Newsela: reading at everyone’s level

Here is what I have for you today:

NEWSELA!!!

What is Newsela?

At first, it just looks like a news site, with recent articles on current issues.

BUT THEN YOU LOOK CLOSER!

What Newsela does is to change this: (hint: read the title)

newsela1st

To this with a push of a button: (hint 2: read the title again)

newsela2nd

But it doesn’t just do it for the title, it does it for the whole article. (If you didn’t catch it – the user (teacher,student,etc.) changed the lexile level of the title, which increased the complexity of the words used by clicking the blue area on the right of the screen).

BUT THAT’S NOT IT!

  1.       Newsela is free
  2.       There are quizzes already made for many of the articles
  3.       You can create your own classes and assign different articles
  4.       You can annotate it – kids can respond directly on the passage
  5.       You can use the writing prompts they have, and kids can respond directly on the article’s webpage
  6.       You can create your own writing prompts, and kids can respond directly on the article webpage
  7.       Oh, and it’s free
  8.       You don’t need computers to use it with your classrooms
  9.       Only have Ipads or tablets – well it works
  10.   Have tons of kids who have smartphones – it works over the internet!
  11.   Did I mention that Newsela is free?

Don’t trust me?

Check out this youtube video: http://youtu.be/0e7FPS0jsGw (it’s only 4.5 min.)

(don’t have 4.5 minutes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dkkNIicAHmE (1.07 min – but you don’t get to see it)

Ready to look at Newsela?

Click here:  newsela.com

Don’t believe everything you see on Youtube?

Check this out: http://techforteachers.com/?p=805

Or: http://www.oregonteaches.com/2013/11/10/newsela/

Now are you ready to look at Newsela?

Click here:  newsela.com

Want to learn more about setting it up in your classroom?  Here is a Youtube channel dedicated to Newsela: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPWbr_l57rD-WN6913EYcQw

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