Teacher Review For News-O-Matic for School, 2015-16, Nonfiction Reading

It's an engaging, interactive digital newspaper for elementary school kids.

Mary Ann S.
Media specialist/librarian
Emerson Elementary School
Berkeley, CA
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
My Subjects English Language Arts, Science, Social Studies
My Rating 5
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 4
Support 5
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time More than 15 minutes
Great for Individual
Knowledge gain
Small group
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
ELL
General
How I Use It
I use it currently in the library as a free-reading experience. I am going to be introducing it to 3rd and 4th grade classrooms for small group work. The set-up time came in complications with our school's web filtering system. News-O-Matic provided very helpful and responsive tech support.
My Take
I have been using this tool for 5 months and have been very impressed with their consistently engaging stories, geared for kids ages 7-10. They write about a wide range of topics, drawing kids in with funny stories as well as providing age-appropriate information about tragedies home and abroad.