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Boston Herald Smart Camp: Week Four

§ July 28th, 2014 § Filed under Smart Camp § No Comments

The summer is flying by—it’s already the final week of Smart Camp! We hope you will share the Smart Edition activities you practiced this summer with your students in the fall. If you’re still catching up, find Week Three's activities here. Don’t forget to leave a comment on each blog post about your experience!
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Week Four: Writing a Review
In the Boston Herald, you’ll find reviews for everything from headphones to burritos.
1. Read a review for a product in the Smart Edition.
2. Research the product online by going to the manufacturer’s website, and then read other reviews for the same product. Determine how the Boston Herald article compared to other sources.
3. How did the information on the company website differ from the Boston Herald article? What did other sources say about the product? Did another resource rank the product more or less favorably than in the Boston Herald article?
4. Write your own review for the product based on what you’ve learned.
And then… write a review of your Smart Camp experience! Post it in a comment below.

Boston Herald Smart Camp: Week Three

§ July 21st, 2014 § Filed under Smart Camp § No Comments

Welcome back to Boston Herald Smart Camp! If you're still catching up, find Week Two's activities here. Don't forget to leave a comment on each blog post about your experience!

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Week Three: Deal or No Deal

Whether they are wearing team jerseys sponsored by local businesses, or viewing a webpage with popup ads, students are exposed to advertising everywhere. But just because a company advertises a price, it doesn’t always mean it’s the best deal.

1. Find an advertisement for a product or service in the Boston Herald Smart Edition.

2. Visit the webpage for that company, and read more about the company’s services, products, and pricing. See if the company lists special offers, and if there are stipulations for sale prices.

3. Visit the webpages of two competitors that offer similar products or services. Make a chart that includes each company, their products or services, and their pricing information.

Was the offer advertised in the newspaper the best deal?

Boston Herald Smart Camp: Week Two

§ July 14th, 2014 § Filed under Smart Camp § No Comments

Welcome back to Boston Herald Smart Camp! If you're still catching up, find Week One's activities here. Don't forget to leave a comment on each blog post about your experience!

Week Two: Letters to the Editor

The Letters section of the Boston Herald is an important part of the newspaper because it gives readers the opportunity to share their opinions.

1. Read the letters in today’s Smart Edition.

2. Select a letter, and use the calendar tool or search box to find the same news article referenced in the letter you chose. Read the article and decide if you agree or disagree with the opinion expressed in the letter.

3. Then write a paragraph explaining why you agree or disagree with the author of the letter.

After you complete the activity above, share your thoughts right here on the NIE Blog. Post a comment below about your Smart Camp experience.

Check back on Monday for Week Three's activities!

 

Boston Herald Smart Camp: Week One

§ July 7th, 2014 § Filed under Smart Camp § No Comments

Welcome to Boston Herald Smart Camp! We hope you are ready to have fun learning how to use the Smart Edition this summer.

We will post a new activity on the NIE Blog on every Monday morning in July. On the blog you will find the weekly Smart Edition activity, as well as ask questions and share ideas with other teachers in the comments section. (Although students can participate in Smart Camp, the NIE Blog is just for teachers.) You can follow along with Smart Camp each week in July or participate at your own pace throughout the summer.

*Note: Please email brianne.costa@bostonherald.com if you will be primarily using an iPad or tablet to access the Smart Edition. We have special activities and instruction guides that differ from the general Smart Edition guides.

Week One: Introducing the Smart Edition

This week we will become familiar with key tools in the Smart Edition, and learn to navigate the online newspaper.

1. Download and review the Smart Edition Teacher Guide here. The teacher guide also contains all of the activities we will be covering during Smart Camp.

2. Watch the short Smart Edition video on the Smart Edition page here. You’ll see real teachers and students using the online newspaper.

3. Log-on to the Smart Edition with your username and password. (Still need access to the Smart Edition? Order here. Read the newspaper using key features of the Smart Edition such as the calendar tool to read back issues, the search tool to find specific information, and the print tool. If you are participating with students, ask each student to read an article that interests them. Then ask students to share a summary of what they read with the rest of the class.

4. Test what you have learned by completing the following activity.

Smart Edition Scavenger Hunt

Search for these tools in the Smart Edition. Once you find them, use the directions below to label them on the picture below.

1. Draw a triangle over the buttons that turn the page

2. Draw a rectangle around the search box

3. Draw a star over the zoom tools

4. Draw a heart over the button that will always take you back to the homepage

5. Circle the print button

6. Draw a smiley face on the calendar button that will let you read other issues of the newspaper

7. Draw a diamond over the Table of Contents

8. Draw a square over the Sign In/ Sign Out button

After you complete the activities above, share your thoughts right here on the NIE Blog. Post a comment below about your Smart Camp experience.

Check back on Monday for Week Two’s activities!