"Designed to stimulate proactive conversations about classic and contemporary texts, StudySync is a stimulus package for provocative thinking," said Carol Jago, past president of the National Council of Teachers of English.
Sonoma, CA (PRWEB) January 31, 2011
Employers across the nation cite communication, collaboration and critical thinking as three of the most important skills for students today. To ensure students remain competitive in the 21st century, educators are seeking new ways for their students to improve these skills. StudySync, powered by BookheadEd Learning, LLC, combines classic and modern texts, digital media, mobile technology, and social networking to inspire students to achieve higher levels of critical thinking and academic collaboration. Designed for middle and high school students, StudySync aligns the world of contemporary media and entertainment with the proven pedagogy of traditional teaching.
“StudySync was born of my belief that it’s critical for students to be exposed to the great works of the centuries, fiction and nonfiction,” said Robert Romano, founder and CEO of BookheadEd Learning. “Given the demands on their time, coupled with the speed at which information is received, students aren’t able to focus on these critical works of literature. StudySync offers students an extensive library of texts, integrated with technology to engage them in a relevant, social learning experience that builds their communication skills and inspires a love of reading.”
With more than 300 classic and modern texts, Sync-Library offers an expanding collection of literature, engaging writing prompts and rich media to build student interest. Many of the texts appear in Appendix B of the Common Core State Standards, and were chosen to match the curriculum of courses taught in middle school through high school, as well as at the college level. The text excerpts are designed to inspire students to read the complete work, and can be used in any discipline, including English, language arts, social studies, history, and science.
“For any teacher struggling to engage today’s ever-wired students in conversations about literature, StudySync is the perfect product,” said Carol Jago, past president of the National Council of Teachers of English. “Wondering how to capitalize on students’ penchant for social networking to improve their reading and writing skills? StudySync offers virtual space where such learning happens. Designed to stimulate proactive conversations about classic and contemporary texts, StudySync is a stimulus package for provocative thinking.”
Sync-TV offers a television-quality video series that features college-level students interacting to construct meaning from a short text. The students model excellence in critical thinking by exchanging ideas, examining premises and assumptions, and reading the author’s words closely for meaning. Each episode is accompanied by a complete lesson from Sync-Lessons, including pre-writing activities, a writing prompt, and an opportunity for students to post their own work, as well as review the work of their peers.
To facilitate academic collaboration, Sync-Review provides an interactive peer network that guides, inspires and improves students’ analysis and communication. Teachers can make assignments to small groups, or an entire class, and students can post essays and critique the work of their peers, using classroom guidelines and a rubric provided by StudySync. This closed peer review network encourages effective timely review, and improvement to critical thinking and student expression.
In addition to collaborating online, students are able to collaborate with each other through mobile technology on topics of cultural significance. Sync-Blasts enable teachers to distribute prompts related to current events to PDAs, iPhones and email, and post for peer review and rating. These prompts can be integrated with lesson plans, and are designed to stimulate student interest and encourage meaningful discussion about important contemporary issues.
StudySync features classroom management and assessment tools through Sync-Management and Sync-Assessment, allowing teachers to deliver assignments, guide student work and perform feedback-based assessments. StudySync enables creative and flexible classroom use by allowing teachers to make individual, group or whole class assignments, and customize lessons to targeted learning goals and objectives. In addition, adaptive assessment tools allow teachers to easily track student progress and improvement over time.
“StudySync is customized, collaborative, and lives up to the need for information integrity in a highly digitized and connected world,” said Dr. Ruth Nathan, Ph.D. from University of California, Berkeley. “Its solutions leverage students’ experience and intelligence to advance them on a pathway to excellence through middle and high school and college.”
StudySync is aligned to the Common Core State Standards, and developed in full recognition of the National Council of Teachers of English’s Position Statement on 21st Century Literacies.
Pricing for StudySync starts at $175 per teacher (up to three classrooms) per year. Building-wide pricing begins at $2,500 for an annual subscription, with volume discounts available for multiple buildings within a district. For more information, or to sign up for a free 60-day trial, visit http://www.studysync.com.
About BookheadEd Learning, LLC
The BookheadEd Learning team is comprised of leading education experts who have combined their passion and knowledge to create StudySync, the company’s flagship product. Designed for middle and high school students, StudySync combines digital media, mobile technology, and social networking to inspire students to achieve higher levels of critical thinking and academic collaboration. This dynamic learning tool connects students to the great ideas of the centuries through its extensive library of classic and modern texts, video-based lessons modeling thoughtful academic discourse, and structured peer-to-peer communication. For more information, visit http://www.studysync.com.
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