Youngzine is a website where children can learn about current news and events shaping their world—in a simple, engaging, and interactive way. The goal is to help parents and educators create a vibrant community of globally aware young citizens in an increasingly connected world. Along with news stories written specifically with young audiences in mind, Youngzine strives to inform, using fun trivia, compelling visuals, and high-interest videos. More than a passive website, Youngzine is a communityof children, parents, and teachers who recognize the importance of living in this highly interconnected age where actions have far-reaching impact. Children are encouraged to express their views and submit articles, book reviews, or travelogues. Youngzine’s editorial team moderates all content.
Plus: Youngzine’s classroom blog is a way for teachers to introduce current events in their classrooms. While it’s called a “blog,” the feature is really a controlled classroom environment where students can discuss or answer questions on an assignment the teacher creates. All responses will be visible to the teacher, who can choose whether students’ responses are visible to the entire class.
K–8 teachers can expand their horizons this summer by taking the online course “Thinking Like a Historian: Immigration History Through Primary Sources.” The course, which is offered by the nonprofit Primary Source, will take place online from July 11 to August 7, 2018.
The 9/11 Memorial & Museum invites teachers and students to participate in “Anniversary in the Schools,” a freewebinar commemorating the seventeenth anniversary of 9/11. The webinar, broadcast from inside the 9/11 Museum, connects students and teachers from around the world with museum staff and guest speakers to learn about the attacks and the importance of commemoration.
When students ask, “How does that work?” they can easily find out on the JigSpace platform. Using the app (for iOS), students can view step-by-step interactive 3D breakdowns of complex ideas, objects, and phenomena.