Teacher Review for News-O-Matic for School, 2016-17 Nonfiction Reading

Current Events for kids in a digital format!

Jennifer H.
ITRT - Instructional Technology Resource Teacher
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My Grades Pre-K, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 4
Support 4
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Further application
Homework
Individual
Knowledge gain
Small group
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
General
Low literacy
How I Use It
Students like to select the edition that they want to view and learn about current events in a user-friendly way. All it takes is one click to read an article which can be read aloud through the app. Students enjoy watching a video or slide show and can express their opinions in a poll. Articles have words in bold that can be clicked on to provide better understanding. In order to interact with the editor, save articles, or draw, then a user profile must be created through the app (first name, birthday, reading level and picture). This may be something to consider if there are going to be multiple-users on a device. Overall, News-O-Matic provides a nice current events platform for students.
My Take
Reading about current events comes to life with this interactive app! Students can choose to read articles about events that are taking place in their world. Reading levels for different grade levels can be set for students. The colorful pictures, catchy article titles, and interactive nature of the app make it possible for students to stay up-to-date and become better global citizens.