SyncUp With StudySync
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
New StudySync Featured Teacher Tips Showcase In-Class Innovation
At StudySync, we know that true education innovation takes place in the classroom. We are thrilled when we hear how StudySync teachers are using our resources to customize the curriculum in their classrooms and enhance learning. And that's why we've developed a new StudySync resource: Featured Teacher Tips.
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 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.
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.
It’s almost September and we are pleased to see a flurry of activity in the StudySync community: teachers are joining training webinars, setting up assignments, and helping their new students log in for the very first time!
In light of this, we would like to highlight the introduction of the latest useful tool created for teachers and students -- The StudySync Student User Guide.
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.
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!
Tomorrow, the StudySync team travels to Las Vegas for the NCTE Annual Convention, which runs November 15-18.
The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) is a professional association of educators in English studies, literacy, and language arts, devoted to improving the teaching and learning of English and the language arts at all levels of education.