English Teachers: Do you use Teen Ink?

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  1. linswin23

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    I learned about this site/publication in college and forgot about it until now. I looked at their website and it seems really neat--it's basically a safe haven where kids can submit their writings and possibly get them published in a monthly magazine. There is a forum similar to this one on their site where kids can submit their work and have other kids comment/peer edit their work. I am considering using this in my class this upcoming fall, but wanted to see if anyone has used it?

    Here's the link: teenink.com
     
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    It looks really cool! My district (I believe unwisely) blocks any website that has a forum, so it would be against our AUP. If not, I think my kids would enjoy it.
     
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    The teacher before me subscribed to Teen Ink, and I ended up getting it this year. From my perspective, it was really cool. However, teaching kids with learning disabilities in a low SES school....it wasn't too interesting to the students. The content is more high school, and they have a lot of ads/emphasis on college, which is not something that most of my students aspire to do.
     
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    Thanks for sharing this information. I am going to get a free sample in the mail to read through before I decide whether or not I should use it.
     
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    Looks interesting. Thanks for bringing it to our attention. Ditto bandnerdix in that our district also blocks students from all sites with forums.
     
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    In my district certified teaching staff can override blocked sights with our school log in. However, it was something we had to fight for.
     
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    Emily Bronte (love the username, btw) how do you use Teen Ink in your classes?
     
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    I always encouraged my middle school students to submit their poems to Teen Ink.

    We got a "charity subscription," which meant we got paper copies when there were extras. It was blocked online.

    You really don't want to get me started on school systems so paranoid and clueless that they block what they themselves don't understand.
     
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    Mamacita: How did you get the charity subscription?
     
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    The link to request a charity subscription is on their website.
     

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