An Android app for teaching current events to high school students.
The Student News Daily current events app is available now in the App Store. It is completely free and contains absolutely no advertising of any kind.
The Student News Daily app in the classroom:
“The StudentNewsDaily app is student friendly. Students become engaged in the text immediately. The topics are very interesting and span across all disciplines. Students are empowered with confidence to encourage meaningful conversation. The pre-made questions are rigorous and require higher order thinking skills.”
Mrs. Goodwin of Performance Learning Center High School in Charlotte, NC
Quick overview of what’s in the Android app:
- Daily News Article: Comprehension and critical thinking questions are found on the article page, below the article. In addition, we provide “Background” and “Resources” (including video clips, maps and links) below the questions to give students a better understanding of the current events story.
- Daily Best of the Web is an excerpt from The Wall Street Journal’s “Best of the Web” posting. This is a collection of interesting items found by readers on the internet and commented on by James Taranto, editor of The Wall Street Journal’s “Opinion Journal” webpage. (Note: no questions are posted in this category.)
- Tuesday’s World Events are three short news stories from around the world. Questions are found below the article. In addition, “Background” and “Resources” are provided below the questions.
- Wednesday’s Example of Media Bias is a weekly example of biased news reporting. Also included on this page are questions about the excerpt and definitions of the types of media bias. (Note: answers to the questions in this category can be found by scrolling to the bottom of the page.)
- Thursday’s Editorial is a weekly opinion article from the web. Questions asking students to explain their opinion or reaction are found below the article. As individual views vary, answers are not provided for this category.
- Finally, to round-out the week, we provide Friday’s News Quiz, a 10 question multiple choice or true/false quiz with questions relating to the week’s five “Daily News Articles.”
In addition to the main categories, we provide other current events items including:
- Editorial Cartoon — a new cartoon is posted each Friday. The cartoon is accompanied by a question requiring the student to demonstrate understanding of the cartoonist’s intended meaning. Answers to the questions can be found by scrolling to the bottom of the page.
- Extras! – this category includes: “Quote of the Week,” “Human Interest News Briefs,” “Video of the Week” as well as general blog entries. (The Quote of the Week is posted on Tuesdays – it is typically a thought-provoking and sometimes amusing quote. The Human Interest News Stories are posted on Mondays and include news briefs that are generally amusing and sometimes thought-provoking.)