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Weekly News Quiz, October 27, 2014

§ October 27th, 2014 § Filed under Computers and Technology, Current Events, Elementary School, High School, Middle School, Weekly News Quiz § No Comments

Find an interactive, game-show style board for our Weekly News Quiz here. Or find a text-only version of the questions and answers below.


1. Last week, Amazon unveiled their newest line of what popular eReader?

2. This internet television startup is trying to fight back after the Supreme Court ruled that they violate copyright laws.

3. Dunkin Donuts, whose leader revealed that they will not meet their sales forecast this year, is based in what Massachusetts town?

4. The current season of which popular cooking show takes place in Boston?

5. Which country won a bid to supply new subway cars for the MBTA?

6. Taxi owners and drivers have formed a new group to fight ridesharing companies such as these. Name one of two.

7. Mayor Martin Walsh’s name is currently being added to city signs all over Boston, replacing the name of which former mayor?

8. ast week, the Republican candidate for lieutenant governor urged Campaign Sm@art students to get involved in politics.

9. Which national sport organization is calling for shorter games (most last at least 2.5 hours) to appease the shorter attention spans of younger viewers?

10. Which NHL Bruins captain suffered a knee injury last week, keeping him on the sidelines for at least 4-6 weeks?


1. Kindle.

2. Aereo.

3. Canton.

4. Top Chef.

5. China.

6. Uber, Lyft.

7. Thomas Menino.

8. Karyn Polito.

9. NBA.

10. Zdeno Chara.


Student Voices responses: educational apps

§ October 27th, 2014 § Filed under Student Voices § No Comments

Congratulations to our Student Voices writer for September, Diego Duarte from Everett High School, found on here. 

Check out what students had to say about in response to page 20 of the September 8 Boston Herald article "Student apps made grade" and the prompt below:

New iPhone and Android apps, such as iStudiez Pro, Studious, and MyHomework Student Planner, make keeping track of class schedules and homework assignments easy. Remind, Classdojo, and Edmodo let you connect with your teachers outside of class time. Do you think it’s a good idea to use apps to help with school? What are your thoughts on using apps to connect with your teachers? If you have used an app for school before, what did you think of it?

My experience is that using apps for school and education makes learning simple, fast, and exciting. For example, in my computer class my teacher uses Google Docs to send our homework or class work to us and if we have a question we can simply comment on the homework.  My history teacher uses the app Edmodo for discussions. That way, if a student doesn't like to express themselves in class they could do so with the app. There are many apps for any type of school work or class. In my opinion, this is going to be the future of education because today people are using technology for taking notes or even to send them to other students. School is easier with the use of technology. For example, I use my phone as an organizer so I know what time to do my homework and when a project is due. I use my laptop to search for information if I need it during class or if I need to write something down. When I need help on something, I just email my teacher or chat with him on Google +. I get that some schools don't trust their students with using technology, but why punish everyone because one person can’t handle using technology? Give the privilege to students and if they abuse it, take it away from that one person. If they want to limit the use of their technology, there’s probably an app for that or maybe someone will make one. But don't allow it right away. Give it to the students slowly and let them start to use technology to see what they can come up with. In conclusion, technology should be part of education because it’s the most useful tool and it’s easy to be productive while using technology. - Diego Duarte, Everett High School

Thank you to all of the teachers and students who participated in Student Voices. We are still accepting submissions for our October writing prompt about social media in our society, here. Submit to by the end of this week.


Weekly News Quiz, October 20

§ October 21st, 2014 § Filed under Current Events, Elementary School, High School, Middle School, Teacher resources, Weekly News Quiz § No Comments

The Weekly News Quiz for the week of October 20 can be found in an interactive game show format here. If you are having trouble accessing the quiz board, a text only version of the questions and answers can be found below. Enjoy the game!


1. Last week, Boston hosted the tenth annual conference in what area of technology, solidifying it as a leader in the field?

2. Apple unveiled these two new devices at a meeting last week.

3. Last week, this leader publicly declared new views on controversial topics in the Catholic religion.

4. As the economy grows this month, more people in Massachusetts have been seeking what?

5. Massachusetts health officials are stepping up vigilance after scares of an outbreak of this contagious disease.

6. This organization sued the state of Massachusetts last week for the names of certain organizations that have imported and exported monkeys.

7. As part of Boston Herald's Campaign Sm@rt, a veteran strategist spoke to Boston students about the struggles for what types of political candidates?

8. Last week, Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Ralph D. Gants made his first State of the Judiciary Speech, calling for reform to the sentencing for what kind of offenders?

9. The new internet only option for this premium cable channel is expected to change the market for basic cable plans.

10. True or False: Television ratings for the National Football League (NFL) have decreased since numerous scandals involving players over the past few months.


1. Robotics.

2. iPad Air 2 and a new iMac desktop computer.

3. Pope Francis.

4. Jobs.

5. Ebola.

6. PETA. (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals)

7. Females and minorities.

8. Drug offenders.

9. HBO.

10. False. (They have increased.)

National Bullying Prevention Month

§ October 14th, 2014 § Filed under Elementary School, High School, Middle School, Teacher resources § No Comments

Infographic: Custom Ink, with statistics from the National Bullying Prevention Center. The statistics are startling, but they also provide hope.

