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.
Cash-strapped teachers know that grants can bring much-needed monies into the classroom to enhance learning experiences and engage students. But teachers often lack the time to prepare and write grant applications. Incorporating the grant application process into your classroom is a viable solution.
Each year we publish blogs and newsletters full of digital learning, funding, professional growth, social media, and STEM resources. Below are items from our blogs and newsletters that educators turned to the most in 2020.
Before the recent inauguration, then Vice-President Elect Pence accused the news media of being biased. As the media and Washington seem to be careening out of control, our students and their families are becoming more confused about navigating news.