The BEST Educational News/Current Event Apps - All kids need and want to know about current events, adult news shows, and sites are often inappropriate for a young audience for a multiple of reasons. The apps and site here offer stories of interest to kids and are curated exclusively for students. This list contains kid-friendly NEWS to help find out what's happening in the world around us, whether at home or in a school setting.
BrainPOP Featured Movie (geared for 3rd Graders and up) is a tried and true favorite of Teachers With Apps! It's perfect for providing prior knowledge on topics in the news and beyond. There are fresh videos added often on a plethora of topics - everything from famous figures, world history, and science to curricular subjects. This app features an informative, amusing, animated movie every day and is accompanied by an interactive quiz that keeps your score. In addition, this app has an option, for “More BrainPOP”, which is a sampling of movies from BrainPOP’s various curriculum areas, available every day on their website. If you like what you see in the app, you may consider subscribing to their website. BrainPOP Featured Movie is simple, clean, and great fun for the whole family. It offers wonderful opportunities for family discussions. This app comes HIGHLY RECOMMENDED by TeachersWithApps and don’t hesitate to try it with younger children. This app is exactly what kids need.
Barefoot World Atlas, by Touch Press, transformed its World Atlas into a phenomenal learning tool! Teachers With Apps originally wrote in our review how we learned that this interactive atlas is the result of a yearlong partnership between award-winning children’s publisher Barefoot Books and Touch Press. Teachers and parents of younger learners needing a more interactive hands-on way to explore and absorb important knowledge about the world around them will find everything they need with this one app. Barefoot World Atlas is a brilliant creation. It’s an information-rich resource for the iPad that engages learners of all ages and makes sure that you are immersed in the culture of every area you visit, as well as all the senses. What’s new, the addition of lots of expansion packs with more in the pipeline. The bottom line…. Barefoot Atlas needs to be on every iPad that is used by children!
Web-based Newsela | Nonfiction Literacy and Current Events is another great resource for students to garner child-centered news. They cover science, money, law, health, the arts, kids, and have a section called war & peace. This site is a wonderful resource for teachers and students, best part – you can adjust reading lexile levels to differentiate the difficulty of text complexity instantly. Parents and Educators don’t miss this one! Newsela builds close reading and critical thinking skills. Give your students a new way to climb the staircase of nonfiction reading comprehension, from fourth grade to college-ready. Newsela automatically gives each student the version of an article that's just right for his or her reading ability. And an easier or harder version of each article is just a click away.