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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


I’ve Seen the Future of EdTech, and it’s in my Backyard

Posted by Jay King on March 26, 2012 |

111On March 10th, StudySync participated in The New England 1:1 Summit, a conference right in my backyard, at Burlington High School, in Burlington, MA. Walk through the doors and Burlington looks like your typical suburban public high school, with familiar cement facade, huge double-entry doors, wide hallways, and Formica floors. But this is no typical high school. Burlington High is a 1:1 computing school, a term that means every student has or is issued some technical device, such as a netbook, a laptop, or, as in Burlington's case, an iPad.

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Categories: Current Events, EdTech, iPad, K-12, Learning, Mobile Learning, Teachers, Technology


StudySync Announced as a Finalist for 2012 CODiE Award

Posted by Jenny Brown on March 19, 2012 |

CODiE_logoStudySync is proud to announce that we are a finalist for the 2012 CODiE Award for Best K-12 Instructional Solution! This category recognizes the best broad-based, multi-disciplinary teaching application or solution for curricula and content that is specifically targeted toward students in K-12 learning environments. Finalists include products that offer online curriculum, assessments, and reporting, integrated with tools for classroom management, planning, and collaboration. Products nominated here are also eligible for the Best K-12 Education Solution Award.

 

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Categories: Current Events, EdTech, K-12


StudySync at CUE 2012

Posted by Jenny Brown on March 13, 2012 |

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The StudySync team is hitting the road again, this week traveling to Palm Springs, California, for the Annual CUE Conference, “CUE the Future.” CUE 2012 takes place at the Palm Springs Convention Center on March 15-17. 

StudySync will be represented by Diana Crew, Director of Educational Partnerships, and Ryan Bubalo, Education Accounts Manager. Our lead script writer, Clarissa Romano, will also be there to meet educators and answer questions.

 

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Categories: Current Events, EdTech, Education, Teachers


StudySync a Sponsor of the New England 1:1 Summit

Posted by Jenny Brown on March 07, 2012 |

New England 1-1 Summit imageStudySync is excited to be both an attendee and sponsor of this weekend’s New England 1:1 Summit, hosted by Burlington Public Schools in Burlington, Massachusetts. 

The Summit was created for administrators, educators, and IT administration interested in finding out more about personalized learning and what it really means to transform a district, school, or classroom into a 1:1 environment. StudySync is sponsoring the event alongside Apple, Edutopia, Coursenotes, and other top education technology companies.

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Categories: Current Events, EdTech, Education, Teachers


StudySync to Present at TCEA 2012

Posted by Jenny Brown on February 05, 2012 |

TCEA logo wo taglineThe StudySync team is on the road again. This week, we're traveling to Austin for the Texas Computer Education Association Convention & Exposition (TCEA), which runs February 6th to 10th, 2012. If you’ll be attending, please be sure to stop by Booth #435 and sync-up with us. We’ll be conducting one-on-one demos at the booth, and you can also register for the chance to win a one year’s teacher subscription to StudySync. 

 

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Categories: Current Events, EdTech, Education, Teachers


StudySync at FETC 2012

Posted by Jenny Brown on January 19, 2012 |

This coming week, the StudySync team travels to Orlando for the Florida Educational Technology Conference (FETC), which runs January 23rd to 26th, 2012. If you’ll be attending, please be sure to stop by Booth #1138 and sync-up with us. We’ll be conducting one-on-one demos at the booth, and you can also register for the chance to win a one year’s teacher subscription to StudySync.

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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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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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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


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