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President Obama Wins VOTES Project Nationwide Mock Presidential Election, As More than 50,000 Students Cast Ballots

Posted by Jenny Brown on November 05, 2012 |

Northfield Mount Herman has counted the ballots and the results are in – Barack Obama has won the VOTES 2012 mock election.  Some 54,000 high school students have spoken, and by a 10 percent margin, President Obama is their choice to lead the nation for the next four years, winning 316 electoral votes to Mitt Romney’s 208.

 

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Categories: Blasts, Current Events


SyncUp Podcast Episode 2: Interview with Jim Shea of the National VOTES Project

Posted by Jay King on November 01, 2012 |

For this episode of the SyncUp podcast we interview Jim Shea, creator of the national VOTES project, a program that brings together more than 100 public and private schools nationwide to give students a voice in our national Presidential elections.

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Categories: Blasts, Current Events, Education, K-12, Podcasts


The Search for Extra-Terrestrials: Worth the exploration or a worthless exploration? Why?

Posted by Jay King on April 09, 2012 |

In a recent Blast, we asked our students: Is the search for extra-terrestrials worth the exploration or worthless? Background info: It’s been a long-debated question – is there life on other planets? A team of astronomers at the SETI Institute in California is trying to find out. With funds from Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and the general public, the group recently resumed the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence (SETI), training an array of 42 telescopes on distant stars and listening for radio broadcasts from alien civilizations. 

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Categories: Blasts, Current Events


Famine in Somalia: Are we becoming numb to suffering? (StudySync Blast)

Posted by Jay King on September 30, 2011 |

Blast_somalia In a recent Blast, we asked our students: Are we becoming numb to suffering in light of the famine in Somalia?

Background info: The worst drought in 60 years has led to severe famine in the Horn of Africa, and the reports are grim -- tens of thousands of children already dead from starvation; half a million more at death’s door; 3.2 million people in need of immediate, life-saving humanitarian assistance. Many of the neediest are cut off from aid by the militant al-Shahab group in southern Somalia, and even those fortunate enough to make their way to refugee camps face desperate conditions, as aid workers struggle to meet demand. With things getting worse by the day, the world remains slow to act. Why?

Congratulations to an Anonymous student user, who scored the highest for the response:

We aren't numb to suffering, but we are numb to others. Nowadays it's all about ourselves - we don't care about things that don't affect us.


Top_10 Research Links provided for this Blast included:
East African Hunger Crisis (from the BBC)
Escaping from the Famine (Time Magazine)
Images Search on Google (Somalia Famine)
UN Declares Famine (CNN)
Waiting for Food & Hope (ABC News)
Food Crisis One of Biggest in Decades (Huffington Post)

 


The final results of this Blast's poll are:

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Blasts are StudySync's real-time, cross-classroom interaction on topics of cultural significance encouraging multiple viewpoints and deeper analysis. An interactive forum to get students excited about and engaged with current events, each Blast poses a question and allows the student to answer within 140 characters.

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Categories: Blasts, Current Events


The Future: Rocky or Rockin’ (StudySync Blast)

Posted by Jay King on September 13, 2011 |

BlastIn a recent Blast, we asked our students: What does the future hold for YOUR generation?

Background info: Growing environmental concerns, terrorist threats, export of jobs overseas — high school students today face numerous issues that your parents didn’t. Will your lives be as good as theirs? Is the American Dream still alive? Is it something you strive for? And what do you say to those who suggest your generation isn’t up for the challenge?

Congratulations to student user, Meg, who scored the highest for the response:

I think that it will be more difficult for us. There is less money and things are more expensive things will be harder for us in the long run.


Top10 Research Links provided for this Blast included:
The Life of Generation Z
The Lost Generation
Are the Youth of Today a Lost Generation?
Why Our Children Will Be Better Off
Is the American Dream still alive?



The final results of this Blast's poll are:

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Blasts are StudySync's real-time, cross-classroom interaction on topics of cultural significance encouraging multiple viewpoints and deeper analysis. An interactive forum to get students excited about and engaged with current events, each Blast poses a question and allows the student to answer within 140 characters.

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Categories: Blasts, Current Events


What’s a Good Tweet Worth?

Posted by Diane Cadogan on July 20, 2011 |

Money for characters

$37,000 according to the University of Iowa. Students interested in receiving the Tippie scholarship are prompted to tweet “What makes you an exceptional Tippie MBA candidate and full-time MBA hire? Creativity encouraged!" Wow! $264 dollars per character? Having been a starving college student some years back, it’s hard for me to imagine receiving that amount of money for 140 characters, no matter how well-chosen. But if you think about it, there is artistic beauty in being able to convey ideas succinctly, effectively, and creatively. And we can all appreciate the qualities of brevity, right?

For me, John Steinbeck comes to mind when thinking about simple, powerful language. In fact, I distinctly remember my high school English teacher wanting us to understand how what often appears to be simple in the art of writing can often be the most memorable, powerful storytelling. A lesson plan on TeacherVision describes Steinbeck’s The Pearl in the following way. “The story is simple but exciting. However, within its simplicity is the great complexity of a tale filled with imagery, symbolism, and thematic significance.” 

Students can experience – and practice – this same to-the-point powerful approach to writing with StudySync, whether through student essays or StudySync Blast responses on current events.  While the perfect 140-character Blast response may not garner students a $37,000 reward, it does allow them to express themselves quickly, concisely, and thoughtfully – from any device, anytime, anywhere.  And that can be an even greater reward than the money – well, almost.  

Excerpts from John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath, The Pearl, and Travels with Charley can also be found in the StudySync Digital Library.

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Categories: Blasts, Books, Current Events, Education, Learning, Literature, Mobile Learning, Technology, Web-based Learning


One Teacher’s Call to Students: Login to Twitter, and BYOT

Posted by Ali Swenson on June 10, 2011 |

CNN_student_tweet In a report from CNN's Dan Simon yesterday, we learn how one Los Angeles teacher has transformed his classroom by encouraging his students to Tweet.

Enrique Legaspi once faced a scenario that many of his peers struggle with every day: a classroom full of distracted students constantly connected to their mobile devices — texting, Tweeting or IMing.

Legaspi wasn't against technology, and like many teachers, he wondered if there might be a way to turn the reality of those technological distractions into a learning opportunity. After attending a seminar in San Francisco on incorporating Twitter into the classroom, he had an epiphany:

I had an 'Aha! moment' then. I said to myself, 'Wow. This is what's going to really engage my students.'

Rather than telling his students to turn their devices off, he set a BYOT, or Bring Your Own Technology, policy. If the students were not equipped, they were able to use one of the classroom computers. Either way, they would be Tweeting. But not just to their friends. They would be Tweeting about World War I, then watching the responses in real-time as Legaspi highlights some of the answers.

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Categories: Blasts, EdTech, Education, iPad, K-12, Learning, Mobile Learning, Technology


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