News-O-Matic

Here’s a daily, digital newspaper designed for kids from 7 to 11 years old. Five news stories on topics like current events, science, sports, and world news are featured in each issue. A great way to encourage the news-reading habit.

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App Overview

General Information:

  • Tap the blue information (i) button in the upper-right corner of the home screen to view directions on how to use the app
  • The purple Past Issues tab lets users view previous issues
  • The green Upset by the News? tab suggests some ideas for how to respond when you feel upset by a news event
  • The red Parents tab provides information about the program and its developers

Getting Started:

  1. Register by tapping the purple button located in the bottom-left corner
  2. Tap a news story
  3. Tap highlighted vocabulary words within a story to see the definition and hear the word pronounced
  4. The blue Fact button provides an additional fact related to the article
  5. The blue Act button suggess actions users can take related to ideas in the story
  6. Related videos can be viewed by tapping the blue Play button
  7. Access an interactive map by tapping the Go There globe located in the upper-right corner of the screen
  8. The icons found on the lower-right side of the screen provide feedback options
  9. Play games and complete puzzles by tapping the blue Games icon

 

 

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Instructional Ideas

  • Use the app to make current events part of the daily classroom routine
  • Have individuals or groups post questions, write letters to Russ, or craft illustrations prompted by an article 
Classroom Considerations

  • The first three issues are free
  • Options for weekly, monthly, and yearly subscriptions are offered
  • News-O-Matic, Daily for Schools offers an educational price break
  • Up to five devices can be connected to a single subscription
  • A child psychologist reviews all articles
  • Requires an Internet connection
Pros

  • Front page includes five news stories each day
  • Age-appropriate stories, games, interactive maps, and activities
  • User's questions and drawings may be shared with readers in following issues
  • No external links, advertisements, or social media access
Cons

  • Expensive