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.
The award-winning Novel EffectiPadapp brings stories to life, promotes literacy, sparks imagination, and provides enjoyment for children aged 12 and under. The app follows the voice of users as they read aloud from children’s storybooks, and responds at just the right moment with music, sounds, and character voices.
On June 8, from 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. (ET), children can join educators from the National Gallery of Art and the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art for an enjoyable hands-on Art Tales Live: Online Storytime program.
From Alexander Hamilton to Ida B. Wells, writers and their works have had a huge impact on how people see the world. The American Writers Museum is inviting teachers to submit entries from their students in the museum’s second annual OnWord Student Writing Competition. Students’ work should be based on this prompt: Using writing as a catalyst to create change in the world, would you empower, inspire, or disrupt?