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Friday, January 18, 2013

Boston Public Schools selected to participate in the Globe Newspapers in Education program

The Boston Public Schools has been selected to participate in a Boston Globe pilot program to encourage teachers to use the Globe's digital resources in their classrooms!

In the hopes of expanding the digital side of the their Newspapers in Education (NIE) program, the Boston Globe has provided 10 participating schools with digital subscriptions to the Boston Globe as well as iPads, connectors, and projectors to allow teachers to better access the Boston Globe in their classes and to utilize the Globe's content and resources with their students. The Office of Instructional and Information Technology in collaboration with Curriculum and Instruction’s Social Sciences Department will support a cadre of teachers representing a range of schools and history courses.

The program was launched at an orientation on Monday, January 14th where participants were introduced to the program, its alignment to the Common Core, and technology tools. The teachers also toured the Boston Globe building. They will incorporate Boston Globe digital resources into instruction where the content or concepts align with the curriculum. In the spring, teachers will share their feedback on the use of the Globe in classes and how access to the technology impacted instruction.

This is a great example of Digital Learning as the nation gears up to celebrate an upcoming Digital Learning Day on February 6th, “a national campaign that celebrates teachers and shines a spotlight on successful instructional practice and effective use of technology in classrooms across the country.”

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