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July 24, 2014
A simple and interactive source for current news tailored to student preferences.
Paper.li is a great news-source tool for both reluctant readers and advanced students. Because content can be chosen based on student interest, Paper.li does deliver engaging stories and videos. However, it is important to note that even though high-interest content is delivered based on student preference, struggling readers may find some content to be challenging due to higher lexile levels. Paper.li is easy to set up, but is slightly more difficult to modify once published. Also, Paper.li delivers content based on priority, so to ensure students get a mix of resources, news source providers may need to be reordered to give more variety. For example, I found that I was getting too much content from the Wired RSS feed, than say, NYTimes due to the placement of the providers in the content setup. Overall, the free edition works well, is integrated with social media, and allows for student choice, but has some drawbacks such as content caps of 25 news feeds (though this seems to be enough for high school users) and advertisements.Continue reading