October is National Bullying Prevention Month. According to a national study, 18 percent of Boston teens are bullied at least once a week, and 32 percent of students see at least three incidents of peer bullying per month. But eight out of ten local teens also report that they are willing to stand up against bullying and do something about it.

How can you teach your students to stand up against bullying?

  • Boston Herald in Education teachers can download these free curriculum guides to help teach about the consequences of bullying. Character Matters uses newspaper activities to teach students the importance of values such as respect, tolerance, and citizenship. Living Life Online is a great introduction to internet safety and how to prevent and deal with cyber bullying. Access these curriculum guides here. 

*You must be a Boston Herald in Education teacher to access the curriculum guides. Order here.

  • Wednesday, October 22 is National Unity Day, which is dedicated to putting an end to bullying. Students are asked to wear orange to send a message of support and solidarity to victims of bullying.
  • Students can also participate in Custom Ink’s 4th Annual Be Good to Each Other Campaign by designing and wearing their own anti-bullying t-shirt or buying a shirt designed by a celebrity. 100 percent of the profits go to PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center. Find more information about the Be Good to Each Other Campaign here. 

Together we can stand up against bullying in schools.

Weekly News Quiz, October 13

§ October 14th, 2014 § Filed under Current Events, Elementary School, High School, Middle School, Teacher resources, Weekly News Quiz § No Comments

Test your students' knowledge of current events with our Weekly News Quiz, based on last week's top Boston Herald articles.

Access the interactive Jeopardy-style board for our Weekly News Quiz here. A text only version of the questions and answers are below. Enjoy!


1. This program allowed local Boston students who are members of the Boston Debate League to meet Mayor Walsh at the Boston Herald headquarters last week.

2. High profile democrats, such as a member of the band Dropkick Murphys, have been financially backing which gubernatorial candidate?

3. A recent “stop and frisk” study has accused the Boston Police Department of what?

4. A statue of this famous writer, who was born in Boston, was unveiled in Boston Commons last week.

5. Famous Olympians are supporting Boston’s bid to host the Olympics for which year?

6. Recent lower gas and heating costs are due to the fall in the price of what?

7. Which app beat out Facebook as the most popular social sharing app for youth?

8. This mobile app is helping the federal government track child predators.

9. Which sport started their season last week with a win for the Boston team?

10. After a bad start to the season, the New England Patriots won against this previously undefeated team last week.


1. Campaign Sm@rt.

2. Charlie Baker (R).

3. Racial Profiling.

4. Edgar Allen Poe.

5. 2024.

6. Crude Oil.

7. Instagram.

8. Operation Predator.

9. Hockey.

10. The Cincinnati Bengals.

Student Voices October Prompt

§ October 9th, 2014 § Filed under Current Events, Elementary School, English Language Arts, High School, Journalism, Middle School, NIE News, Student Voices § No Comments

Student Voices gives students a unique opportunity in publishing and journalism. See this month’s prompt, as well as the Student Voices rules, below.

Note: You must be subscribed to the Boston Herald Smart Edition to participate in Student Voices. Don’t have the Smart Edition yet? Order here.

Read the article “MIT Media Lab gets $10M to major in social studies,” on page 2 of the October 2 Boston Herald, then answer the following prompt.

Researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology were recently given 10 million dollars to study Twitter in an attempt to find patterns that could tell us more about people and how they interact. What can studying social media help us understand about our culture and society? What forms of social media do you use? What do you get out of it?

Email responses to Brianne Costa at by Thursday, October 30. Note: Responses must be emailed by a teacher. Responses emailed directly from students will not be accepted.

Please include a photo of each writer with a copy of our media release form signed by a parent or guardian.

Students’ answers will be posted right here on the NIE blog, and one student per month will be published in the print Boston Herald newspaper!

Any questions? Please contact Brianne Costa at or call 617-619-6220.

Weekly News Quiz, October 6

§ October 6th, 2014 § Filed under Current Events, Elementary School, High School, Middle School, Teacher resources, Weekly News Quiz § No Comments

Access the interactive board for this week's News Quiz here. Or use the text version below.

All questions are based on last week's top news stories in the Boston Herald.


1. This respiratory infection has been making its way around New England and baffling doctors.

2. The Director of the Secret Service resigned last week over a September 19 incident in which an armed man was found where?

3. True or False: Martha Coakley (D) and Charlie Baker (R) are close to a tie in the polls for the Massachusetts gubernatorial race.

4. Where can you follow the Campaign Smart Program, which teaches students how candidates prepare for a debate and allows you to weigh in with your opinions?

5. What new social media site has been recently gaining popularity as an ad-free answer to Facebook?

6. Last week, MIT Media Lab received 10 million dollars to study this facet of the Internet.

7. Last week, a large volcano erupted where?

8. Which politician was quoted last week as saying that ISIS terrorists do not pose an "existential threat" to the U.S.?

9. Oprah Winfrey was honored last week at which esteemed Massachusetts University?

10. A thief stole money from a boy scout and his mother outside of a grocery store in this Massachusetts town.


1. Enterovirus.

2. The White House.

3. True.


5. Ello.

6. Social Media.

7. Japan.

8. Joe Biden.

9. Harvard.

10. Malden.