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  • Ask any questions (however trivial) about how to use Youngzine in your classroom
  • Learn, share and discuss novel ways to get students more engaged about current events and using online media constructively
  • Provide feedback to Youngzine staff - they are totally committed to making Youngzine work for your classroom, and will listen and quickly respond to any feedback you have!

For an intro to how to use Youngzine in your classroom, read Teachers! and Classroom Blogs. Now let's have a lively discussion, folks! 

To get you started, here is a SAMPLE LESSON PLAN based on a past news article on Youngzine.

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Deepa Gopal April 13, 2021 - 9:38pm
Hello Mad for MediaGirl -- We have been unable to add quizzes of late on articles as we are short-staffed. We hope to restart in the Fall. Our sincere apologies.
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Mad for MediaGirl April 13, 2021 - 5:28pm
Where are the quizzes? I have opened numerous articles but I can't find any quizzes.
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Deepa Gopal February 26, 2016 - 8:46am

Hello Ms. Aaltier - We will look into this issue and get back to you.

Deepa 

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aaltier February 23, 2016 - 9:57am

Hello Deepa,

How can I delete student comments that are in our classroom blog? When I try to delete, the site says that I am not authorized to access that page.

Thank you!

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MrsDeBord October 17, 2015 - 6:50am
I don't understand what I need to do to create an assignment.
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Macohen November 19, 2014 - 12:36pm

I have my students user names but never received their passwords. How do I get passwords for them?

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Macohen November 19, 2014 - 12:19pm

Hi, I have created an account for my students. I can see the user names in my account, but they don't have passwords. How do I get passwords for them?

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Deepa Gopal October 28, 2014 - 12:53am

Hi Ms. Spencer,

I have sent you an email regarding the issue you are facing, with details on how to create the classroom.

Deepa

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64mustang October 27, 2014 - 2:17pm
I can't figure out what I am doing wrong. I want to add students to a class and after I get them all typed in and submit it tells me I am not authorized. I could not find another spot to ask questions S. Spencer
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Deepa Gopal September 11, 2014 - 10:32pm

Hi Ms Teasom,

If the kids respond on the main site, the comments would appear after we approve them. If they respond in the Classroom Tab to the assignments you create, you should see them immediately.

If you continue to see issues, please send us a note at editor@youngzine.com

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Teasom September 6, 2014 - 8:27am

Can I reply to my students' comments? I'd like it give them feedback right from your site, but when I click to reply on their comment, I get a "comment does not exist" error.

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mmundy August 21, 2014 - 6:10pm

Thank you for the information. That helps a lot! This is really exciting!

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Deepa Gopal August 21, 2014 - 10:54am

Hi Ms. MMundy : Our articles are written for Middle school children though they have been used by teachers all the way from 3rd and 4th grades onwards through high school. In terms of lexile levels, we don't have anything on our website that assigns a level. 

We are a very small team, and hope to expand into more levels once we get funding. Meanwhile, there are tools out there such as ATOS analyzer (http://www.renaissance.com/products/accelerated-reader/atos-analyzer) that gives you a rough idea. 

We have found that children at all levels are able to take something away from the text or video. 

Perhaps other teachers from late elementary through Middle schools can share how they are using Youngzine articles.

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mmundy August 20, 2014 - 5:22pm
I am trying to figure out the approximate reading level of the articles on Youngzine. Would we be able to see the approximate lexile levels of the articles? Am I overlooking something? I am so excited to get started with this in my classes!
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Deepa Gopal December 5, 2013 - 10:46am

Hi MsJanke : We have sent you an email. Please take a look.

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MsJanke December 5, 2013 - 7:14am

Hi-
How long does it typically take to receive usernames for student login purposes?

Thank you

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Ayeshaazra July 13, 2013 - 12:03pm

How does a student or teacher submit their articles or quiz ?

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Deepa Gopal December 3, 2012 - 11:31pm

Hi misshrogers: We have sent you an email about the issue re: your account which is now fixed. You will find student usernames and password in the email. Please let us know if there is anything else we can do to assist you. 

