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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.


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.


The original press release can be found here.

News-O-Matic Article of the Week: Push Across America! [Exclusive!]

Push Across America! [Exclusive!]

Ryan Chalmers completes his inspiring trip across the United States.

Ryan Chalmers

Ryan Chalmers has used a wheelchair for his whole life. But that never stopped him from living an active life. He has played basketball, completed marathons, and learned to scuba dive. On April 6, he began a journey that no one has ever done before. He started to cross the United States in a wheelchair! And today, June 15, he made it all the way to New York City!

Starting in Los Angeles, Chalmers and his team have climbed mountains and pushed through deserts in order to arrive in New York. Along the way, Ryan (RC) stopped to talk to News-O-Matic (NOM) about his quest.


NOM: What was the hardest part of the trip?

RC: The hardest day was when we were pushing into the Death Valley desert in California.


NOM: What have been some of the most beautiful places of America that you have seen so far?

RC: I have found all the locations to be incredible, with each state offering something different. The beautiful Valley of Fire in Nevada is something I will never forget.


NOM: How did you build the strength to push so far each day?

RC: I have succeeded in part due to incredible coaching and my athletic trainer. What keeps me going is my love of wheelchair racing and my desire, passion, and commitment to Stay‐Focused.


NOM: What do you want to accomplish?

RC: 1) Raise awareness for the potential of all persons with disabilities, showing people we can accomplish anything we set our minds to. 2) Raise awareness for Stay-Focused, a group that enables teens and young adults with disabilities to scuba dive.


NOM: What would you say to someone who says you couldn’t do something?

RC: I wouldn’t find it necessary to respond at all. I would simply go out and prove them wrong.


By Russell Kahn



quest: adventure; journey

incredible: amazing; beautiful

commitment: promise; vow


Fact: To complete his journey, Ryan Chalmers passed through 14 states. He traveled about 55–60 miles per day.

Act: Follow Chalmers’ advice: “Never give up. Find what you are passionate about and what you love to do, set a goal for yourself, and go out and achieve it.”


Fun Fact: New York City recently created a program that lets people in wheelchairs ride taxis anywhere in the city!