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It's time to get started preparing students for the 2017 MyStudySyncTV contest. Students will 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, which mimic StudySync’s proprietary StudySync® TV and SkillsTV episodes by May 3, 2017. Video submissions are then screened by StudySync’s Curriculum and Production team and prizes are awarded to the top Middle and High School submission. Recognition is also given to Best Actor/Actress and Best Direction.
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!
This past November marked the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, and StudySync believes Lincoln’s words are as important today as they were in 1863. On April 15, PBS will honor this landmark speech by airing a new documentary film by Ken Burns entitled, The Address.
NEW YEAR! NEW TOPICS!
Kick off 2014 with StudySync’s new Science, History, and Social Science Blast topics for Elementary, Middle School, and High School students. Plus, look for the Listen Edition logo for more audio-enhanced Blasts that engage students in close reading, listening, and critical thinking skills.
Megan Alubicki Flick, Education Consultant, CT State Department of Education
As teachers, we know that it is critical to help students develop the necessary skills for future success in college and careers. For students learning the English language, this can be an especially challenging task, so it’s important to have tools like StudySync with built-in vocabulary and fluency supports.
The 2014 MySyncTV Contest is officially underway!
Teachers- Have you ever watched SyncTV and thought, “My students could do that.”? Well, now here’s their chance!
One of the greatest challenges of the Common Core is finding a wide range of challenging, authentic texts that engage and excite students. StudySync can help students make engaging connections with our newly introduced Units. Units are a set of comprehensive lessons which offer a full complement of supplemental texts and comparative writing assignments that support the reading of a core text from classic and contemporary literature. All StudySync Units include the engaging media, video, and writing platform so well-known to StudySync users, and allow for an even richer learning experience as students read and analyze the cross-curricular texts within a Unit.
StudySync is excited to announce our partnership with Listen Edition, a company that brings the power of the public radio to the classroom while building essential listening skills required for the Common Core. This month, we launched a new series of Blasts developed in conjunction with Monica Brady-Myerov, CEO and Founder of Listen Edition. Brady-Myerov brings her award-winning public radio journalism experience to our popular Blast feature.
StudySync has received 5-star ratings from Common Sense Media's Graphite.org. Graphite is a free service from nonprofit Common Sense Media designed to help preK-12 educators identify the best apps, games, websites, and digital curricula for their students by providing unbiased, rigorous ratings, as well as practical insights from a community of teachers.
StudySync believes in the importance of annotation for the development of critical reading and writing skills. Our online annotation tool has been a big hit with both students and teachers. The annotation tool allows students to highlight and take notes within a text as they read closely and prepare to write, and also provides teachers with a simple way to create interactive and engaging lessons. For example, we have seen teachers ask students to highlight sections of a text directly on a SMART Board to identify textual evidence or examples of figurative language, thereby modeling Common Core required skills and enhancing discussion.
This week, we are very excited to announce our latest StudySync feature – an annotation tool for teachers!