What is it? A news aggregator that delivers full-article content to tablets and smartphones whether or not they’re connected to the Internet.
How does it work? Press Reader’s proprietary technology allows schools to set up library hot zones to which students connect via their mobile devices. The company delivers over 2,300 newspapers and magazines from 100 countries in 58 languages through PCs, Macs, smartphones, e-Readers and tablets.
How hard is it to use? Not hard at all. Once set up, students and faculty merely log into the service and begin browsing titles. Once they’ve selected a periodical, they can begin reading it instantly.
How well does it work? Fairly well. The service’s key feature is its SmartFlow presentation of materials. SmartFlow goes beyond the traditional replica newspaper presentation by displaying articles as a continuous, horizontal stream of stories that flow across the iPad or Android tablet. Visual cues indicate the relative importance of individual stories, and SmartFlow displays related content that might otherwise be missed.
How do I use it in the classroom? If your students need access to current events and other topical information, Press Reader is certainly worth a look.
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Article by Jason Tomaszewski, EducationWorld Associate Editor
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