Join the Conversation: It’s a Blast
What’s happening in the world today? And what do students think about those events? StudySync Blasts offer a real-world, read-write connection for students and give students the opportunity to voice informed opinions on topics that matter.
What is a StudySync Blast?
Blasts are short daily reading and writing assignments allowing students to express their opinions on high-interest topics, sparking debate on a mediated, online social network.
Students respond in short answer format, engaging in thoughtful discussion with students across the nation about top stories on STEM, world news, the environment, civics, media, and more. It’s engaging. It’s addictive. It’s a smart way to build vital critical thinking, writing and research skills!
Sample Blast lessons have included:
- What ideas can you suggest to improve school design? (with an original audio podcast)
- How has the practice of “binge watching” changed television?
- How is the role of women expanding in the U.S. military?
- At what point does advertising on social media become unethical?
- How should governments regulate offshore drilling?
Six Ways StudySync Blasts Get Students Writing
- Blasts are added daily, providing students with regular read/write opportunities to build vital research, writing, and critical-thinking skills.
- Blasts offer students high interest topics of cultural significance designed to increase engagement and motivation.
- Blasts encourage thoughtful writing in a succinct, engaging format requiring students to express their opinions in 140 characters or less.
- Blasts allow students to participate in thoughtful discussions for an authentic audience of peers.
- Teachers can customize or create Blasts based on local or regional events, engaging students in topics relevant to their everyday lives.
- With 3 Lexile® levels of research content, Blasts can be customized to scaffold for varying levels of learners.
“My students especially love the Blasts, and they beg me to do them. I use them as a carrot, because they don’t realize when they are doing Blasts that they are actually engaging in critical thinking.”