Tag Archives: current events

News-O-Matic Site License for Schools

8 Mar
Screen Shot 2015-03-06 at 4.51.15 PM This year I’ve highlighted some of the reasons that I love News-O-Matic as a source of quality informational text for students.  This app is available on multiple platforms including iPads, Android tablets, and the Kindle Fire.  News-O-Matic‘s content can be accessed by teacher and student subscribers on all of their devices at no extra cost – this includes both school and personal devices.
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Students can now use their school login at home during out of school hours, including holidays and vacations.  screen480x480-1Teachers can give personalized assignments or homework straight from the app.  If you’re interested in learning more about News-O-Matic you can receive a licenses quote right by clicking this link.  If you use the code classtechtips this month you’ll receive 20% off.
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Visit News-O-Matic’s website to learn more about this powerful app!
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7 Ways to Use News-O-Matic in Your Classroom

24 Feb

Screen Shot 2015-02-20 at 4.47.48 PMI’ve shared some of the reasons why I think News-O-Matic is a great choice for integrating informational text into your everyday instruction.  Not only is nonfiction reading an important skill, but students can learn how to become informed citizens by interacting with news stories on a daily basis.  News-O-Matic has developed a list of different ways to use this tool in the classroom, check out their top seven:

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  • At Morning Meetings: Start the day by discussing a news story.
  • Independent Reading: Differentiate reading by assigning different levels to students.
  • Geography Enrichment: Discuss where each daily story takes place.
  • Small Group / Shared Reading: Assign roles as students explore each news story in partners or small groups.
  • Vocabulary Development: Have students identify new words in context as they read.
  • Week in Review: Ask students to evaluate which articles from the week are most relevant.
  • News Selection Process: Give students the chance to make a case for why certain news stories should be included in each day’s issue.

Learn more about News-O-Matic by visiting their website!

TIME For Kids Classroom App for Interactive Current Events

14 Dec

Screen Shot 2014-12-04 at 1.33.35 PMYou may know TIME For Kids from their classroom magazine and now their Classroom App makes it easy to view this content on a tablet.  Their app for iPads can help students build digital literacy skills while learning about current events and reading high quality informational text.  Students can access multimedia including video, photos, maps, and other interactive features.

Screen Shot 2014-12-04 at 1.33.25 PMWith The TIME For Kids Classroom app educators have access to reporting and lesson plan tools and can accommodate different reading levels.  Select content is translated into Spanish and there is also a read-aloud feature.  Students can access definitions of keywords throughout the text.

The TIME For Kids Classroom app has a free trial through 12/31 so teachers can check it out before signing up for the subscription service!

Differentiated Reading Instruction with News-O-Matic

6 Dec

IMG_0041Last month I shared some of the great features from News-O-Matic‘s new update and there is one more you are sure to love.  Teachers using this app can choose between different reading levels for students.  Each article is adapted by News-O-Matic’s editorial team to fit three reading levels (400L-600L, 600L-750L and 750-1050L).  These categories are connected to ranges of Lexile levels – a readability measure that helps measure text complexity. Teachers can assign different reading levels to each student in their class so they automatically receive news articles on their tablet that are the right level for them.

IMG_0042This new feature makes it simple to differentiate reading instruction in your classroom with a few taps of your screen.  There is also a Read-to-Me option that directly connects with each reading level.  So each article has been recorded three times, once for each reading level.  Students can listen to the article read aloud at their individual reading level.

Enter to win a full free year of News-O-Matic promotion by tweeting: “Hey @ClassTechTips! I want to try out @News_O_Matic in my classroom because ___________”   

*make sure to follow @ClassTechTips to enter – a winner will be announced on 12/15/14

Built-in Reading Assessments from News-O-Matic

22 Nov

IMG_1018Informational text is so important in the elementary school classroom.  Students should have opportunities to read high quality, interesting articles, and News-O-Matic lets them do this straight from their tablet.  In addition to providing access for students, News-O-Matic gives teachers easy options for assessing student reading comprehension.  

Every article on News-O-Matic includes multiple choice questions aligned to the Common Core Standards.  Teachers can assign questions to students and even add their own open ended custom questions for students to answer.  News-O-Matic’s teacher login makes it easy for educators to monitor their students’ progress by taking a quick look at the dashboard.

IMG_1014Check out News-O-Matic’s website to learn more about how to use this fantastic app in your classroom!

Enter to win a full free year of News-O-Matic promotion by tweeting: “Hey @ClassTechTips! I want to try out @News_O_Matic in my classroom because ___________”

*make sure to follow @ClassTechTips to enter – a winner will be announced on 12/15/14

 

10 Totally Terrific Current Events Resources

17 Nov

10I love using current events with students as a high interest informational text.  There are tons of video and print news stories that can be accessed from terrific websites and iPad apps.  Here are a few of my favorites, add your picks in the comments section below!

  1. News-O-Matic
  2. Scholastic News
  3. Newsela
  4. Smithsonian Tween Tribune
  5. The Wilson Center
  6. NBC Nightly News
  7. TED
  8. Watchup
  9. NPR
  10. USA Today

News-O-Matic is Now Bilingual

15 Nov

ipad-smph-Su8XLANews-O-Matic is an app I absolutely love!  It is fantastic for placing current events in the hands of your students and makes reading the news an engaging and exciting experience for children.  News-O-Matic provides daily news stories for students and now they offer each one of their five articles in both English and Spanish every day.  This translation is done by a native Spanish-speaking translator and there is even the option to listen to each article read aloud in Spanish.  

ipad-smph-QYZiqKStudents in a bilingual classroom and Spanish speaking children who are struggling to read English will absolutely love this new feature.  It’s a powerful option for students learning English and students who are learning Spanish. As the very first bilingual news app for children it is a wonderful option for classrooms where students have a variety of needs.  News-O-Matic is available on the Apple App Store, Google Play Store and Amazon Appstore.

Enter to win a full free year of News-O-Matic promotion by tweeting: “Hey @ClassTechTips! I want to try out @News_O_Matic in my classroom because ___________”   

*make sure to follow @ClassTechTips to enter – a winner will be announced on 12/15/14

 

 

 

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