How I Use It
I use this app for both current event groups and individual work sessions. I try to center my theme on the News-2-You topic of the week. I break the students into groups of 2 and give each group an ipad. As a class, we will read first main section (about 7-10 pages) together. My verbal students will read aloud a page and my nonverbal students will push the play button when they want a turn to read. At the end of each page, I will ask different questions to check for understanding. My nonverbal students are able to push on the sentence that has the answer to the question or my struggle readers are able to listen to the sentence with less help from staff. I’ve noticed my students are really engaged with the end of the paper questions since it is now more interactive. They love being able to type out their answers right onto the newspaper (and I love not having to retype the questions into Boardmaker). My favorite part, since I don’t have a Smartboard, is that I can project the newspaper with an Apple TV for the entire class to see.
My students love reading News-2-You in the classroom. It is a newspaper that they can better understand and full of topics which keep my students engaged. The biggest issue was the amount of paper used. Also, I only had a small computer in my room for the nonreaders to crowd around. With this app, News-2-You improved the voices that read the newspaper, added a feature where it will read a single sentence if you tap it instead of the whole page and the end of paper games are interactive! Two aspects of the app I don't like are that it only gives you the regular version of the paper and that you can't split up the sections of the newspaper (there are certain parts I take out depending on my group). I really feel that this app improved the overall learning in my classroom and helped many of my students become more independent when working in a group setting since they didn’t have to ask for help as much.