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.
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.
NewsFeed Defenders,by iCivics and FactCheck.org, is a freemedia literacy game that engages students with the standards of journalism, showing them how to spot a variety of methods behind the viral deceptions they face today. To play the game, students join a fictional social media site focused on news and information, where they meet challenges to level up from guest user to site administrator.
Read to Lead, a free award-winning supplemental reading program from Classroom, Inc., is designed to increase literacy, leadership, and 21st-century skills. This research-based program embeds social–emotional learning throughout its modules by developing students’ decision-making, empathy, and goal-setting abilities, all while increasing their reading skills.