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Digital Literacy Platform TIME Edge Free This Month

A new digital literacy platform, TIME Edge offers nonfiction text for middle school digital literacy and English Language Arts lessons. This month, educators can try a free public preview of TIME Edge. 

Common Core-aligned content (text accompanied by audio and video) can be accessed on all browsers and devices. According to a recent press release, TIME Edge also features handy assessments and hints to help striving students in understanding current and historical events.

“For the past 20 years, TIME For Kids’ has brought engaging nonfiction text to elementary school classrooms. Now, answering a strong demand from middle school educators, we are thrilled to offer a comprehensive digital multimedia platform for seventh and eighth grades,” said editor of TIME For Kids’ and TIME Edge Nellie Gonzalez Cutler in a press release. “With the recent success of the TIME For Kids Classroom App, launching TIME Edge was a natural extension to bring age-appropriate current events content, augmented with engaging features and assessments, to middle school classrooms.”

Access to the TIME Vault is also part of TIME Edge, the press release said, and includes 90 years of historical journalistic perspective. Keeping lower reading levels in mind, content varies in difficulty of comprehension, context and depth. With a built-in dictionary, language variations for English language learners and foreign language classes alike, and other multimedia features to enhance students’ cogent experience, TIME Edge is attempting to be a comprehensive digital literacy package for nonfiction middle school texts year round. 

“As more emphasis is being placed on nonfiction literacy across subjects, it’s critical for students to have access to engaging multimedia content focused around information-rich news articles,” executive editor of TIME Edge Suzanne Zimbler said in the release. “With TIME Edge, we’re offering resources to support critical thinking, close reading and argumentative writing, as well as the teaching and learning of current events, science topics and more.”

A free preview of TIME Edge can be found here until July 1. 
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