Review by Patricia Monticello Kievlan, Common Sense Education | Updated June 2014
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The New York Times

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Easy access to news, but most content is available only to subscribers

Subjects & skills
  • English Language Arts
  • Social Studies

  • Critical Thinking
Grades This grade range is based on learning appropriateness and doesn't take into account privacy. It's determined by Common Sense Education, not the product's publisher.
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Pros: Offers a convenient way to access the day's news, with or without an Internet connection.

Cons: Most content is locked behind a paywall.

Bottom Line: Provides an easy-to-use news resource, but only section front pages are accessible without a subscription.

Teachers might encourage students to use this app to make reading the news and keeping up with current events a daily habit. They might also require users to use email or social media to share and comment on articles they've read. In addition, teachers could encourage students to use the search feature to explore, compare, and contrast stories on a particular topic or event. 

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The New York Times (along with a paid subscription) offers full offline and online access to the newspaper's daily content. Users can also elect to receive push notifications; the pop-up, breaking-news notices can be dismissed or followed to the full breaking-news article. Browsing articles is easy: Users swipe to view the next article in a category, and links to related stories follow. Section front pages feature ads and images, while inside articles are presented in black-on-white text in an easily readable and adjustable size and font. Users can adjust which news sections they download, and toggle between U.S. and international versions of the front page. A feature named In Case You Missed It calls attention to articles the user overlooked that seem related to previously viewed articles. The NYT paywall is in effect: The 10-article limit applies, and users without subscriptions can only browse section front pages.

This is an excellent tool for exploring and sharing news content. The only barrier to access is the paywall: With a subscription, the NYT app offers users valuable access to one of world's leading news sources. If every student has access to every article, this would be a useful tool for teachers to encourage broad reading on a wide range of subjects. 

Overall Rating

Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return?

Each section's front page is attractive and intuitive to browse, and swiping through the day's news is effortless.

Pedagogy Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer?

Quality and presentation of content makes the app especially conducive to deep learning, although there's no guarantee users will linger long enough to learn deeply.

Support Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students?

Articles are easy to navigate, and the reading view is quickly adjustable for easy reading.

Common Sense Reviewer
Patricia Monticello Kievlan Foundation/nonprofit member

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Aaron S. , Classroom teacher
Classroom teacher
Capital High School
Olympia, United States
Access to outstanding resources for IB Language and Literature
The only problem with this application is the cost; some departments might not have the spare money for subscriptions to the app for all students. However, Educators should check to see if there is money available for subscriptions from technology funding. I selected and provided some resources to students from the application, and then they used their limited free access to find and print their own articles. I especially recommend the "Reader Center" to any teachers dealing with journalistic ethics, ...
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