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misshrogers November 28, 2012 - 11:47am

I've just signed up for youngzine. I have a list of student usernames, but how do I get the students to log in? They don't have any passwords.

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Deepa Gopal August 13, 2012 - 11:17am

Hi there -- you should be able to go to the Classroom tab and create the assignment. Our classroom feature was in churn as we tried to add deleted features. It is possible that your classroom was not created when you last tried. Please try again.

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Deepa Gopal August 13, 2012 - 11:11am

We have been to recreate the exact same issue and are working on it.

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Deepa Gopal August 13, 2012 - 11:11am

Dear Ms. Spieckermann : We added a delete classroom feature over the last two weeks, and there is an issue when it comes to multiple classrooms under one teacher. We should have it fixed in the next day or two and will let you know. Sorry about that. We are a very small (but passionate!) team, and with holidays and vacations -- this is taking us a bit longer to address. 

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Ms. Spieckermann August 10, 2012 - 5:19pm
I used to be able to switch between 2 classes. Now the only thing that shows up is a dead link to one of my old classes.
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Ms. Spieckermann August 10, 2012 - 11:21am
I finally got my classes from last year deleted, but now there is no option to add this year's classes. Help???
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Ayeshaazra August 3, 2012 - 12:46pm

Hi! I have just joined youngzine. how does one go about creating an assignment ... kind of lost. Thanks

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Mrs. W April 17, 2012 - 11:32am
I, too, love Youngzine and had no trouble adding my students. I received a password for each of them within 24 hours, printed that out for each student, gave them all the same password, and they were off and running. I like how, in a classroom with many different abilities, this can be a self-paced activity. I have made it a long-term assignment; by the end of the school year, they must have accumulated a certain number of points for an "A", "B", etc. Some kids have gone well beyond what is expected and have really gotten into this site! It took us quite some time, though, to figure out exactly how many points you can earn for comments, how many for quizzes, how many for contests, etc. If that could be clearly stated on the site, somehow, that would really improve its usability. Thank you for all you do!
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Deepa Gopal February 29, 2012 - 10:25am

MrsKemp: The avatar feature should be working now for your students.

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Deepa Gopal February 27, 2012 - 12:49pm

Mrskemp: We are able to duplicate the issue. Seems like a recent problem and we will get back to you shortly once this is fixed. This was working well so far, as many classroom children have their own avatars. Thanks for pointing this out to us.

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mrskemp February 27, 2012 - 12:40pm
I have my class signed up and all with their usernames and passwords. We tried to change one of the avatars for one of my students and it reported an error about an email address. Am I missing something? I would really like them to be able to personalize this.
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Deepa Gopal February 9, 2012 - 8:12am

Hi Mary: Thanks! It is wonderful that you are using Youngzine for differentiated learning and critical thinking. We heard from another teacher that he is using it in a very similar manner. Real life issues is the key -- as it helps draw the connection between what children learn in schools and its practical applications.

Curious how others are using Youngzine -- if you are a teacher, do share your ideas or lesson plans.

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marydyer January 22, 2012 - 12:38am

Hi Deepa, your magazine has become a regular part of my curriculum.
Up until now, I have assigned two articles every week for my students to read and respond to as a homework activity. However, I am now going to use Youngzine as a means of differentiating instruction in class: While I do guided work with a group, I can challenge other students to use higher order thinking skills (analysis, synthesis) as they work independently on Youngzine.
Working with Youngzine is authentic performance at its best ...reading and writing for an audience on real life issues

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Deepa Gopal January 21, 2012 - 4:11pm

Many of you have requested for Youngzine to share sample lessons plans in our teacher survey.

We have put together a series of prompts using two articles on Population that we had featured in the recent past. The lesson plans and prompts have been tagged by grade level at the end of each question.

World Population: Lesson Plan

We have written the articles keeping in mind various areas of learning that could potentially be addressed. In this example you will notice that the articles can be tweaked to achieve learning goals in Knowledge and Comprehension, Critical Analysis and Thinking, Math, History, Geography, Political Science and even Art.

We as well as other teachers would love to know how each of you are using Youngzine in your classrooms. We welcome your thoughts and encourage you to share your experiences to make learning relevant for all children.

