Tween Tribune,a news site hosted by the Smithsonian Institution, provides K–12 students with articles selected by professional journalists on current events and trending topics. Recent news stories include “This is how much water you waste when you throw away food,” “What would you include in your own little library?” and “The science behind nature’s patterns.” The news stories are organized by grade range (K–4; 5 and 6; 7 and 8; 9–12) with Lexile levels, as well as lesson plans filtered by topic, grade level, and Common Core State Standards. Some articles in each grade range focus specifically on technology—for example, “Would you let a robot operate on you?” and “How does night vision technology work?” Tween Tribune also provides articles in Spanish.
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.