Academic Resources—Services & Apps
who: anyone with an @christchurchschool.org email
what: free, fully paid access to the entire New York Times site, including the NYTimes mobile app
- Visit nytimes.com/passes. Create a free NYTimes account using your school email address.
- Check your CCS email inbox and click on the link in your confirmation message. (Check your spam or updates/promotions folder maybe.)
- But don't just click! That link will bring you to an NYT page and you must answer the questions on that page or your account will not be registered. (Select faculty/student and graduation year. Pretty easy—but make sure you do it.)
- (If the email doesn't arrive, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org from your school email address to request confirmation, or use their chat feature during business hours—they solve problems really quickly via chat.)
You have successfully claimed a Pass when you see the Start Your Access screen. Now you can enjoy seamless, full access to NYTimes.com and NYT mobile apps from any location, on or off campus, just by logging into your NYTimes.com account. You may download NY Times mobile apps at nytimes.com/mobile.
HINT: Remain logged into your New York Times account to have seamless access to NYTimes.com and the mobile apps for the duration of your Pass.
NOTE: If you already pay for your subscription to the NYT through your school email, you will need to cancel that account before you can sign up using your free CCS access. Unfortunately, they require you to actually contact a person (via chat or phone) in order to cancel, though the process is quite straightforward once you do so. Get there by clicking the tab for “Account” on the top right of the NYT home page, then click on “Account” or “Billing” and navigate to “Cancel my account.” You will not lose any articles you saved; they always stay attached to your email address whether you have an account, cancel it, or sign up again as you would in this case.
If you get a message that you have used up your articles for the month, this is a mistake. Every once in a while your NYTimes account might get dropped from the school's subscription. It shouldn't, but it seems to occasionally happen. We have a subscription so you are allowed unlimited articles.
What to do: Go back to nytimes.com/passes and follow the link there for "Already have an account."
Plan B: If that doesn't work, contact them using the chat feature from your account page on the NYTimes website (available during business hours). They are amazingly responsive and can usually get it straightened out in under five minutes. Don't put it off—it can be fixed.
Your teachers may share a link with you for streaming a film for class. This is a new service we have at Christchurch this year. It basically works like an academic Netflix, except that you can't browse titles, only watch ones that your teachers share links for.
Here are the steps:
Your teacher shares a link to the movie with you.
Open the link
Login with username student and password Seahorse1
Your movie starts playing!
Google credentials aren't linked to the streaming site; use the login name and password sent to you by Mr. Kempe on November 10, 2020.
Q: My teacher assigned me to use something called “Hypothesis” to annotate something. What’s going on?!
A: Relax! Hypothesis is a tool for collaborative online annotation.
So what this means is that your teacher has created an assignment for which they want you to annotate a document online. You've probably done this in the past with printed texts—like a novel you were reading for class, a photocopied primary source document, or an article from a scientific journal. With Hypothesis, you're doing the same thing, only with an online interface. In fact, you've already done something very similar to online annotation if you've ever left comments in a Google Doc.
Q: Okay, I get it, not panicking anymore, but what do I do?
- Open the Hypothesis tool on the assignment page in Canvas.
- A special toolbar should load near the top right of the page. You can pop it out or minimize it using the little arrow. You can also ignore it at first.
- Carefully read the document as a student, thinking and focusing. You know. When you notice something interesting that you'd like to make a comment on, highlight it.
- Once you've highlighted text, you get the option to Annotate or to Highlight. (Highlights are only visible to you, so while that might be helpful to focus your attention, it won't help you complete the assignment.)
- Once you choose the annotate option, the side panel opens up and you can type your annotation. (More on that later...).
- Below your annotation, you'll see an option to Post to [your class], or to make a private annotation ("Only Me").
- You need to click the "Post..." or "Only Me" button to save your annotation.
- You can make private annotations ("Only Me") first, then go back and change them to post to your class if you want.
Q: Okay, that seems kind of cool. Anything else?
A: Actually, yes, you can post pictures as annotations, link to other content, or format your annotation with bold, italics, bullet points, etc.
Q: Do you have any other tips?
A: Yes! Look at the next panel on this page for some examples of what sorts of things you can annotate, and what it looks like.
The head of Hypothesis' education team formerly worked at the Genius website (a/k/a Rap Genius). The idea there was that fans could annotate the lyrics to songs to help explain references that might be hard to understand.
There are two main goals with annotation. (Make sure you understand what your teacher is looking for if they have assigned you to annotate a text.)
- Annotate to explain what something means.
—In this case, you're annotating a line or passage that you think you get, so that others might notice the same thing you do.
- Annotate to ask questions that bring you deeper into the subject.
—In this case, your annotations work by asking interesting questions about a line or passage. Remember that if you have a question about something, chances are others do. Also, you might be helping your teacher because they might think something is obvious (remember we are probably teaching our subjects because we're pretty good at them by now...) when it really isn't so obvious to students. So by pointing out a section of the text that is unclear to you, you might be helping your teacher notice something they need to spend more time on.
Examples of online annotation in action:
1. Start here: Annotation Tips for students on using Hypothesis
these tips are specific to Hypothesis, and a great place to start
these are focused on the Rap Genius website, but they have really great tips on using online annotations in general
this example shows you what annotations specifically on Hypothesis look like, and how they add to the ideas in a piece of writing
Q: My teacher assigned me Soundtrap and what do I do?
A: Click the link they provided, which should bring you to your homepage that will list all your audio projects. (The first time, of course, you won't have any.)
To start a project, either click "Enter studio" (to work by yourself), or "Start a collaboration."
You can then choose to create music or a podcast. If you think you'll need help editing audio, pick Demos and you can load a pre-made project and play around with it.
Q: How do I...
A: They have pretty good support pages. If you want to get started right now, here's the page on using the Studio, the heart of Soundtrap.
Q: Anything else I should know?
A: Soundtrap is amazingly powerful and cool. It comes with gigantic libraries of sound effects and loops. I mean, check this out, and the screenshot doesn't even go past the A's!
A: That's not a question.
A: That's probably all you need to get started. If you need more help, and can't figure it out on your own, you should be able to find it on their site if you poke around. Or, just ask a friend. Most likely one of your friends is good at editing audio or video.
Q: Okay now you did it, that wasn't a question—you just pretended to be answering something.
A: All of this is pretend *gestures broadly at the world*.