Current-Events Site Launched for High School Students
To provide balanced news resources designed for high school students, sisters Kathy and Jane Pivrat have launched StudentNewsDaily.com, which gives teachers access to top news stories, in-depth magazine articles, news commentary and multiple choice quizzes.
The information is geared toward informing the average high-school student about current events and boosting his or her critical thinking skills, and offers them another perspective.
The New York Times, The Washington Post and CNN all provide similar services for high school teachers and students, though many teachers find their free “Student Pages” too time-consuming for a class period, and too difficult for the average public high school student.
“StudentNewsDaily.com lessons are different,” said Kathy Pivrat, who formerly taught in a New York City public high school. “Our lessons can be completed in one class period or less. They focus on the news of the day using the best of the news media. We believe students need to hear news reports from more than just the one point of view provided by the mainstream media. Judging by teacher interest in the site, public school teachers agree.”
The sources for stories and commentary showcased on StudentNewsDaily.com include Townhall, Wall Street Journal’s Opinion Journal, World magazine, The Washington Times, CNS News, Human Events, News Max, The Weekly Standard, The American Spectator and National Review.
“StudentNewsDaily.com is in the unique position of being the only website that provides lessons from multiple news sources on a level that teachers can use with the average public high school student in a class period,” said Pivrat. “Our sources are excellent, and we provide questions and answers to save teachers’ time.”
“Mining for usable and valuable online resources can be an overwhelming and daunting task for both teacher and student,” said Tanya Ditty, CWA of Georgia State Director, who is a Technology Integration Specialist for the Cobb County School System in Marietta, Georgia. “The time consumed researching Web sites for classroom use often ends in a gold bust instead of a gold mine.
“The ability to have at their finger tips an online news medium that offers a balanced approach to the top stories and events of the day is a gold mine for any educator who understands that critical thinking can only happen if students are given both sides of view.”
For more information about StudentNewsDaily.com, e-mail Kathy at Editor@StudentNewsDaily.com.
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