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Noteworthy News Apps and Sites

Students can get different perspectives on key current events with this terrific collection of news apps and sites. Reading levels are dialed down but not dumbed down, and you'll see a host of topics that kids will naturally gravitate toward.

1.
TweenTribune URL: http://www.tweentribune.com
Trustworthy tween news site has cool classroom component
Grades K-12
Type Website
Price Free
Learning Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
2.
News-O-Matic, School Edition, 2014-15 Publisher: Press4Kids
Excellent, interactive daily stories for kids ages 7-10
Grades 1-4
Type App
Price $9.99
Platforms Android, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Learning Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
3.
National Geographic Kids URL: http://kids.nationalgeographic.com
Stunning photos and in-depth stories of Earth's peoples and wildlife
Grades 1-6
Type Website
Price Free - $5.95/month
Learning Rating 5
Teacher Rating 4
4.
News-2-You Publisher: AssistiveWare
Draw kids into weekly news with powerful symbols and voice narration
Grades 2-6
Type App
Price Free (in - app purchases)
Platforms iPad
Learning Rating 4
Teacher Rating 5
5.
Science News for Kids URL: http://www.sciencenewsforkids.org/
Cool STEM articles make for fun, informative reading
Grades 3-8
Type Website
Price Free
Learning Rating 3
Teacher Rating 3
6.
CNN Student News URL: http://www.cnn.com/studentnews/
Digestible and engaging news coverage for kids
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price Free
Learning Rating 3
Teacher Rating 4
7.
Newseum URL: http://www.newseum.org
Media museum's site mixes history and civics, teaches about journalism
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price Free
Learning Rating 3
Teacher Rating 3
8.
Youth Radio URL: http://www.youthradio.org
A stellar take on the news from diverse kid journalists
Grades 6-12
Type Website
Price Free
Learning Rating 4
Teacher Rating 4
9.
The Learning Network URL: http://www.nytimes.com/learning
Process current events through engaging NYT-style lens
Grades 7-12
Type Website
Price Free
Learning Rating 4
Teacher Rating 3
10.
PBS Newshour Extra URL: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/extra
Accessible, interactive site for news that piques teens' interest
Grades 7-12
Type Website
Price Free
Learning Rating 3
Teacher Rating 5
11.
Your Commonwealth URL: http://www.yourcommonwealth.org
Engage with passionate international perspectives from youth
Grades 7-12
Type Website
Price Free
Learning Rating 4
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated
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HuffPost Teen URL: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/teen/
News for teens by teens is relevant but non-interactive
Grades 9-12
Type Website
Price Free
Learning Rating 3
Teacher Rating Not Yet Rated