Press4Kids (P4K), a publisher of daily news applications for young readers, released an interesting new educational app for school students last month, News-O-Matic. Geared toward students in elementary and middle schools (ages 7-11), the app is described as the students’ “first daily newspaper” (with five new stories added each day) and it has a lot going for it. Among other things, it allows students to rate articles, ask questions, and submit drawings that relate to the news stories.
See full press release below. For more on the company behind the app and the app itself, visit www.press4kids.com.
New York, NY, March 12, 2014 — Digital publisher Press4Kids (P4K) is pleased to announce the launch of News-O-Matic, School Edition 2014-15, an educational news app for elementary and middle school students. This groundbreaking app for all Apple mobile devices, covers current events, sports, science, and much more, in an innovative and kid-friendly way, helping young readers experience the news in a safe and interactive manner, and encouraging them to become well-informed global citizens.
A daily news app that includes five news stories, detailed images, videos, illustrations, maps, timelines, and games, News-O-Matic creates a news experience that engages, educates and entertains. And kids can interact with the Editor-in-Chief in the “News Room” section of the app, by rating stories, drawing pictures, asking questions or expressing opinions about current topics.
News-O-Matic also adds value for educators by providing a daily Teacher’s Guide with precise lexile levels and correlations to the CCSS, which includes discussion topics, comprehension questions, and graphic organizers that will further reinforce knowledge across many subject areas. The News-O-Matic Teacher’s Guide will help educators inspire kids to become habitual news readers throughout the school day as part of:
- Morning meetings – (What happened in the world since yesterday?)
- The library experience – (An interactive daily periodical)
- Small reading groups – (Non-fiction reading on current events)
- Themed discussion groups – (Students create presentations from articles they’ve read)
- Writing assignments – (Students write reports showcasing what they’ve learned)
- Curriculum units – (Current Events, Science, Sports, Social Studies, Math, etc.)
The News-O-Matic team is comprised of dedicated journalists and educators led by Editor-in-Chief Russell Kahn, an award-winning author of educational books. Each grade-appropriate and easy-to-understand article is fully aligned with Common Core State Standards and is reviewed by an on-staff child psychologist to ensure that the content is safe for kids.
“In our media-saturated culture, children are inundated with news – but at an adult-level,” commented Lillian Holtzclaw Stern, Press4Kids Co-Founder. “We created News-O-Matic to provide kids with a news resource that they can read and understand and that satisfies their curiosity about the current events throughout in the world.”
News-O-Matic is 100% ad-free and is available through Apple’s VPP. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for pricing details and to arrange a free trial edition.