrome. These new student mobile apps can be downloaded by visiting the appropriate provider’s app store.
There is an exciting new development in our Blasts library-- beginning this week, you’ll find a brand new Blast every morning when you log into your StudySync account. This means a new short read/write assignment every day for students to research and express their opinions via StudySync’s mediated, online social network. Utilizing the popular Twitter-like short answer format, students will respond to engaging topics with peers and all the while build vital critical thinking, writing, and research skills. The format is the same, but now there will be a specific thematic focus for each day of the week.
Yes! It is that time of year again! Teachers are invited to get started preparing students for the 2016 MyStudySyncTV contest. Students work collaboratively to produce their own episode for any text or skill in the StudySync library that does not already have a StudySync® TV or SkillsTV episode.Teachers will then submit student-created videos that mimic StudySync’s proprietary StudySync® TV and SkillsTV episodes by May 2, 2016. Video submissions are then screened by StudySync’s curriculum and production team and prizes are awarded to the top Middle School and top High School submission.
The results are in and we are excited to announce the winners of the 2015 MySyncTV Contest! Our second annual contest called for students from across the country to produce their own version of our signature StudySync®TV videos, modeling student-led literary discussion groups around a text within StudySync. Our team was blown away by the thoughtful and creative submissions, and we are proud to honor that hard work here. This year’s submissions are top notch!
Given the overwhelmingly positive response last year, we are excited to announce our 2015 MySyncTV Contest with expanded categories for recognition!
StudySync’s newest classroom management tool for teachers is a Plagiarism Checker that allows teachers to compare student assignments across their StudySync subscription. Student assignments are checked based on assignments generated from the same text, prompt, or lesson from the StudySync library.