July 28th, 2008
06:05 PM ET

Special: Black in America

In today's Webcast, we paralleled part of CNN's Black in America coverage by focusing on apparent disparities between some black and white students.  As you hear in the program, a Harvard study found that, "in urban areas, the average black student performs on a level about four years below his peers."  It's a surprising statistic, but it isn't something that goes unnoticed.  Many schools and programs nationwide are taking action to address the issue, with teachers, administrators, parents and coaches working closely with students to help them turn things around or increase their chances for success.

We're interested to hear your impressions of today's special, as well as the sound bites and statistics it brought you.

Carl Azuz, Anchor

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July 24th, 2008
05:57 PM ET

No Slack!

Okay, I admit I've been slacking a little on the blog, and I'm sorry about that.  But I'm definitely not slacking on the job!  There's a little election coming up this November - you might've heard something about it - and we're busy preparing for it at CNN Student News.  In fact, we just wrapped up a report about televised presidential debates - the history of them, who's in charge of them, and what kinds of formats they come in.  And you'll see that piece as the presidential debates get going and the big day gets closer.

Carl Azuz, Anchor

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July 15th, 2008
03:43 PM ET

Coming Soon: Vlog !

It kinda sounds like a sidekick of Dracula - picture a smaller, uglier, hairier vampire that hangs out over Dracula's shoulder.  It'd make good comic relief for a dude who drinks blood:  "I am Dracula.  Oh, and this is my little friend, Vlog.  I call him Vloggie..."

(You know you've been out in the summer sun too long when you start writing stuff like that.)

Anyway, keep an eye out for our new video blogs, or Vlogs, that we'll be posting in the near future.  Think of them as our own iReports that will appear right here and show you (in video!) what we're doing when we're not on the air.  And that reminds me...  If you have any summer vacation video of your own you'd like to send us, click here to get the ball rolling!

Carl Azuz, Anchor

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July 7th, 2008
03:55 PM ET


How's your summer going?  Mine's been pretty busy so far.  After we hosted students in our Leadership Unplugged: A CNN Experience program two weeks ago, I went on the road to San Antonio, Texas where the National Educational Computing Conference was held.  As a former educator, I really enjoy taking in all the latest in technology for the classroom.  And there was plenty of it, from new software that helps with grading and classroom management to podcasting and on demand video.   And our producer, Gerald Smith and I did a presentation on CNN Student News and how to use iReport in the classroom. 

The educators we spoke with actively use some or all of these kinds of technology everyday. How are you using technology to help you learn? 

Donna Krache, Executive Producer

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July 1st, 2008
05:21 PM ET


In the post about sailor Zac Sunderland (published June 30), an anonymous viewer commented with the question, "How many teens can say that they have at least made an honest attempt to circumnavigate the world via the sea?"

The short answer is "not many," and we don't suggest anyone try it in water wings.  But one thing about Sunderland that really impressed me was his preparation.  He's taking everything into account, like places where he can stay, how much food he can fit in the boat, which course(s) to take...  It's not that other sailors never think of these things; it's just that Sunderland obviously knows what he's doing - including the risks he's taking and how to circumnavigate (get it?) them.

Our daily program resumes on CNN Headline News on Monday, August 18, and we're already preparing for it.  From writing and producing everything from promos to new reports, CNN Student News is very much on task, if off the air.  Are you doing anything to prepare for the upcoming school year?  How about your plans for the summer?

Carl Azuz, Anchor

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