Developed by Press4Kids for iOS, Android, and Kindle Fire devices, News-O-Matic provides an exciting and engaging nonfiction experience for children aged 6–12, complete with literacy tools for the classroom. Each edition of this daily newspaper includes five news stories on a wide range of topics. With subjects covering everything from space science and endangered species to football and fashion, the articles are written to engage even the most reluctant readers. Every article has three reading levels for students of different reading abilities, as well as audio and child-friendly definitions of challenging vocabulary. Bilingual students can access full article translations (in Spanish and French), along with audio playback by a native speaker for complete articles. A child psychologist reviews each article to ensure emotionally safe and age-appropriate content. In the case of sensitive news, the psychologist helps to find the right words to explain the information to children. Young readers can react to the news by writing or drawing. The app’s interactive maps and an augmented reality (3D) globe are useful tools for children who want to share their words and art with peers around the world. Children can also write interview questions and talk to authors, scientists, and other experts on topics that interest them. The app is free; contact Press4Kids for school subscription prices.
Back to school may look a little different this year, but one thing hasn’t changed: teachers are still finding innovative ways to improve student learning and they need funding in order to execute their ideas. To help you fund your classroom dreams this year, we’ve compiled a list of funding opportunities for the classroom:
Take control in this new era of learning with a new integrated handwriting program to meet the demands of today’s classroom. Learning Without Tears has taken its proven instructional methods grounded in foundational skills for handwriting and applied them digitally to ensure all learners can gain fluency in handwriting, whether they are learning remotely or in classrooms.
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