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.
StudentCam is C-SPAN’s video documentary competition that encourages students to think critically about issues affecting their communities and the nation. This year students in grades 6-12 are asked to create a short (five- to six-minute) video documentary.
The Smithsonian Libraries is calling for applications for the 2019 Neville-Pribram Mid-Career Educators Award. The Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum Library in New York is the host location for 2019.