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iPad App Review: News-O-Matic

App Name: News-O-Matic

Cost: Free (subscription prices vary)

What does it promise?  News-O-Matic is a fun and interactive daily digital newspaper for kids.

new o maticDoes it deliver? News-O-Matic covers relevant news of the day in an engaging way, exploring its many facets through images, maps, videos and games. Articles are written by a staff of professional children’s writers, many of whom are teachers. The stories are also reviewed by a child psychologist to ensure emotionally safe content.

Another nice feature is that News-O-Matic is completely ad-free.

The digital newspaper arrives daily, and each issue features:

  • Five dynamic news articles
  • A meter to rate each article
  • Detailed images, videos and illustrations
  • Maps showing the precise location of every story
  • An interactive history-based timeline
  • A newsroom, where readers can draw or ask questions about the news
  • Puzzles, games, fun facts and more.

Can I use it in my classroom?  Designed for students as young as kindergarteners, News-O-Matic is a nice way to introduce topical events and world news in the classroom.

All apps can be found in the iPad apps store under education.

Related resources

Explore the use of the iPad App Store in the classroom.
See additional EducationWorld reviews of iPad apps.
See other product reviews in our Tech in the Classroom archive.

Article by Jason Tomaszewski, EducationWorld Associate Editor
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