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Bringing ELA into the future!

I love the technology in my classroom. I think this platform brings ELA into the future, exposing students to a variety of texts and mediums to engage in.
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Wouldn't do it again.
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Excellent platform to support transformed teaching that puts powerful learning in the hands of students.

I LOVE using StudySync in my classroom because it challenges the students, yet engages them in learning using modes that are increasingly pervasive in modern culture. It helps me to truly differentiate my instruction and spend time with individual students who really need more assistance, but then also allow those who want to push forward more the opportunity to do that, too. It does not not much time to set up and get started, but, like any robust curricular support there are so many great resources within this one platform that it does take some time to learn exactly how to tailor the specific facets of the resource to the needs of each class of students.
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StudySync Is The Perfect Tool To Develop 21st Century Literacy!

StudySync is a progressive tool that can help students develop 21st century literacy. I love that students can engage with a variety of media, read a wide range of texts, annotate digitally, listen to audio recordings, watch video clips, and anonymously provide peer feedback on each other's work!
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Writing, Analysis, and Discussion (oh my!)

I love this product (trust me, my colleagues are tired of hearing me rave about it) and, even better, my students love it too! The thing I love most is that it makes writing a "normal" activity, as opposed to something we do on special occasions or for big projects, because the work of reading, scoring, and responding isn't only on my shoulders. Now, we write all the time, and they get better at doing it, because they're getting consistent and varied feedback. It also gives them practice looking at and evaluating their peers' work, which also makes them better writers. Finally, the huge library of texts means that I can expose them to a wide variety of literature (without spending hours finding selections and creating handouts), and the writing prompts are already included.
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Engagement, Common Core, & Teacher Friendly!

My classroom has been changed for the better because of StudySync! This is my classroom textbook. I love how students are able to review peers work, while being anonymous. I am able to grade assignments within the program, and give annotated feedback on their written work. So valuable to have all of the students work online in one place. Students love the "Blast" assignments, which are short "tweet like" responses to high interest non-fiction reading prompts. My students love the videos included in the premium lessons, and they will watch them over & over to gain further understanding of a topic.
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Engaging graphics, videos, texts help students become better readers and writers

StudySync is a well-designed ELA/Social Studies resource that allows students to read (and listen to) curated fiction and non-fiction texts, write written responses, and respond to their peers in a protected environment. For social studies, it also has "StudySync Blasts," which are current event articles to which students can respond with brief-Twitter-like comments.
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A robust language arts, collaborative, and critical thinking system

Studysync offers a collaborative, engaging, social media environment that allows teachers and students to analyze and discuss chosen readings in safe, and structured environment. Teachers can choose readings (excerpts or full text) by lexile levels, Common Core alignment, publication date, theme, or other filter options such as genre or subject. Assessment tools appear to be built in to system, but I was not able to experience those. Teacher created assignments both in reading and writing are listed within the system for all students to access. Students can also interact with others in their class (and with other students around the world) collaborating on language arts class work and in peer review. Lessons can help students build background knowledge, utilize critical thinking skills, collaborate and experience different viewpoints in literature review, in a planned environment. Studysync offers a large library of texts and text selections, but teachers can also add their own selections. Students were able to see this program but not actively participate in this trial. Generally, they felt it would help with their learning and they would be more likely to try harder and participate due to the social networking nature of the system. A 60 day free trial is offered, and it is my suggestion that you try it. Beyond that $195.00 will get you a 12 month subscription for up to 30 students.
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