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Teen Ink

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ELA: Reading ELA: Writing Social-Emotional Learning ^Music, Art and Makerspaces ^21st Century Skills Middle/High School Website

Skills

Anxiety Social Awareness

Mindprint Expert Review

Pros

  • Students can use the site to find examples of different genres of writing before tackling an assignment. Examples include college essays, author interviews, Haiku.
  • Easy and free to submit work, as well as read and comment on posted work.
  • Interesting and relevant topics for the target age group.

Considerations

  • There are many ads and promotions which can be very distracting.
  • Although all posts are screened and clean,adults should be aware of opinion topics including pop culture, drugs, alcohol, smoking, celebrities, love and relationships.

Mindprint Expert Review

Teen Ink is a fabulous online literary magazine for teenagers to share personal writing, art, photos, opinions, and to receive and give feedback to others on their work. It is entirely free for students to submit work which is screened by site editors before it is posted. The site has many sections and thousands of posts which may overwhelm users initially. However, students can easily find work in a specific genre including poetry, fiction, non-fiction, forums, art, photography, and videos. Students can comment on each other’s work which is also subject to approval, so comments are clean, and mostly positive or constructive. The site provides a supportive environment for teenage creativity and expressions of feelings of angst and uncertainty as evidenced by an anti-bullying video. A teen made a compelling video of her bullying story and received overwhelmingly supportive feedback. Students often enjoy reading peer articles over traditional sources, so the site promotes reading as well as writing. Overall, this site does a superb job of encouraging teens to express themselves, receive feedback, and support peers.

Academic Benefits

Improves academic skills

  • Provides sufficient and varied types of practice problems to maximize understanding and generalization of the targeted skill/concept
  • Manufacturer claims alignment with Common Core/Known Standards
  • Presents educational concepts accurately
  • Explains answers so students can learn from mistakes
  • Better for teaching the skill to new or struggling learners
  • Better for practicing or refreshing the skill
  • Skills are practiced through authentic, meaningful problems (not just rote practice)

Fun

Engaging for the Mindprint recommended age range

  • Appropriate for a broad age range to use and enjoy
  • Subject matter and problems are relevant, interesting and authentic to students
  • Visually appealing to children in the target age range
  • Provides virtual rewards or incentives after meeting specified goals or objectives
  • Provides a "break activity" between academic problem sets
  • Offers ongoing, progressive challenge
  • Overall - Enjoyable. Given the option, students would choose this option

Easy to Use

Understandable for children in the Mindprint recommended age range

  • Has a free or trial version
  • Provides teaching guidance for adults to support the child and set appropriate goals
  • Provides an age-appropriate tutorial/first time users can work independently
  • Student should be able to use independently after first use
  • Has a multi-player option to foster in-person collaboration or cooperation
  • Multiple users can save a profile
  • Student graduates to the next level or topic only after meeting a benchmark
  • Can play without sound and not distract others
  • Students can save work between sessions
  • Can effectively understand and monitor student's progress (email report or in product)
  • Requires registration before using the first time
  • Provides options to play in languages other than English/Good for ELL
  • Presents information in multiple formats (voice over, pictures and text, etc.)
  • Overall - Easy to use