Teacher Review For Newsela

Differentiation made easy!

Randall B.
TSS, TIS, Educator, Blogger, & EdTech Consultant
Putnam County Schools, WV
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My Grades Pre-K, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts, World Languages, English Language Learning, Health & Wellness
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
Pedagogy 5
Support 5
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Further application
Knowledge gain
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
Newsela made it very easy to differentiate informational texts for students when working with teachers. All of the students were assigned the same piece to read, but we were able to adjust each student's selection to be tailored closely to their reading level. This allowed our struggling learners, as well as our advanced learners, to receive the same information in a way that best met their needs.
My Take
The interface of Newsela is very easy to use. Teachers can pickup the tool and use it effectively almost immediately. Students are able to sit down and begin to read their selection, tailored to their skill level, and obtain the same information from the text as everyone else in the class reading. Newsela made it so easy to differentiate informational texts for students that it became the go-to tool for myself and several of the teachers that I worked with.