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The News-O-Matic Impact: Experiencing the World

 

News-O-Matic celebrates its 1,000th edition on Friday, August 26. In order to celebrate, a group of teachers, parents, media experts, and kids contributed essays to describe the impact of News-O-Matic in their world.

Shelly Fryer is an elementary school teacher in Oklahoma.

Shelly Fryer (second from left) and Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin (second from right)

Shelly Fryer (second from left) and Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin (second from right)


 

Here’s what she had to say.

I have been using News-O-Matic with my 3rd and 4th grade students for two years. One of my goals as a teacher is to have my students experience the world beyond the walls of our classroom in a way that is interesting for them yet, exposes them to “real” issues. I want students to know that they matter and be able to connect with the stories that they are reading. The news section “Real Jobs” has given my class many opportunities to see jobs that people can do and allow the students to ask questions and be curious.

It even inspired several of our students to interview Governor Fallin when she came to visit our classroom and find out more about what it was like being the Governor of Oklahoma.

One of the ways that I use News-O-Matic in the classroom is to have them read and respond. Students read the articles that interest them and then respond by writing to “Russ” or drawing a picture of what inspires them. It is important for students to be able to connect in a real way and be able to have a voice by responding to what they read. Also, the connected videos and pictures allow students to see and experience the news in a way that makes sense to them.

As a teacher I appreciate that News-O-Matic is sensitive to the things that may be upsetting in the news, and use a Child Psychologist to make sure that the students are informed but not frightened by the current news. Students want to know about what is going on in the world, but it is also very important that they know that they are safe.

News-O-Matic has made a real difference in my classroom. Having current and engaging content which encourages students to “experience” the world around them and then have the ability to respond in a real way allows students to feel like they matter, and that their views and opinions are heard.

Students at Oklahoma's Positive Tomorrows speak with Governor Fallin

Students at Oklahoma’s Positive Tomorrows speak with Governor Fallin

Can we accept that only 37% of high school students read at proficiency level?

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The latest results from the 2015 Nation’s Report Card were just released. They show that only 37% of high school students read at proficiency level, and more than 25% read below basic level…

We cannot accept this. We all know that the best way to increase kids’ reading level is to start as early as elementary school. There is a huge need to develop the love of reading and engage kids with reading. They just need to be offered the right content in the right format.

This once again reinforces the importance and the urgency of our mission here at News-O-Matic. News-O-Matic plays a major role in mitigating this situation early on by providing the most engaging daily news experience for a young audience. Already 200,000 kids read News-O-Matic every month.

About 18,700 students took the reading test organized by the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).

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People in Paris show support to the newspaper

How to explain the tragedy in Paris to kids

I’d like to take a minute to explain why — and how — News-O-Matic made the choice today to cover the recent event in Paris, France. We did not cover the initial attack on the Charlie Hebdo in Wednesday’s edition. At the time, the news was focused on the killers and the ensuing manhunt. “It’s scary,” our child psychologist, Dr. Ohr, said. But what followed was too important to ignore — the outpouring of support for free speech.

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How to Fight Summer Slide

School’s almost out! As days get longer, children all around the country are eagerly waiting for the summer break to come. But did you know that on average, American children lose one month of their math and reading skills during the summer?

Make sure your children read this summer, or they could lose grade-level equivalency.

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Reading aloud is important. That’s why News-O-Matic articles now include a read-aloud feature!

Kids need to be read to!Reading aloud is “the single most important activity for building the knowledge required for eventual success in reading,” according to the landmark 1985 report, “Becoming a Nation of Readers.” It’s been scientifically proven: Reading aloud to kids motivates them to read on their own, promotes language and literacy development, and develops critical thinking.

Reading aloud is a source of motivation.

Providing children with engaging reading content is only part of the job. While some children are able to read autonomously, others have motivation issues — even with great reading resources. Having someone (even a “virtual” voice) read to them can help students focus more fully in their reading experience. The experience mobilizes both the child’s sight and sense of hearing.

Reading aloud enriches the reading experience.

Reading words does not mean that students can recognize them in a discussion. Have you ever thought you knew how a certain word was pronounced only to realize years later that you’ve been mispronouncing it? One purpose of reading aloud is to build children’s awareness of the phonological structure of spoken words. In other words, it helps them learn how words are correctly pronounced.

Reading aloud is not reserved for Kindergarteners

Jim Trelease, the author of the “read aloud Bible” Read-Aloud Handbook, explains an interesting concept: Children listen on a different level than they read! “A child’s reading level doesn’t catch up to his listening level until eighth grade,” Trelease told GreatSchools.net. “You can and should be reading seventh-grade books to fifth-grade kids. They’ll get excited about the plot, which is motivation to keep reading. A fifth-grader can enjoy a more complicated plot than she can read herself, and reading aloud is really going to hook her.”

News-O-Matic, Daily Reading for Kids, now includes a Read Aloud feature in its articles.  

A brand new feature for News-O-Matic

 

It’s been on our mind since the launch of the app. After some research, it became clear that our readers would benefit from this feature. Some of them need to be read to — to help them better understand the information in the articles. Some just enjoy to be read to — to enrich their experience of the news. Adding this feature to our app aligned with our goal of creating an engaging reading experience for kids that would benefit their literacy skills.

This new feature also makes the news available to many additional children, such as English Language Learners (ELL) or children with special needs, reading disorders, or sight impairment. We believe all children should have access to safe, fun daily news. The read aloud feature is one way we can achieve part of this goal. That’s why we created it.        

 Alice Bouis – Marketing Manager- News-O-Matic, The Daily Newspaper Just For Kids

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Why is nonfction reading important for kids?

Why is nonfiction reading important for kids?

On average, kids today spend less than 4 minutes a day reading nonfiction1. Yes, 4 minutes. What can you actually read in 4 little minutes? How much can you truly understand and feel comfortable talking about later?

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Tablets are on the top of American families’ Holiday gift lists. It’s time to think about what to put on them.

The stats are out, and they are stunning: 54% of parents plan to spend money on tech gifts for their kids for the holiday season, according to a November 2013 PBS Kids and ORCInternational survey. 28% of them will purchase a tablet, compared to only 18% who will buy a videogame console.

Tablets are the most wanted gift by kids for the Holidays

Tablets are the most wanted gift by kids for the Holiday

Tablets have become, within a few years, the most wanted gift by kids in America. While they were once considered a grownup product, our little ones quickly understood the potential of these devices — and so did their designers. But if it might seem simple to purchase a tablet for your kid — putting aside the expense, of course — filling it with content can be quite a challenge. There are all sorts of kid apps out there; which ones are appropriate?

It's important to be with you child when it comes to choosing apps! It's the best way to make sure that you get both educational and entertaining content for them.

It’s important to be with your children when you choose apps! It’s the best way to make sure that you get them both interesting and fun content.

While choosing apps for your kid, you might want to look for those that combine educational and entertaining content. While we all understand the point of educational apps, it’s important to pick applications that will make learning engaging and fun. Otherwise, your child won’t use them. That’s why it’s helpful to download apps that you can test before spending your money. A lot of apps seem terrific from their App Store descriptions, when their features are actually limited.

Be careful to purchase apps that are completely safe for your children. Advertising, external links, or unwanted pop-ups present a risk for inappropriate content and an unsafe experience for your child.

A good app can have positive effects on your children, including an increased vocabulary and a spark in their creativity. But a bad app can have damaging consequences, such as exposing your children to harmful or simply useless content.

By Alice Bouis – Marketing Manager
News-O-Matic, The Daily News App For Kids
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