Teachers' Choice Award 2015
News-O-Matic is one of those very original apps that brings the full power of mobile devices and iOS to the learning environment. It is first and foremost an application that delivers daily age-appropriate news items to students and children. The articles are well written, but in easy to understand language for children. Each article allows the child to access pictures, sometimes videos and even view on a map the locations being talked about in the article.
Of course more adult themes like war or crime are omitted from the news media. Only age-appropriate news is viewable with the News-O-Matic reader. The app also comes jam-packed with games such as puzzles, an "On this Day in History" quiz and an exploration game. Kids may also draw or paint and label and save these drawings. Comments can be made on the articles, just like on typical news websites.
This app is simply a must for children and their parents. It gathers all relevant world news and condenses it into a perfectly kid-digestible form. It's free to download, weekly, monthly or yearly subscription plans available
Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.