Check out Scholastic’s Choices Magazine!!!!!

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Hey kids!  We have started to use a great supplemental resource in our health class that’s relevant, current, valid and best yet, topics you totally can relate to!  It’s  Scholastic’s Choices Magazine and it is packed full of awesome information that will be useful to you.  All you have to do is go to the site, sign up as a student and you will be able to read the online magazine.  Check it out and head to the current issue or go to back issues to find some awesome information about topics I’m sure you’re curious about!  Oh and don’t forget to watch the videos!  They’re pretty awesome and super funny!

Pretty Awesome Infographics

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Our 8th grade students just completed their Tech Balance Infographics and they turned out, well, pretty awesome!  This was a project we have never done before and we also used online programs that was pretty much foreign to us.  Not only did students learn more about how to balance tech in their busy lives, they all learned how to use new programs to create their infographics.  Such a great skill to learn!  And the most important part of the project, they took the time to research, learn and relay information about a part technology balance they felt passionate about and are now ADVOCATES for Technology Balance.  Pretty amazing!  Nice work 8th graders!

Procrastination Infographic-Victoria B2

Tech Balance-Justina B1

Online Tech Use Infographic-Victoria B1

Benefits of Video Games-Donna B2

video games infographic (1)

Analyzing the Influence of Technology Infographic Project

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Infographics are used quite a bit in reporting health news, as they’re a visually appealing way to get facts and statistics out to the community.

Here are some samples…

Infographic: Meditation in Schools Across America

Infographic: 15 Scientifically Proven Ways to be Happier

Today you’re going to create your own and demonstrate advocacy by taking your posters to a whole new level.

Project- Tech Balance Infographics

Standard 2- Analyzing the influence of technology on personal & family health.

Your task: pick one of the topics that we’ve been discussing during our technology balance unit, gather some research, and create an infographic to get your point across.

Here are some possible topics…

-Digital footprint

-Tech balance/ face-to-face communication

-Digital Citizenship

-Time management/tech distractions

-The benefits of video games

-Mindfulness in a connected world

Pick a topic that interests you, or another one of your choice, do a little research, and find at least four facts or statistics to include in your infographic.

Then use one of these easy to follow programs and get started…



Here’s the rubric so you know exactly what we’re looking for. Remember to cite your sources at the bottom.

Infographic Rubric- Technology F2014

Time Management! We All Need Reminders.

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Hey 8th graders!  Here’s the link to the article “Beat the Clock” about time management and time management strategies from Scholastic’s Choices magazine for teens.  Write down at least 3 tips you learned from the article in your journals and think about any apps you use that help you with your time.  If you get done, please feel free to read other articles in the magazine as well!  Enjoy!!!