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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.
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.
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.
At the end of August, eSchool News featured an article by Pat LaMorte, Assistant Principal at Bishop Moore Catholic High School in Orlando, Florida, focusing on technology solutions to advance learning in the classroom. The article, "Technology-enabled active learning’ spurs achievement," explores how and why Bishop Moore turned to digital content delivery to convert their instructional model from a teacher-focused to a more student-focused learning environment. To facilitate this change, one of the digital content programs that the administration implemented was StudySync.
Are you interested in hearing first hand about how StudySync teachers use our engaging multi-media lessons in their classroom?
Register for one of our new "Featured Teacher" webinars and connect directly with StudySync educators to learn how they improve reading and writing skills with our robust digital library of texts, writing prompts, and multi-media lessons that meet state and national standards.
This spring StudySync had the opportunity to interview some of the amazing teachers who use our critical reading and writing program, to see what works for their students and how StudySync is helping them overcome the hurdles of today's classroom and transition to the Common Core. We are excited to share the first of these Case Studies with you, in which we spoke with Colleen Carbone, a Language Arts teacher at Jim C. Bailey Middle School in Pensacola, Florida.
Colleen Carbone uses StudySync to help her students develop the critical writing skills necessary for the upcoming Common Core assessments and to differentiate instruction within her classroom to meet and engage all learning levels. And she does it all within a school system that does not have 1:1 technology access. Read on to hear why Carbone finds StudySync to be "better than a textbook" and the best tech solution for her.
With Steven Spielberg’s film Lincoln out now in movie theatres, our sixteenth President is enjoying a well-deserved moment in the cultural zeitgeist. Abraham Lincoln has long fascinated Americans and is widely considered by historians to be the greatest President in American history for his leadership during the Civil War and his role in ending slavery in the United States.
StudySync is kicking off the new school year with a major expansion of our outreach to educators. At EdNet 2012, we were pleased to announce that StudySync is now live on the Learning.com Marketplace.
StudySync will join with Northfield Mount Hermon (NMH), a prestigious private school in Massachusetts, to add a dynamic technology component to NMH's national VOTES project. The VOTES (Voting Opportunities for Teenagers in Every State) project brings together more than 100 public and private schools nationwide, as well as schools internationally, to give students a voice in the 2012 election. This year, StudySync will facilitate the project’s online component of this exciting election-focused conversation among students nationwide, beginning after Labor Day until the election in November.
On 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.