Archive for November, 2015

What Should Parents Know About Instagram?

Written by Paul Fulce. Posted in MS/HS Principal

Tips from Common Sense Media

Kids and teens love using the photo-sharing app Instagram because it lets you apply cool effects and captions to your photos and videos and easily share them across a number of social media platforms. The ability to quickly change the look of your pics by adding anything from borders to blurring to brightness not only unleashes kids’ creativity, it kinda makes their lives look a little more awesome.

Parents also should know that, on Instagram, photos and videos are public by default and can contain location data. So it’s important for kids to use privacy settings to limit their audience. Also, some kids feel pressure to curate their lives to project an idealized image they can’t live up to. The rise of “Finstagrams” (fake Instagram profiles) indicates kids feel a need to convey a more authentic version but don’t want to ruin their perfect image on their “real” feeds. Despite these hitches, Instagram does a remarkable job of implementing a neat idea with an easy and fast interface, all for free.

Learn more about the pros and cons of Instagram and how to help your kid use it responsibly

Writing Research Reports in Writing Workshop

Written by JenniferG. Posted in 5th Grade

Sure, we might only be in fifth grade, but we know quite a bit about quite a lot! In fact, we can write to teach others, which is exactly what we are doing in Writing Workshop. Fifth graders have been working on generating research reports on a certain topic that interests them. Just like the non-fiction books we are studying in Reading Workshop unit, our research reports contain all sorts of text features, including headings, sub-headings, diagrams, pictures and photographs, captions, maps, and timelines. We started off the year telling our own stories, and are now realizing that there are so many other important informational stories worth telling!