It's the yin and yang of the election aftermath: civics is suddenly cool, and reports of bullying against minorities are up. Teachers trying to grapple with both issues are running into pushback from parents who want politics left out of the classroom.
How do we teach "empathy"? It’s a fair question, followed up with, “How do we have the time to teach something like ‘empathy’ in our academically rigorous classes?” Often bundled up and pushed aside as non-compulsory “character education”, this sort of work can sometimes seem arbitrary and time-consuming. However, the science shows there is nothing further from the truth. In fact, an empathic school is a smarter school.
Alternatively, programs like Newsela place the power to choose in the hands of students. Rather than an algorithm, Newsela allows students to self-select articles at their reading level from a digital library. Helping students understand their lexile level allows them to make appropriate choices.
A new program launched this week that aims to help students become more empathetic and connect peacefully with people who are different from them. It’s called "A Mile in Our Shoes," and it’s the latest from Newsela, a reading platform that is being used by more than 12 million students and one million teachers in the U.S.
Ed-tech startup Newsela announced this week that it has partnered with Teaching Tolerance (a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center) to provide teachers with text sets that are specifically designed to teach students to open their minds by exposing them to the lifestyles of the diverse groups living in America.
Newsela, a teaching tool that writes current events and prominent news stories into differing reading levels for more than 10 million students across the country, has created a Media Literacy Initiative to help more than 1 million teachers guide students in comprehending stories and navigating media.
There’s a reason the Oxford English Dictionary chose “post-truth” as 2016’s word of the year. From the fake story about Pope Francis endorsing Donald Trump to the “Pizzagate” conspiracy to the vast majority of Breitbart content, fabricated stories racked up millions of views this past year and befuddled Americans in the process.
One of the first things students learn about in social studies class is the pilgrims, and how different people fled to a new land to start new lives. It’s an oversimplified narrative, one that glosses over the unjust consequences in the aftermath of their arrival. Yet the moral of the story rings true for students and adults alike: the country was built on a respect for diversity, tolerance and opportunity.
Jennifer Coogan puts it bluntly: If adults can't be trusted to spot fake news, how can we expect kids to know when they're getting duped?
For fans of nonfiction literacy platform Newsela, here’s a new feature—PRO users (a paid subscription that costs anywhere from $4,000 to $7,000 per school) now have access to real-time updates on assessment data, what students are reading, and the level they’re reading at.
With 12 million registered users and counting, ed-tech startup Newsela is a major vehicle for connecting K-12 students to the news. Each day, classrooms using the platform receive a curated selection of articles from outlets like the Washington Post and The Guardian, edited to multiple reading levels.
Educational technology company Newsela is committed to helping schools nurture media literate students.
Imagine you are nine. You read something in class. You don’t understand it. Do you raise you hand and announce you are lost? Or do you pretend that you’ve got it, and move along?
More than 380,000 students in grades 2 through 12 have voted to elect Hillary Clinton as the next president of the United States.
No one can escape the heated 2016 presidential election, not even elementary school students.
After the second presidential debate aired October 9, reading a recap from just about any news outlet meant getting a refresher on the vulgar recording released two days earlier.
Some may consider news cut and dry, but one entrepreneur wanted it to actually help kids improve their reading skills.
A reading revolution is brewing in American classrooms, and one company is quietly leading the charge. Newsela, a 3-year-old startup that promotes literacy in K-12 education, gives teachers curated news articles to share with their students.
New education tech applications are changing what teachers can do, who they can reach and how much power they take back from a standardized system. Others strive to give teachers a precious gift: time.
When Newsela was created in 2012, the edtech startup aimed to help students master reading at their own pace, specifically with news articles adapted to different reading levels.
Mock-election student voters at schools across the country might expect to find useful information on the presidential candidates’ policy positions on Scholastic’s Election 2016 news site. Instead, Scholastic offers kids preparing to cast a classroom ballot a cheat sheet on Republican Donald Trump’s childhood...
An innovative tool for delivering high-interest, cross-curricular nonfiction texts to students, right at their reading levels.
From the start of the primary season, New York-based Newsela has been encouraging teachers to get kids involved in the presidential election through classroom reading assignments, discussions—and the chance to give voice to their generation’s political views in the online polls the company has set up for each state.
The National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) has officially endorsed Newsela’s 'Students Vote 2016,’ a ninth-month program that engages students in the on-going presidential election every step of the way.
Literacy-focused company Newsela announced today the release of an iOS app that will help students of all reading abilities stay up-to-date with the news through their mobile devices.
This week, Newsela, the edtech company that leverages daily news to help students build their reading comprehension skills, launched an app for iOS devices.
With Newsela PRO, you can analyze student performance on the quizzes that are available for each article. Did we mention that these quizzes are adaptive, changing as the reading level of the articles change? Higher reading level … more challenging quiz. Very cool.
How would you like to be able to give students reading assignments focused on current events that are geared to their reading level? Could you use sets of articles focused on topics in the sciences, social studies, law, health, arts, and other areas, or maybe even regionally-focused content, offered in multiple Lexile Levels so students of any reading level can comprehend them?
Newsela, a company that customizes news articles to build students’ literacy skills, is making a new push into science, in the latest example of providers attempting to meet schools’ demands for standards-aligned content in that subject.
Much has been written—and often lamented—about the supposed effect of Web technology on the Millennial generation. These digital natives care to read only in short snippets, the stereotype goes; they get all their news from their Facebook friends, and rarely subscribe to newspapers, some of their elders complain.
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Newsela in particular takes advantage of the nimbleness and speed of the digital medium, offering students high-interest stories about the issues of the day, from the domestic abuse scandal involving NFL football player Ray Rice to the bungled efforts by the Secret Service to protect President Obama.
Schools or entire school districts are Newsela’s clients. The premium Newsela technology is used district wide in cities from Newark, N.J., to Palm Springs, Calif.
A story on the shutdown of the federal government might be a dry topic, but if the story mentions how thousands of middle schoolers’ field trips to the Smithsonian are on the line, that’s a high-interest hook that will draw them into an important topic.
There are literally thousands of excellent websites available to educators these days, but every so often one comes along that provides something you've quietly wished for all your career. For me, NEWSELA, currently in beta and free, is one of those finds.
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Face it. The news is not written for most of our kids, especially those who are struggling readers or new English learners. I showed Newsela to my ELL and several of my ELA teachers early…
Newsela, a website with hundreds of news articles targeted to schoolchildren, has raised $1.2 million in venture financing. Remember when you were at school, and learning to read or master a…
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