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.
By the time students reach high school, they have fully embraced a particular idea of themselves as a learner. I frequently hear students say things like “I’m not good at math,” “reading is too hard,” or “I don’t do well on tests.” These comments are made by bright young people who are too young to give up. What I know for certain is that they want and need a teacher to tell them they are wrong.
Each month we publish blogs and several newsletters full of digital learning, funding, professional growth, social media, and STEM resources. Below are items from our blogs and newsletters that educators turned to the most in December.