Newsela is an online news-as-literacy platform (and Chrome app) that features current, high-interest articles on everything from current events to myths and legends and from literature to science. Content is updated daily, with stories from a wide range of sources (from the Associated Press to Scientific American to the Washington Post) in both English and Spanish. On top of this, all articles are Common Core-aligned and available in five Lexile levels, ranging (roughly) from third to 12th grade. Each leveled text features a quiz tailored to that particular article plus a writing prompt that asks students to write and respond to what they’ve read — some articles also include vocabulary words.
Newsela’s resources are free to students; all the site’s articles and quizzes, as well as the annotation tool, are available for open online use. For teachers, the paid Pro subscription offers the site’s most useful options. These include a dashboard to manage students’ assignments and view both individual and class results, tracking progress toward meeting the related Common Core State Standards. Additionally, the Pro subscription, tuned ot the needs of schools and districts, adds greater transparency, tracking, and customization. The pricing for the Pro version isn’t available though, so contact Newsela for a quote. – Common Sense Media
Earn Your Stripe
- Describe in the textbox how you used this to increase student learning.
- This tool allows students to use and troubleshoot new technologies to demonstrate their learning
- This tool allows for crowdsourcing knowledge and curation.
- This tool allows students to explore different points of view on various topics.
- This tool allows students to create visuals.
- This tool allows students to demonstrate an understanding of and respect for the rights and obligations of using and sharing intellectual property when using images from the web
- The teacher assigns an article for students to read
- Students search and access a variety of articles for their own personal interests or for research
Alignment to the ISTE Standards and to SAMR is intended to help teachers understand the roles these technologies have in creating learning experiences. They are not meant to be concrete classifiers. Any other suggestions on the alignment of these may be forwarded to the Instructional Tech Dept. ISTE Standards for Students, ©2016, ISTE® (International Society for Technology in Education), iste.org. All rights reserved.
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