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TIME Edge: Engaging Nonfiction and Digital Literacy Resource

19 May
Content_timelineStudents need experience navigating digital text and reading nonfiction.  TIME Edge is a web-based platform that is accessible through any browser on any device.  It includes engaging tools and multimedia features to take students deeper into the current events articles.   Aligned to English Language Arts standards for 7th and 8th graders, this is a terrific resource for informational text and Social Studies instruction.
Sign InTIME For Kids is a well-known K-6 classroom resource and TIME Edge extends this to middle school students exploring informational text related to current events.  Articles are written specifically for 7th and 8th grade students, with lower-level reading options for teachers looking to differentiate instruction.  TIME Edge also features Common Core-aligned assessments that highlight where students may need more support.  Teachers will also get access to the TIME Vault with over 90 years of TIME content.
Learn more about TIME Edge by visiting their website!

Use News-O-Matic Current Events App to Combat the Summer Slide

15 May

Newsie_SummerSlide-2If you are a fan of News-O-Matic you’ll be happy to know that their current events app publishes daily news stories every single weekday all summer long.  With their high-interest topics, this app inspires kids to actually want to read the stories.  News-O-Matic delivers new content to the hands of student readers each day during the summer so their tablet will always be full of engaging stories.

When kids return to school at the end of the summer, they can continue reading News-O-Matic in class without having to readjust their routine.  This summer’s news edition will include the latest daily news features on crafts, hot-weather activities, and more ideas to make the most of the season.

Join News-O-Matic for a special webinar on how to prevent summer slide on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM EDT -> sign up for free here!

17 Websites for the Social Studies Classroom

26 Apr

Here’s a recent presentation that I gave on web tools that can be used to teach social studies. It includes some wonderful websites for accessing multimedia and informational text. If you have a favorite missing from this list add a comment to this post or send a tweet to @ClassTechTips!

Visit my Events page to learn about upcoming presentations or email ClassTechTips@gmail.com to schedule a school visit!

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.
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.
Visit News-O-Matic’s website to learn more about this powerful app!

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:


  • 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.

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