Daily Literacy Platform for Educators
Get News-O-Matic for Schools
News-O-Matic is a daily literacy platform for kids 5 to 12, designed to captivate even the most reluctant reader. Every weekday we publish original multimedia articles in three reading levels, on topics from football to government to endangered species. Comprehensive teacher guides are included, making News-O-Matic easy to use. Teachers can sign up for a free pilot or request a quote for News-O-Matic access for a district, school or classroom.
News-O-Matic in the Curriculum
Teachers have used News-O-Matic as part of their ELA, Social Studies, Science, SEL, and current events curricula. With more than 10,000 articles available in our archives — plus five new stories every day — there's a story for every type of lesson. With access across devices, News-O-Matic can be used at home or in the classroom as your daily literacy platform.
How to Use News-O-Matic
News-O-Matic makes current topics fun, appropriate and safe for kids. We deliver new, original content everyday. So you can bring a wide range of topics to your classroom and meet the needs of all your learners with just one daily literacy resource.
Support for Differentiated Instruction
Every student has different learning needs. That's why News-O-Matic articles have multiple reading levels, a "Read to Me" button, and translations from English into Spanish, French, and Arabic. News-O-Matic can be used in any classroom, including special education and ELL.
Teaching the World in Real Time
News-O-Matic lets students safely learn how their world is evolving. At the start of the coronavirus pandemic, our articles guided them with tips and techniques to develop social-emotional well-being.
News-O-Matic is available on the web and across mobile devices. Teachers can set up individual logins for their students to ensure the entire class has access for distance learning.
Teachers have access to a special dashboard to track students' reading progress, change reading levels, and check quizzes to assess comprehension for each article.
Teacher's Guides & Lesson Plans
News-O-Matic provides daily support for teachers with a Teacher's Guide for each edition. The printable worksheets include key vocabulary terms, comprehension questions, reading levels, discussion prompts, and "to-do" activities.
Academics' Choice Award Review
This app also has a teachers' guide that offers comprehension questions, writing prompts and discussion points. And to top it off (for all of you teachers out there) it is all aligned to the Common Core Standards. This has got to be one of the best, if not the best app for anyone who wants their child to learn more about what's going on in the world today. Needless to say, it is a social studies teacher's dream!
Jennifer Yeager, Educator at Black River Middle School
As a special educator, I am constantly looking for sites that will meet the diverse needs of my students as well as the entire school. THIS IS THAT SITE! You can assign different reading levels to your students within the same article, the option to have the article read, and translation in four languages. Students have the option to write or draw their responses to the articles. AND this is finally a website where I can differentiate for my students while still giving them age-appropriate visuals. I AM OBSESSED!
Shelly Fryer, Educator at Casady School
Today I talked to my students about misinformation, and finding news sources that we can trust. I explained that News-O-Matic is a news source that we can trust. Students need to know what is going on in the world, in a way that doesn’t frighten them.
We know it can be hard to inspire a love of reading in your students. That's we created News-O-Matic to provide teachers with a simple, engaging way for kids to learn new topics -- and for teachers to teach and track progress on them.
I first got News-O-Matic about a year ago because my school suggested that we use it. I thought it was just going to be some boring, cheesy app like some of the other apps I got because the school told us to get them. I thought I would delete it at the end of the school year, but then I started to enjoy it, and now I read it every day! I think I will keep reading these articles for a long time. Thank you for making this amazing app!
Today my school got cancelled for the rest of the year and I was really sad. All the things I had been looking forward to and things I worked really hard on got cancelled too. But, these awesome articles have given me something to look forward to! And it makes me really happy that you keep sending out articles even through the pandemic. I even got my sister interested in the articles! Thank you!
Lorelai here! I really think at this app is one of the few that I've fallen in love with (not literally, L0L). 💍 I love how active it is, like, how many apps post EVERY WEEKDAY?! That's what I'd like to know! And there's soooo much you can do! I mean, write to you, draw, read, watch stuff, AND MORE! 😁😁😁 You guys had a killer idea when you came up with this, and I mean that. Love NOM!