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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
Get your kids to read daily and actually enjoy it!

News-O-Matic Article of the Week: Happy Mandela Day!

The kids have voted! Here’s one of their favorite News-O-Matic articles from last week!

Happy Mandela Day! (published in News-O-Matic on Thursday, July 18, 2013)
One of the world’s greatest leaders turns 95 years old!

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Nelson Mandela turns 95 years old today, and the world is coming together to celebrate! Mandela, South Africa’s first black president, spent 67 years helping his country. For all his hard work ending apartheid and fighting for equal rights, the United Nations declared July 18 “Mandela Day”!

Mandela Day encourages people to spend 67 minutes serving others, which is a minute for each year of Mandela’s activism.  For example, bike riders in South Africa spent 67 minutes today cleaning the community streets. This morning, people across South Africa held hands for 67 seconds as a promise to make South Africa a better place. And children in Johannesburg, South Africa, created Mandela’s portrait entirely out of cupcakes! The tasty tribute required 15,000 cupcakes!

These events kept the Mandela Day spirit of giving alive. “It’s about doing what you can to make a difference,” said Sello Hatang of the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory to BusinessDay Live.

Mandela has been sick in the hospital for six weeks, but his family hopes he will come home soon. Zondwa, Mandela’s grandson, told Eyewitness News, “Our grandfather is old, but we know that he is a fighter.”

How will you spend Mandela Day to make the world a better place?

By Gilmarie Brioso

 

VOCABULARY

apartheid – system that kept black and white people apart and favored white people

activism – working for change

portrait –image of a person’s face

tribute –gift to show thanks

FACT: Children in South African schools started class on Mandela Day by singing “Happy Birthday” to Nelson Mandela.

ACT: Spend 67 minutes giving back! Read to someone or volunteer at a shelter!

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News-O-Matic Wins Best App for Teaching and Learning Award

News-O-Matic, the Daily Newspaper for Kids, is called an “exceptional value” by The American Association of School Librarians.

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News-O-Matic has been announced as one of the “Best Apps for Teaching & Learning” by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). In its 2013 announcement, the AASL honored News-O-Matic for providing “enhanced learning and curriculum development for school librarians and their teacher collaborators.”

News-O-Matic, an educational news app for children 7 to 11 years old, covers daily current events, including sports, science, and more with an innovative and kid-friendly approach. News-O-Matic transforms the news experience for young readers in a safe and interactive environment, encouraging children to become well-informed global citizens while developing regular reading routines.

According to the AASL, News-O-Matic is being recognized for being able to “foster the qualities of innovation, creativity, active participation, and collaboration” and for encouraging “a community of learners to explore and discover.” It is that sense of exploration and investigation that News-O-Matic aims to achieve with its action-oriented activities and hands-on involvement for the young reader.

The AASL stated that News-O-Matic helps students “develop critical thinking skills, understand point of view, and provide opportunities to read variety of informational text…all features of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).” Further, it describes the app as ideal for “inquiry-based teaching and learning.” Educators can receive daily Teacher Guides, which include correlations to the CCSS, as well as comprehension assessments and topics for discussion.

“This award demonstrates the value of News-O-Matic for educators and students,” said Editor-in-Chief Russell Kahn. He added, “That’s been our team’s focus from Day One — to provide a resource that will be easy to use in the classroom and engaging young readers to explore their world.” The News-O-Matic team combines literacy experts, educators, journalists, and child psychologists to build developmentally appropriate content. The team’s on-staff child psychologist reviews every article before it publishes.

About News-O-Matic 
News-O-Matic is a publication of Press4Kids, Inc. Press4Kids (P4K) publishes daily digital publications for children that seek to explain, analyze, and put into age-appropriate perspective top local, national, and international news stories. P4K’s mission is to report current affairs to a young audience in a true, concise, and educational manner. News-O-Matic is available for the iPad or iPad Mini in the Apple App Store for a free trial.

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The original press release can be found here.

P4K Recommends: Tips for Reading the Newspaper

Some children find newspapers difficult to read. There is just so much going on! Young readers may wonder: Where do I start? What do I read? How do I know what is important? How long will this take? Overwhelmed, kids often put the newspaper down and walk away forever.

Children shouldn’t shy away from current events. Newspapers help kids become informed citizens and lifelong readers. These simple steps will help any child become a newspaper lover!

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Step 1: Skim the Headlines

A headline is the sentence or phrase at the top of an article in a newspaper. It – along with the sub headline – will help kids know a little more about the article.

If a headline intrigues a child, have him or her read the first paragraph or whole article. Make sure they know the story may continue on the inside pages of a printed newspaper.

Step 2: Look at the Pictures

Most articles are accompanied by images. If a child does not understand the headline, have them look at the picture. Photographs tell a story and can give your child many clues to the contents of the article.

Step 3: Pick and Choose

Let children know they do not have to read the entire newspaper! When first reading the newspaper, they can read the stories they find most interesting. As time goes on, you can encourage them to try unfamiliar topics.

Step 4: Ask Questions and Share Ideas

Sometimes a child needs more to feel engaged and stimulated. Ask questions about what they read or share your own thoughts on a news topic.

Step 5: Repeat!

Repeat these steps until your child has read an entire newspaper edition.

These steps are applicable to both print and digital newspapers.

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By Gilmarie Brioso

Learning on the iPad!

There are many different kinds of learners. Each child needs unique tools to help him or her best explore the world! The iPad has proven to be a wonderful tool for elementary aged children precisely because it caters to many different learning styles children possess!

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Though no child is only one kind of learner, there are three key styles: visual, auditory, and kinesthetic.

Visual Learners

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Does your child prefer pictures over words? He or she might be a visual learner.

Visual learners prefer learning and playing with images. These children translate printed words into pictures to create a visual representation of information in their minds. Providing image-rich and artistic activities is the best way to help visual learners understand and remember new ideas!

Clear and vibrant pictures on the iPad best capture the visual learner’s attention. The iPad offers many apps that give children the opportunity to express themselves artistically. Other apps allow children to doodle and sketch right on their notes, which aids in memorization.

Visual learners would love apps like Stitch, Evernote, and Notability!

 

Auditory Learners

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Does your child hum or sing throughout the day? He or she might be an auditory learner.

Auditory learners truly enjoy talking and listening, which is why they learn best through sounds – and songs! Audio features on the iPad cater to this learner’s listening abilities.

iPad apps that allow an auditory learner to record their voice while reading aloud or reciting information can be very helpful. Listening to the playback allows children to make sense of what they’ve learned. These learners also respond well to apps with lots of sounds. They connect the sound to a certain task and better remember it.

Auditory learners would love apps like Garageband and AudioBoo!

 

Kinesthetic Learners

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Does your child like to tap and touch? He or she might be a kinesthetic learner.

Kinesthetic, or sensory, learners benefit from hands-on experiences. Because physical actions trigger their memory, these types of learners absorb knowledge through physical discovery.

Kinesthetic learners benefit from the iPad because they interact directly with the screen. Certain apps require children to hold and change the orientation of the iPad. Interactive and touchable widgets and pop-up features provide children with definitions, fun facts, or images.

Kinesthetic learners would love apps like Clinometer, Evernote Peek, and Geometry Pad!

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The iPad is not only groundbreaking in technology, but groundbreaking in education as well. Whether your little ones are visual, auditory, or kinesthetic learners, the iPad presents fun and engaging learning opportunities for them all.

What is your child’s learning style? Let us know how the iPad has helped your little learner!

 

By Gilmarie Brioso