Xyza is a news experience made just for elementary and middle school–aged children. Whether reading, watching, responding, or contributing, students get the opportunity to learn about the events that are occurring in the world right now. Xyza’s news stories cover politics, world events, entertainment, sports, arts, culture, science, technology, and more. Youth interested in becoming a news reporter can join the Junior Reporter program. Parents can receive weekly emails with news topics to discuss with their children, and educators can subscribe to Xyza for their classrooms so that students can read the news in class, or on their own and then discuss current and relevant topics in class. Subscription packages are available for Xyza Web, Xyza in Print, or Xyza Combo (Print and Web); teachers can take advantage of a free trial offer. Students can read Xyza on the go using the freeapp designed for iOS mobile devices.
Each month we publish blogs andsnewsletters 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 October.
National Public Radio’sfirst-ever NPR Student Podcast Challenge is a chance for teachers and students in grades 5–12 across the country to turn their classrooms into production studios, their assignments into scripts, and their ideas into sound. To participate in the challenge, students need to produce a podcast of three to twelve minutes in length on their smartphone or computer, with easily available software.
Checkology virtual classroom, created in a partnership between the News LiteracyProject and the Facebook Journalism Project, is an immersive online learning hub where students in grades 6–12 can hone their critical thinking skills to become and stay informed.