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3 Reasons to Check Out News-O-Matic this School Year

October 4, 2016

An understanding of current events is essential for students of all ages. As you work to bring news stories to life for elementary school students you’ll want to check out News-O-Matic. I shared this tool and it’s bilingual content earlier this year (News-O-Matic). This tool puts easily it puts high-quality, kid-friendly content in the hands of students.

Children need to understand how to navigate informational text. Learning new vocabulary words in context, and exploring real life stories from around the world are all part of that process. News-O-Matic gives kids access to five brand new current events articles each weekday. Kids can open it up on their iPad, Chromebook or web-browser, to read and answer comprehension questions from just about anywhere.

Reasons to Check Out News-O-Matic

News-O-Matic offers real-time updates on the 2016 presidential election, including not only the election but the debates, polls, and more. This is a great opportunity to introduce students to this election. If you are hosting a mock election in your school then the articles you share with students can provide background knowledge for class discussions.
In November, American sailor Rich Wilson will race around the world — by himself and without stopping — in a wild competition called the Vendee Globe. He will also give daily updates from his adventures on News-O-Matic and a reader even designed his flag!
News-O-Matic is in the process of revamping its teacher dashboard, complete with dozens of new improvements. The ideas for the changes came from thousands of educators. They shared their thoughts about using this platform with their students.
Visit their website to learn more about their articles for students and tools for teachers! Do you have another reason to use current events in your instruction this school year? Share in the comments below!

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Dr. Monica Burns is a former classroom teacher, Author, Speaker, and Curriculum & EdTech Consultant. Visit her site for more ideas on how to become a tech-savvy teacher.

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