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Topico - Share the news

Share and curate news articles on social network with classroom features

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Subjects & Skills

Critical Thinking, Social Studies

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Media Literacy, Social Media

Price: Free
Platforms: Android, iPad, iPhone, Mac

Pros: The intentional design that eliminates comments encourages a focus on exploring different perspectives without the influence of others' opinions.

Cons: Since Newsrooms are user-curated and engagement focuses on recommendations, it's important to address how confirmation bias can influence news consumption and sharing.

Bottom Line: Curated, topic-specific Newsrooms help students focus on topics from various sources on one timeline.

How Can I Teach with This Tool?

Teachers can use Topico to enhance reading, comprehension, and critical thinking skills. This tool easily lends itself to main idea and supporting detail assignments using high-interest articles on current events. Use articles from an array of sources representing the same topic tag to explore how information is presented across news media -- digging into the following questions: What makes a news source trustworthy? Why is the same event or news covered differently by different outlets? Discussion that promotes an analytical look at news media can help students develop their own opinions and become critical consumers of news.

Teachers can also use Topico to engage students in collective inquiry. Create and curate a Newsroom with articles for the class to explore. Invite students to add articles to the class Newsroom as well. Organizing recommended news articles in one space streamlines access and peer recommendations. Newsrooms tracking a specific tag also simplify following a timeline and tracking how information and public opinion evolves. Topico encourages users to engage with each other by recommending articles, keeping the focus on noteworthy news without the "noise" of user comments and personal opinions. More multilingual and accessibility features would help all students use it, and integrations with other platforms would allow for easier classroom use.

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Students can read and share articles from a wide range of sources, track articles on a topic or event of interest, and engage with other users by recommending articles.


Self-directed exploration coupled with a variety of news sources promotes curiosity, perspective, and critical thinking.


Topico Tips explain the social networking app's features plus how to share articles and connect with other users.

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