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@ktenkely (left) @amandacdykes (right) This week I am at the #ISTE10 conference in Denver!  The conference goes from June 27 to June 30.  ISTE stands for the International Society of Technology in Education, the goal of the conference is to share proven ways that technology can improve and enhance education and learning.  People from all over the world have come to Denver to learn together.  It is truly an amazing sight to have so many passionate educators in one place! Today I got the chance to meet my PLN in person, what a wonderfully bizarre experience.  We interact on Twitter all day every day and it feels like we are already old friends.  But we had no idea what the other really looked like, what facial expressions they make, what their voice sounded like.  To start putting all of that together was pretty cool.  I got the chance to spend the day with @kylepace, @amandacdykes, @thenerdyteacher, @MrsBMG, @buzzgarwood, and briefly met many other of my awesome PLN.  All I can say is that I wish you all lived closer by so we could hang more often.  We had a blast! This week things are going to be a little different on iLearn Technology.  My posts will be focused on what I am learning at #ISTE10 that I want to share with all of you.  For those of you new to iLearn Technology, my posts are generally dedicated to quick easy ways to integrate technology into the classroom.  Those posts will resume on Thursday.  Until then, join me on my ISTE journey here and on Twitter. You can follow me @ktenkely or follow the #ISTE10 hash tag.

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News-O-Matic: New non-fiction delivered to your classroom every day!

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News-O-Matic: New non-fiction delivered to your class every day!

What it is: Press 4 Kids, News-O-Matic is both a subscription-based app and a free daily email delivered in pdf format. News-O-Matic is a fantastic current event, news source for elementary students. It is a great resource for fresh, non-fiction material for your classroom. Recall, discussion, and comprehension questions are included in each News-O-Matic. You can purchase an app subscription for your class in the 1:1 iDevice setting, or you can subscribe for the FREE daily school edition which is delivered by email. The PDF can be printed out to share with your students, or to keep your class paperless, you can share it on an interactive whiteboard or projector-connected computer.

How to integrate News-O-Matic in your classroom: News-O-Matic delivers a daily newspaper written especially for elementary-age students. Each edition comes with 5 current-event, news stories that cover the latest news, science, sports, and wacky kids stories. Students get a chance to not only read the news, but also rate articles, submit questions, and submit their drawings. News-O-Matic is  a great way to keep your students reading regularly. Each day they will get engaging non-fiction reading that helps build a global perspective. Use News-O-Matic daily, as a class discussion starter. Challenge your students to make connections between the current events they are reading about, and the learning they are doing in class. Integrate geography study with reading each day. If you have a classroom map, put a place marker on it each time you read an article that is location specific. This could also be done virtually with Google Earth. This practice will help students visualize where each event takes place, while at the same time building geography skills.

Tips: All publications are ad free, so you never have to worry about inappropriate content.

The school app edition of News-O-Matic is $9.99 and can be found here.

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