Please let us know what you think of our lesson plan as well. We value your feedback. 

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Sri January 2, 2012 - 11:00pm

WarriorTeacher34, you make a good point. Sometimes it's convenient for the teacher to set a password and e-mail for everyone, then let students customize it (so that they have their own password, say). But i can also see your point where that may lead to problems (such as them forgetting their password). 

We will think more about this, and perhaps introduce a choice for teachers when setting up the classroom. If you have more thoughts let us know. 

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WarriorTeacher34 January 1, 2012 - 11:01am
I'm a new user who would be interested in how teachers of 3rd and 4th grade students are using Youngzine. Also as far as the site set-up, I would prefer that if I have registered my students as a class, that they would not have any option in editing their profiles to change their passwords or the email attached to their profile.
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Sri October 29, 2011 - 6:43pm

Hi folks, we fixed both issues!

1. You now have a "Delete Student" link underneath your Student list. 

2. If your student forgets a password, they can either e-mail you (preferable), or click on Forgot Password, and type in their *username* (not e-mail, since that is shared by the whole class). You will receive the e-mail, and can help him.

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Sri October 27, 2011 - 7:41am

Thanks for the pointing out the problem with the password - we will fix that, as well as add a "Delete student" link in a few days.

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nporter October 26, 2011 - 8:36am
How do I delete a student. Also is there a way that I can get student passwords? They hit the lost password link and that sends me an email but I don't think that is for their password I think it is fo my teacher password. Is that correct or am I missing something?
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Deepa Gopal October 11, 2011 - 3:25pm

Hi Ms Williams :

You can register your classroom using this link http://www.youngzine.com/ytimes_classroom_setup

You will need to fill in your classroom name, class password, students first name and last initial. We will create an account for your students and link them to your teacher account. 

From then on, you student will simply login with their unique user id and class password. Both you and your students can view the assignments and responses in your Classroom tab.

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Ms. Williams October 11, 2011 - 11:32am

How do the students get into their profile and complete the assignments? Do they have to create a log in with an email address and everything too?

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Deepa Gopal August 28, 2011 - 5:28pm

From bchoate:

My class is loving Youngzine. I just wish I would have found this sooner. I am very excited bout the potential next year for my students. I would love to hear from other teachers how you are using Youngzine in your classes

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Deepa Gopal August 28, 2011 - 5:26pm

Great suggestions! This is a very recent feature, and we are looking for exactly this kind of feedback to make it meaningul for educators. Please take a look at the classroom tab now - we have added article links. I will also reach out to you offline to discuss some of the other details in your note.

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Deepa Gopal August 28, 2011 - 5:25pm

From shebazzle:

Love the classroom idea - although at this juncture, seems like it needs to be a little more integrated with the site and perhaps some of its functionality made a little more clear. Difficult to sort out how to add new students to a classroom (I am looking to find a way to add other homeschooled students to a class with my daughter), difficult (or impossible) to edit or delete posts, seems like it should be more seamless to link to an article. Would love to see this developed more, and happy to help as a beta tester in whatever way(s) I can.

Cool idea! Love Youngzine!

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Deepa Gopal August 28, 2011 - 5:23pm

From an 8th grade teacher:

I simply cannot believe that more teachers are not taking advantage of your beautiful site. I believe it is amazing. I teach a computer application class and see over 125 students a day. I use Youngzine in three ways.

First, on Friday's we blog. Many times I have a question for them, but sometimes I let them go to your site and choose an article to read and post a summary on their blog.
Second, I have students who are finished early with assignments and instead of going to play games, I have them go to your site.
Third, If a student is absent or has been removed from class for discipline reasons it is difficult for them to make up what they have missed. So they do not loose points in the grade book, I give them the option of going to your site and reading one of your articles and posting a summary to their blog.

I love it for many reasons. First, I know I can trust the content! I also like the way the students can go in and "drill down" what they are interested in reading. ( sports, arts...)

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Deepa Gopal August 28, 2011 - 5:23pm

From a 5th grade teacher:
I want to give my students choices on which they would like to read. I will probably have them create a Thinking Map that goes along with the article and have them comment as well.