Many educators have remarked that Youngzine is a perfect complement to academic material, and can be a great resource for teachers and their classes. Learning through current events not only makes students more aware of what's going on in the world, but also helps absorb concepts better. Here's what teachers and parents are saying about Youngzine.
Moreover, Youngzine now provides a safe "blog" environment for classrooms - a constructive, creative and controlled way for teachers to create classroom assignments and foster discussions on current events!
Youngzine provides special features just for you, if you sign up as a Teacher:
- Each of your classes gets a unique "Classroom Code" that identifies the students in that class. For each class, you get a Blog where you can post assignments and have students respond. You can include specific articles and quizzes to include in each assignment.
- For each of your classes, you get to see a full report of each student's activities just by going to your classroom tab: their comments, assignment responses, points and quiz results.
These are some creative ways by which some teachers are already using Youngzine.
- Teachers allow their children to make comments on articles (public comments), take quizzes, rate articles, participate in contests -- features that are available to all.
- Teachers create custom assignments and have students respond and discuss, right on Youngzine! This is a great way to gauge their children's understanding and foster a discussion/debate between class students.
- Some teachers ask for subjective opinions or ask to summarize an article, as a way to encourage children to think and write. As an example: "What do you think of Oxford English Dictionary's decision to add words like OMG and LOL?"
If you are a Homeschool teacher, and if you and your students share a computer, this requires each of you to log in/out separately. If that is inconvenient, you can still use Youngzine in your curriculum using a single account.
It only takes 2 minutes to get started:
If you have any questions or comments, let us know - we'd love to make this work for your class.