Digital Teaching and Learning

Fluent News

A made-for-mobile version of a newspaper of top news sources (CNN, BBC, ESPN, CBS, etc.) put together into a customizeable mobile newspaper. You can save articles of interest and search the internet for news on a particular topic. You can also search by newspaper section (Travel, World, Sports…) and promote one news source while disabling another.

  • Cost: free or premium access for $1.99 a month or $2.99 for 3 months
  • Skills Taught: Research/Current events
  • Offline functionality: 90%
  • Accessibility Issues: This app was used with the various Accessibility features of the iPad turned on. The following issues/concerns or attributes of these features were found: Voice Over: The voice over works nicely with this app. This app consists of current event articles in several sections. Users can tap on one article synopsis at a time to have it read to them. Also, when viewing the full article, the voice over reads the article to the student in sections as selected by the student. Zoom: A nice feature used to increase the font size. Layout: Although there is a lot of text on a page and the user is required to scroll down to view all of the article synopsis, the layout is nice, divided into sections, and easy to follow.
  • Student Protection issues: Articles come from various news sources, so some content or news topics may not be appropriate for student use. Infrequent/mild alcohol, drug use, or tobacco references and/or infrequent/mild mature themes. Premium Access can be purchased for $1.99 a month or $2.99 for 3 months, which allows unlimited custom sections and unlimited filtering. It also supresses ads from the section article lists.
  • Keywords: News, fluent news
  • Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. Requires iOS 3.0 or later.
  • Type: resource recommendation
  • Device(s): iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch
  • Subject Area: Language Arts, Science, Social Studies, Health, Reading
  • Category: Reference
  • Grade Level: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
  • Date Added: Mar 19, 2011
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