Teacher Review For Scholastic Kids Press Corps

A busy commercial website with stale blog content

Bill G.
Professor/researcher
Kansas State University
Salina, KS
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My Subjects Math, Science, Arts
My Rating 3
Learning Scores
Engagement 2
Pedagogy 3
Support 1
My Students Liked It No
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It No
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Knowledge gain
Teacher-led lessons
Great with General
How I Use It
If I were using this website in my teaching, I would be the one to find and download the articles for the kids. I wouldn't expect kids to feel comfortable on the gigantic Scholastic website, which is what the Scholastic Kids Press Corps is but a part of. It would be better if they separated the content into it's own website. As it is now, it's too easy to get off track and into other parts of Scholastic-world that have nothing to do with the Kids Press Corps.
My Take
"I like the idea of kids interviewing important people and writing for their peers. I disliked the ever-present advertisements. I disliked the confusing navigation. I didn't care for the outdated content. Evidently we are still on the road to the 2012 election. When I found the author interviews, the first one mentioned was with Katherine Paterson because a movie was forthcoming based on her book Bridge to Terabithia. That was in 2007 - six years ago! The articles are written by kids and read like it too. I don't mean to be harsh, but I'm not sure that foisting less than clear writing on young readers who are still learning is the best idea. If you want to go that route, why not just have them visit regular kid blogs and skip the corporate bally-hoo?"