Tag Archives: current events


News-O-Matic Now Available for Computers & Chromebooks

This month I’ve visited a handful of elementary schools looking to use iPads and Chromebooks effectively in English Language Arts instruction.  News-O-Matic has been one of my favorite iPad apps to share with elementary school teachers.  I’m excited to announce that News-O-Matic is now available on web browsers, making it perfect for Chromebook and laptop classrooms.  … Students can now access NOM whether they use the app or open up… Read Article →

TIME Edge: Engaging Nonfiction and Digital Literacy Resource

Students 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. ……. TIME For Kids is a well-known K-6… Read Article →

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

If 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… Read Article →

17 Websites for the Social Studies Classroom

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

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… Read Article →

7 Ways to Use News-O-Matic in Your Classroom

I’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… Read Article →

TIME For Kids Classroom App for Interactive Current Events

You 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. With The TIME For Kids Classroom app educators have access to reporting and… Read Article →

Differentiated Reading Instruction with News-O-Matic

Last 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… Read Article →

Built-in Reading Assessments from News-O-Matic

Informational 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… Read Article →

10 Totally Terrific Current Events Resources

I 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! News-O-Matic Scholastic News Newsela Smithsonian Tween Tribune The Wilson Center NBC Nightly News TED Watchup NPR USA Today